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


PoWER Up for Organizational Success
August 20th-21st , 2019 - November 5th-6th
Atlanta, GA

The Emory University COMPASS Coordinating Center
The Emory University COMPASS Coordinating Center (ECCC) supports organizational capacity building through grant making, organizational assessments and technical assistance, and evaluation. 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) PoWER Up for Organizational Success
The PoWER Institute’s “PoWER Up for Organizational Success” is a 3-month intensive collaborative learning opportunity for emerging organizations interested in enhancing their infrastructure.  Our design features a combination of in-person sessions, web-based trainings, and individualized consultations with a Capacity Building Coach.  The intent of PoWER Up is to help participating organizations learn how to:

  • Assess areas in need of improvement within their organizations
  • Develop a work plan to address those concerns
  • Implement a change management strategy, and
  • Learn how to become a high-functioning organization.

 The key areas of focus include strategic planning, internal operations and fiscal management, leadership development, fund development and diversification, and sustainability.

Who Should Apply?
“Emerging Organizations” are organizations that are small to moderate in size with a budget of less than $1M and fewer than 20 employees, may be fairly new or established, but have room for growth and development to strengthen the organization’s infrastructure.  Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) status, or have a fiscal sponsor. 

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). Space is limited (up to ten (10) organizations will be selected to participate), and a stipend will be available to organizations that are accepted. 


Each organization can send up to 2 members of their organization to participate. Participants in PoWER Up should be leaders within their organizations – people who are able to make the identified changes revealed from the organizational assessment.  Executive Directors, department directors, and managers are encouraged to apply and attend. These sessions are not intended for direct service staff without the engagement of a decision maker within the organization.

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
  • Be located in and doing work within the 9 Deep South states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN or TX)
  • 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.
  • Be an organization with a minimum of 2 years of demonstrated experience in addressing HIV/AIDS.
  • Full participation including attendance of the face-to-face session. 

Note:  Participation is MANDATORY for all in-person sessions and webinars to qualify for the final stipend payment.

A travel stipend up to $1,500 (to support travel costs and lodging) & an organizational stipend ($3,500) will be available to all accepted participants.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided during the in-person sessions. 


Application Instructions
A complete application for the PoWER Institute includes: 

  • Application form (including Participating staff profiles)
  • 501(c)(3) Verification
  • Completed Organizational Assessment (upload a copy of the summary provided at the end of the assessment)
  • Commitments & Obligation Form

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. Applications received AFTER 11:59PM EST on July 10, 2019  WILL NOT BE REVIEWED or CONSIDERED for participation.


**Participation in the PoWER Up for Organizational Success does not guarantee successful award of additional COMPASS Initiative® funding, nor other grant opportunities.

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