Spark Financial becomes profit for purpose organisation

National dealer group, Spark Financial, has entered into binding terms to become Australia’s first social business dealer group.

Source: Money management, 5th December 2022

From 1 July, 2023, the firm would become a 100% profit for purpose financial services organisation where all of its profits would go to charity.

Boutique dealer group Spark was founded in 2018 and had offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Singapore, working with 80 financial advisers.

Founder and chief executive, Arthur Kallos, would have his salary capped for his remaining tenure at Spark, his short-term performance incentive (STI) would be donated and Kallos aimed to donate $1 million himself over the next five years.

A sub-fund had been set up, Spark Hope, which would distribute capital in the form of grants and impact initiatives. This would focus on helping disadvantaged groups such as domestic violence victims and Indigenous communities to access advice and delivering financial literacy to underprivileged children.

“We want to work with our advisers to participate in life-changing solutions to those who need advice the most but cannot afford it through Spark Hope grants,” said Kallos.

“We want to solve the access to good advice as no technology or legislative change can do this alone, there will always be people falling through the gap.

“We want to change the world of advice by creating a platform that empowers and resources our advisors to social change & awareness in their local communities.”

There would no operational or leadership changes at the business and the philosophy would align to its investment solution services where investment portfolios would have a strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) ethos and mandate with further opportunities for wholesale and retail clients.

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