The Lightspark Foundation

The Lightspark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening democracy in the United States. Through our proprietary incubation model, we provide seed capital and in-kind strategic, back-office, and network support to nonprofit social innovators with an idea that can shift the system toward a more representative, equitable, just, and inclusive society.​

Because the issues confronting humanity are numerous and complex, Lightspark endeavors to collaborate whenever possible with funding peers and established grassroots organizations to build momentum on existing progress; while our model may be proprietary, our approach is vigorously collaborative.

Before Lightspark narrowed its focus to efforts that strengthen democracy, the Foundation supported various startup initiatives like the Lightspark Media Summit in 2017 and 2018, and the Impact Guild in 2019. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, Lightspark launched the Nourish to Flourish Initiative. A copy of the Lightspark Foundation’s IRS determination letter can be viewed here.

Board of Trustees

Special thanks to the board of directors for their administration, oversight and leadership over the Nourish to Flourish Initiative.