The 100 Percent Model

In his book Thirst, Scott Harrison, founder, and CEO of charity: water, describes the 100 Percent Model as a commitment by his nonprofit organization to ensure all public donations go directly to the projects they run to bring safe, clean water to those in need. He explains that “Americans are known for being generous, but one inContinue reading “The 100 Percent Model”

Do You Have a Hero in Mind?

In our work to spotlight and support local heroes in education, we reach out to our connections across Los Angeles for leads on potential candidates. We search for educators, students, and others involved in schools that share the following characteristics. A Lumenary is an individual or group that: works at a school or supports anContinue reading “Do You Have a Hero in Mind?”

Lumenaries & SparQs

As we spotlight and support our local heroes, we place them in two distinct categories. The first category is for adults, be they teachers, administrators, or staff, performing a social good. We call them Lumenaries (intentional spelling to match our organization’s name). Support for Lumenaries may come in the form of financial assistance to further enhanceContinue reading “Lumenaries & SparQs”

Building a Team

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.”  Nicholas Sparks As a kid, I would hear the old saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself!” This statement, masterfully applied when things weren’t going as anticipated, reinforced the notion of going it alone andContinue reading “Building a Team”

Our Mission

“To spotlight and support our local heroes in education” LumenSparQ Mission Statement Here at LumenSparQ, our mission is to spotlight our local heroes and give support through financial, human, and material resources as best fit each situation. If we discover a local hero providing food and other necessities to families in need, we may supportContinue reading “Our Mission”

LumenSparQ, Why the Name?

Lumen – A measurement of light, the approximate amount of light emitted from one birthday candle. 1 Spark – a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, a trace of a specified quality or intense feeling. 2 When brainstorming a potential name for the organization, we knew we wanted it to meet specific criteria.Continue reading “LumenSparQ, Why the Name?”

A Long Time Coming

We have discussed and dreamed about the idea of creating a nonprofit organization for years. We knew we wanted to positively impact people’s lives, particularly people at an economic disadvantage or facing struggles that most of us might never encounter. We also knew that we wanted to start in the field we knew best, education.Continue reading “A Long Time Coming”