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Spark

Investing in neighborhood transformation

Omaha, NE   |  https://www.sparkcdi.org/

Mission

Spark's mission is to help profoundly transform disinvested neighborhoods into prosperous and thriving communities.

Ruling year info

2016

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Buey Tut

Main address

1111 N 13th Street Suite 311

Omaha, NE 68102 USA

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EIN

81-3057920

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Developer Academy

The Developer Academy is a real estate finance and development course and networking opportunity for people of color, women, nonprofit community development professionals and public-sector employees.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls

ChangeMaker Academy is an educational program aimed at supporting and amplifying local leaders and their community-based projects.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Women

Related Program

Developer Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

reflects graduates of the Spark Developer Academy

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to help profoundly transform disinvested neighborhoods into prosperous and thriving communities, and we seek to do this via four primary activities:

1) Secure and deploy real estate invesment capital in projects in North and South Omaha
2) Lead and partner on real estate development projects in disinvested communities
3) Facilitate technical assistance programming to help build a diverse pipeline of real estate professionals in Omaha
4) Advocate for supportive housing and holistic community development policies

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Spark

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cammy Watkins

Inclusive Communities

Term: 2022 - 2024

Ralph Lassiter

Mt. Moriah

OJ Spooner

Retired Banker

Jeff Kemp

Creighton University

Andrea Kathol

Field Day Development

Annette Smith

Black Dog Management

Nancy Pridal

Lamp Rynearson

Athena Ramos

UNMC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.