Empower-Emerging Markets Foundation

Empowering young people, creating brighter futures.

aka EMpower   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.empowerweb.org

Mission

We partner with local organisations in emerging market countries, and other change-makers, to enable marginalised young people to transform their lives and communities.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Cynthia Steele

Main address

125 Maiden Lane Floor 9

New York, NY 10038 USA

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Formerly known as

EMpower/Tides

EIN

03-0529005

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Single Organization Support (S11)

Single Organization Support (T11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

EMpower is a global philanthropic organization that creates positive change through strategic investments in young people. Our focus is on youth ages 10-24 who are the most vulnerable, living in poverty and/or
precarious circumstances. Youth in these situations are also at increased risk for school dropout, adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, addiction and incarceration.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Latin America

EMpower supports 28 local grantee partner organizations in Latin America.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

EMpower supports 43 local grantee partner organizations in Asia.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

EMpower supports 22 local grantee partner organizations in Africa.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

EMpower supports 7 local grantee partner organizations in Turkey and Russia.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

EMpower supports organizations working with youth in this critical transition period to give them the tools they need to overcome these challenges and become healthy, productive adults.

EMpower partners with quality, local organizations for up to 10 years supporting their programming, development and growth. We build more sustainable interventions that empower youth through education, livelihoods opportunities and improvements in health and well-being.

GRANTEE INVESTMENT MODEL
EMpower invests in grantees for the long term and gives flexible funding. We provide up to 10 years of support, as long as mission alignment continues and grantees show results, accountability and learning. EMpower takes a partnership approach and seeks to support organizations for up to 10 years, beginning with single year programmatic support, shifting to multi-year programmatic support, and then to negotiated general support (which tends to focus on organizational strengthening). Both are considered best practices in philanthropy, and provide grantee partners stability, flexibility and increased ability to plan.
CAPACITY BUILDING
In addition to its financial grants, EMpower provides capacity building to grantee partners to strengthen them. This can take many forms: sponsoring visits to similar organizations to learn from them, conducting workshops on particular topics, providing resource materials and tools or linking them to other funders and experts. These durable investments deepen organizations' programmatic impact and potential, by helping the organizations be more efficient, effective, or sustainable.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ON ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN
Over the past 12 years, EMpower has invested in strengthening opportunities for at-risk adolescent girls and young women. We have helped organizations improve their outreach and programming for girls, infused an awareness of gender throughout organizations' work, and supported the development and sharing of knowledge, tips and resources about how to empower and skill girls in several critical areas (such as employment, entrepreneurship, sports, sexual and reproductive health).
EMpower has also supported the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of an Adolescent Girls Learning Community in Mumbai for the past 4 years. The Adolescent Girls Learning Community brings together seven organizations enhancing the skills and effectiveness of organizations' staff and the training 80+ girls and young women to be "agents of change" in their communities, working to lift restrictions that limit girls' ability to move freely, and safely, attend

Since its inception, EMpower has awarded $24,090,496 in 768 grants to 224 organizations. Our work has directly impacted the lives of 337,966 youth. We have touched the lives of over 1 million other people.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Empower-Emerging Markets Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eric Baurmeister

Meet EMpower's Board:

Marta Cabrera

EMpower

Beth Fredrick

International Women's Health Coalition

Michael Hirshhorn

International Human Rights Funders Network

Robert Kushen

Open Society Institute

James Donald

Lazard Asset Management

Patricia Ahn

Credit Suisse

Eric Baurmeister

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Kristin Ceva

Payden & Rygel

Bill Connolly

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Eric Dannheim

Moore Capital

Rachelle Keller

Citi

Bob von Rekowsky

Matthew Ryan

MFS

Thomas Saidy

Cartica Management LLC

Jim Valone

Wellington Management Company

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes