who are we?
We are globally minded change-makers who believe in the power of connection to inspire and transform. We have a decade of experience providing transformational journeys that unite, empower and unleash resources that improve the world.
As a marketing consultant for Fortune 500 companies and a leader for fast growth start-ups, Rich and Ryan found themselves working hundred hour weeks, living out of suitcases in sterile hotel rooms, and attending far too many meaningless happy hours. Like so many, they were searching for purpose, connection and the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves.
This led Rich on a journey to Africa, where, after conversations with local leaders, he was inspired to step into the social sector, co-founding Spark Ventures in 2006 - a nonprofit focused on international community development. Along the way, Spark Ventures began to facilitate engagement trips for the mutual benefit of supporters and partner communities abroad. Meeting the desire that people had for deeper connection and inspiration led to hundreds participating in these journeys to Africa and Latin America.
Meanwhile, Ryan was an early founder at fast growing technology start-up, where he experienced firsthand the endless challenge surrounding employee engagement and retention. Employees were expecting and demanding more - traditional training and employee benefits were not enough. People wanted to connect and contribute to the world in meaningful ways and if companies didn’t offer this, employees would look elsewhere. Feeling this desire himself, Ryan ventured to Nicaragua with Rich and Spark Ventures and he immediately realized how this powerful experience could benefit companies and their employees.
After hundreds of conversations and meetings, numerous wrong turns, some generous advisors, and two great dogs, Ryan and Rich founded Ignite, with the mission to provide experiences that benefit humanity and the planet. At Ignite, we are energized by the growing demand from individuals and companies to pursue purpose, social responsibility and global citizenship. Through continued collaboration with Spark Ventures, deep relationships with our community partners and an extensive background engaging and developing employees, we are uniquely positioned to provide experiences that lead to powerful connection and transformation. We can’t wait to show you how an experience can change your world.
Curated & Turn-Key
Others facilitate projects, but leave out cultural immersion, relationship building, and adventure. We start with deeply rooted partnerships and curate comprehensive and powerful experiences that companies and individuals can easily take part in.
Engage vs. Volunteer
All too often, volunteering is about a hand out, not a hand up. Instead, our community engagement is about learning, authentic exchange and activities that are culturally powerful and mutually beneficial.
Our community engagement is planned with lasting impact as a primary focus. Our partnerships are long-term, much deeper and more comprehensive than a single touch-point during any specific experience.
Our powerfully crafted itineraries include experiences that connect, inspire and transform. We provide one of a kind, purposeful journeys that lead to personal growth and professional development.
The values that we live by are incorporated into everything we do. From how we put together our experiences to who we hire, from how we engage with our customers and community partners to what shapes our decision making and strategy.
Inspire the World
Be a Global Citizen
Communicate with Purpose
Build a Community
don't take our word for it
THRILLED TO BE WORKING WITH IGNITE
Pete MarinoChief Public Affairs Officer, Miller Coors & President at Tenth and Blake
THE BEST INVESTMENT A COMPANY CAN MAKE
Sonya JacksonFounder at Mantra for Good; Former Global Giving Executive for United Airlines
Sharon RayHuman Resource Consultant
At Ignite, our mission is to provide experiences that benefit humanity and the planet. Our commitment to environmental stewardship includes a partnership with Sustainable Travel International to offset all carbon emissions from our journeys - from flights to ground transportation to our electricity and other activities. In addition, we choose partners and vendors who are similarly committed to preserving and sustaining our environment. To learn more about Ignite's commitment to the planet, please contact us here.
We are always interested in meeting others who share our values. Whether you're considering one of our experiences for your company, would like to travel individually, or are interested in joining our team, drop us a note so we can connect.