OVERVIEW: Empower focuses on at-risk children and young people ages 10 to 24. In the global health space, the foundation supports organizations that work in youth health education, HIV prevention, nutrition, and positive youth socialization.
IP TAKE: EMpower supports local organizations and grassroots groups with a track record of success.
PROFILE: In 2000, a group of financial professionals in the emerging markets sector decided to create a foundation to give back to local communities in the countries where they worked. The result was the EMpower Foundation. The foundation has since narrowed down its giving to at-risk youth ages 10 to 24.
The foundation’s Health and Wellbeing program supports projects that strengthen youth health education, HIV prevention, psychosocial support, reproductive health, nutrition, and positive youth socialization. To learn more about the types of organizations EMpower supports, explore its Grantee Partner.
The foundation funds groups working in South America, Central America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. EMpower takes a proactive approach towards grantmaking, and does not accept unsolicited proposals. Initial grants tend to span 12 months and the foundation offers grantees the opportunity to apply for multiyear funding provided that their work has produced measurable results and their missions continue to align with EMpower’s. The foundation limits multiyear funding to 10 years.
- Marta Cabrera, President
- Cynthia Steele, Executive Vice President
- Nisha Dhawan, Senior Program Officer, India
- Carmen Morcos, Senior Program Officer, Latin America
- Theodoros Chronopoulos, Senior Program Officer, Africa
- Gritt Richter, Senior Program Officer, South and Southeast Asia
- Filiz Bikmen, Senior Program Officer, Turkey