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

PoWER Leadership
July 21-22 - November 16-18, 2020

Virtual & In-Person Session TBD



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 Leadership
Goal:  To harness the power of LEADERVATION™ for ASO Executive Leaders via a world-class empowering coaching initiative.                            

The PoWER Institute’s “PoWER Leadership” Institute is an innovative, 4-month intensive collaborative learning opportunity for new and existing CBO leaders interested in a professional development opportunity focused on incorporating innovation into your organization.  The goal is to unleash infinite potential in leaders, and grow LEADERVATION pathways toward Excellence.  This program is designed for Champions seeking to synergize and optimize their leadership blueprint.  The institute will be led by Jacqueline Coleman, MEd, MSM, CPC, CLC, Owner & Visionary of Vision Que! LLC who will serve as the PoWER Coach & Guide.

Our design features a combination of in-person sessions (2), web-based trainings (4-6), and individualized consultations with a Capacity Building Coach (1-2x/month).  The intent of PoWER Leadership is to help participating organizations learn how to:

  • Build innovation into programs and services
  • Understand the different Styles of Leadership
  • Distinguish between Leaders vs Managers
  • Employ Effective Decision Making Strategies
  • Learn the Traits of LEADERVATORS

PoWER Leadership will provide Executive Directors with an opportunity to share this experience with another staff member who shows promise in leadership.   

Who Should Apply?
Executive Directors, Board Chairs, or Department Directors should apply, in partnership with an emerging leader from within their organizations.  Each organization is required to send 2 members of their organization to commit to participate in all group and individual coaching sessions. These sessions are not intended for direct service staff without the engagement of a decision maker within the organization.

Organizations interested in participating in the PoWER Institutes must demonstrate a commitment to improving the functioning of their organizations and leadership, 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. 

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 an organization budget less than of leass than $1 million
  • 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 3 years of providing services, and at least 2 years of demonstrated experience in providing HIV/AIDS specific services.
  • Fully participate including attendance at all virtual group learning and coaching sessions. . 
  • Have the ability to participate in Zoom meetings (computer technology that will allow video and web conferencing with camera and sound).
  • If travel is approved, safe, and preferred, must have the ability and willingness to travel to the host site if you are less than 3 hours away (You will have to provide your own transportation if less than 3 hours away from the site of sessions.  Reimbursement for mileage will be available). Must also have the ability and/or willingness to fly to in person sessions if more than 3 hours away.

Note:  Participation is MANDATORY for all scheduled in-person, coaching and web-based sessions in order to qualify for the final stipend payment.

All travel costs (including lodging) & an organizational stipend ($5,000) will be available to all accepted participants.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided during the in-person sessions. 


PoWER Leadership Timeline: 2020 Cohort
Application Due                                     July 6, 2020 
Notification of Acceptance                     July 10, 2020
Orientation Session                               July 21-22, Virtual
Webinars (monthly)                               3rd Fridays of each month  
Final Session                                         November 16-18, 2020, Location & Format (TBD if appropriate)

Coaching Sessions                                As scheduled

In-Person sessions for the 2020 Cohort will be held in:  TBD

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 6, 2020  WILL NOT BE REVIEWED or CONSIDERED for participation.


**Participation in the PoWER Leadership 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.