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COMPASS Initiative® PoWER Institute
Partners Working for Enhanced Results


PoWER Boards 2022

Application open from 
June 6, 2022 - July 10, 2022

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 Boards 2022

PoWER Institute’s “PoWER Boards” is a five (5) session rigorous learning opportunity for organizations interested in strengthening the knowledge and skillsets of the organization’s board of directors, and maximizing the board’s ability to ensure the continuity of the organizational impact. The goal of PoWER Boards is to familiarize participants with:

•    The role of the members of the board of directors
•    The board of directors’ core responsibilities 
•    Best practices of a successful board of director

To achieve the goal, participants will explore topics such as board governance, strategic planning, the financial responsibilities of board members, required documentation, and how to successfully run a board meeting. 

The Institute is a synchronized learning opportunity that includes both cooperative learning and coaching. Participants will work closely with the institute coaches to examine the strengths and weaknesses of their current board and to develop a plan for future board success.

Who Should Apply?

New or established organization with room for growth and development to strengthen the organization’s board of directors. Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) status, or have a fiscal sponsor.

Interested organizations must demonstrate a commitment to improving the operations of their organization’s board of directors. The organization must have been established and providing community support for at least one (1) year. The Institute is open to applicants within the following Southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN or TX).  

Each organization is required to send at least two (2) members, no more than three (3), members of their organization to participate. The same two (2) to (3) people from the agency are expected to participate in all virtual and coaching sessions. To ensure best outcomes, PoWER Board participants should come from the executive board and executive level leadership of the organization. These sessions are not intended for direct service staff without the engagement of a decision maker within the organization. 

Space is limited (up to fifteen organizations will be selected to participate). Upon successful completion of the institute, participants will have the ability to apply for funding to support proposed board development activities.

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 following 12 Southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, 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 one (1) years of providing services, and at least six (6) months of demonstrated experience in providing HIV/AIDS specific services
  • Fully participate including attendance in online sessions 
  • Have the ability to participate in Zoom meetings (computer technology that will allow video and web conferencing with camera and sound)


Participants successfully completing all sessions of PoWER Boards will be eligible to participate in an exclusive funding cycle. Organizations will have the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 in funds to carry out a board enhancement project. To apply, organizations will be required to submit a scope of work and a corresponding budget. Admission into PoWER boards does not guarantee participation in the exclusive funding cycle. 

Note: Participation is MANDATORY for all scheduled coaching and web-based sessions in order to qualify to apply for the board support funding opportunity. Please do not apply if you aren't available to attend.

PoWER Boards Timeline:
Application Due                                     July 10, 2022 
Notification of Acceptance                     July 18, 2022
Session 1                                               August 12, 2022 
Session 2                                               August 26, 2022
Session 3                                               September 9, 2022
Session 4                                               September 23, 2022
Round Table Discussion                        September 30, 2022

Application Instructions
A complete application for the PoWER Boards 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, 2022, WILL NOT BE REVIEWED or CONSIDERED for participation.


**Participation in the PoWER Boards 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.