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COMPASS Initiative® PoWER Institute (Partners Working for Enhanced Results)

The Emory University COMPASS Coordinating Center
The Emory University COMPASS Coordinating Center (ECCC) is a part of PRISM Health, a research group within the Rollins School of Public Health.  Emory’s Coordinating Center supports organizational capacity building through grant making, organizational assessments and technical assistance, and evaluation.  The ECCC’s grant making initiative will create long-term, sustainable change in leaders, organizations, and ultimately, communities by employing capacity building strategies that will strengthen the infrastructure and support the viability of HIV/AIDS serving organizations in the U.S. South, while also expanding the capacity of existing resources to more effectively address HIV/AIDS service needs in these communities. By starting with the data, using innovative mapping strategies to meet unmet needs, using technology to promote information sharing, and careful program evaluation and monitoring, the Emory Center intends to help impact HIV in the south by:

  • Improving access to high quality services
  • Building sustainable organizational capacity
  • Nurturing the development of organizations that are of the community and responsive to community needs
  • Leaving organizational partners stronger and more resilient as a result of shared work

PoWER Institute (Partners Working for Enhanced Results)
The PoWER Institute (Partners Working for Enhanced Results) is the Emory COMPASS Coordinating Center’s most intensive strategy for assisting organizations with transforming organizational practice, improving systems and operations, and ensuring data driven service outcomes. The primary goal of the PoWER Institute is to move organizations to the next level of organizational expansion and sustainability through an examination of work flow, internal operations, organizational structure, governance and leadership and program management.  A second important goal of the PoWER Institute is to strengthen community networks through enhanced collaboration between participating organizations as they seek improvements in shared topic areas. Participating organizations must demonstrate a commitment to improve the functioning of their organizations and possess the foundational leadership and infrastructure to lead and support associated organizational changes.

 The PoWER Institute consists of 6 monthly sessions with all participating organizations followed by 3 months of individualized coaching for each organization with an assigned capacity building coach (CBC) who is experienced in organizational development practice.  Group learning sessions will include face-to-face workshops, conference calls and web-based discussions.  Individualized coaching may include a combination of site visits, one-on-one sessions, or small group coaching sessions.

Organizations interested in participating in the PoWER Institutes must demonstrate a commitment to improving the functioning of their organizations and have an interest in expanding services in areas that have minimal resources available to people living with or impacted by HIV.  Institutes will be offered 1-2 times each year in a different region within the Deep South states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN or TX).  Regional organizations will be selected to participate in a cohort based on HIV incidence and prevalence rates and the availability of HIV care and prevention resources in the region.  At least five (5) organizations will be selected to participate in each cohort, and a stipend will be available to organizations that remain in good standing (i.e. attend all scheduled learning and follow-up sessions and meet all reporting requirements) during the Institute.  All travel expenses will be paid by the Emory COMPASS Coordinating Center.

Organizations eligible to participate in the PoWER Institutes must:

  • Be an AIDS Service Organization; a CBO that prioritizes HIV/AIDS prevention or care services, or is a CBO with a substantial budgetary investment in HIV related programming;
  • Have at least one infrastructure or organizational capacity need that they would like to address in a collaborative, shared learning environment;
  • Be located in and doing work within the selected regions for each institute;
  • Be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply;
  • Must be in good standing with other funding providers, including the local health department (as appropriate)

Additional requirements for participation in the PoWER Institute include:

  • Commitment of 2 staff members per organization to fully participate in the institute.  Full participation includes attendance of both team members at each face-to-face session, webinar, and coaching session.  Each organization’s team should include:
    • 1 team member should be a decision maker (Executive Director, CEO, Director, etc.)
    • 1 team member should be directly involved in project implementation and/or will serve as the primary point of contact
    • Staff members cannot be temporary employees or planning to leave the agency within the next 12-months.
  • Organization(s) must have at a minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in addressing HIV/AIDS.

Awarded Participating agencies will receive a travel stipend ($2K) at the beginning of the institute to support travel costs to the institute sessions and 2 additional stipend payments of $5K each to support program costs, staff time, and the implementation of special projects and activities conducted throughout the institute related to implementing capacity building activities or enhancing organizational functioning. Hotel costs, breakfast, and lunch for each of the team members of the participating organization will be covered by the Emory Compass Coordinating Center. Dinner will be on your own.

  • Organizations will receive a $12,000 stipend paid in 3 installments. The final istallment will be paid at the completion of all scheduled and follow-up sessions.

Application Instructions
A complete application for the PoWER Institute includes: 

  • Application form(s) (including Participating staff profiles, signed program commitment statement and project narrative)
  • 2 letters of support - 1 community partner and 1 funder
  • An initial organizational assessment
  • 501(c)(3) Verification

Applications should be completed ONLINE and submitted through the COMPASS Initiative® application portal. Required attachments should be uploaded in the appropriate place in the application. Note: The organizational assessment will take approximately  20 mins. to complete and must be completed in one sitting. You will have the opportunity to save and return to the remainder of the application as needed before final submission.  The entire application and attachments should not take more than 2 hours to complete. 
Applications received AFTER 11:59 EST on March 15, 2019  WILL NOT BE REVIEWED or CONSIDERED for participation.

Those that are selected to participate in PoWER will be required, without exception, to participate in the following events at the scheduled dates, times, and location - as well as in the event that dates or location change.  If you are NOT able to comply with this requirement, please do NOT submit an application for consideration in PoWER. 

Date Time Session Location
3/26/19 9:30-12:00pm Pre-Institute Webinar Virtual Session
4/16-17/19 9:00-4:00pm In-Person Session TBD
5/14/19 9:30-12:00pm Virtual Session Virtual Session
6/12/19 9:30-12:00pm Virtual Session Virtual Session
7/9/19 9:30-12:30pm Virtual Session Virtual Session


9:00-4:00pm In-Person Session TBD
8/15-10/31 As Needed Optional Coaching Period TBD

Please return to the Home page to apply for this funding opportunity.