Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Spark Change that may help you understand our program better.
How long does the program last?
The Spark Change program runs for a full school year. The program starts in September and ends in May. We also offer a shorten version that runs from January to the end of May.
What forms of money do you accept?
We accept all American currency: coins, cash, and checks.
To whom should the check be payable?
All checks should be made payable to “Spark Change”. In the memo please write the name of the school you are contributing to.
Once students have collected change, how do I make a deposit?
How much does the program cost?
Thanks to our sponsors, there is no cost to get involved in the Spark Change program. Materials and curriculum are included.
How many students can participate?
The number of students who can participate is unlimited. We do ask that there be no more that fifteen student leaders. This helps make the decision process go quicker and be more productive.
What grades can get involved?
Spark Change is a K-12 program with a curriculum lining up with different grade levels.
How often should I meet with the student leaders?
It is best to meet with your student leaders for an hour a week. It could be a one hour session or two thirty minute sessions.
When will the organizations receive their community grant?
Community Grant participants will receive their check sometime in May. Checks are sent out after we have received all grant forms from all participating schools. This allows organizations to receive a single check if multiple schools chose to give to the same organization.
What is the difference between a community grant and a service grant?
A community grant is allocating the funds directly to the organization chosen to be used to help compete that organizations mission. A service grant is the money set aside to be used to complete a service project with.
Do you provide training to familiarize teachers with the curriculum?
Coaches’ orientations are offered in August and November for new coaches. If you are a returning coach, you will receive email with a link to an online refresher.
When can I pick up materials?
After you have turned in your school’s letter of intent, you will receive an email informing you when your school’s materials will be ready for pick up. Materials can be picked up at our Cherry Creek location. If you are outside of a fifteen mile radius from our Cherry Creek location, materials will be mailed to your school.
Who can be a coach?
A coach can be a parent, teacher, principal, or other school staff.
Can students choose an organization from another state or one not found on kids for coloradogives.org?
Students can choose any organization as long as they are a 501c nonprofit. If they are an organization not found on kids for coloradogives.org, you will have to provide an EIN# on the grant forms.