EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking organization that ties the resources of Emerging Markets (EM) professionals world-wide with the vitality of community-based social sector initiatives in developing countries Latin America, Africa, Asia, Russia and Turkey
What Makes EMpower Unique?
• Concentration on emerging market countries - at a time when many other funders are leaving to work in less developed countries.
• Focus on young people and the four critical building blocks for their future - education, health, economic opportunities and leadership.
• EMpower values donor input and engages them in decisions about grants and in dialogue with grantee partners about the issues they face and their solutions.
• Streamlined, transparent, and highly cost-effective grantmaking model and we give 100% of funds raised from individuals to our grantee partners.
EMpowers Approach to Grantmaking
EMpowers grantmaking principles are drawn from best practices in business as well as in international grantmaking. These guide not only the selection of grant recipients but also the ways we manage our own organization. Therefore, we seek partners who, like us, are committed to demonstrate effectiveness, transparency, efficiency, an interest in learning and evaluation, solution-oriented thinking, respect for and integration of the knowledge and perspectives of others, and a partnership approach to work. We work to ensure the most effective, efficient use of resources and to minimize bureaucracy in grant application and decision-making.
EMpower provides "mezzanine" grants, that is, funding for community-based groups with at least several years experience and a track record of tested approaches including effective results. We are interested in helping such organizations scale up their approaches in new geographies, expand their program offerings or develop new approaches. Institutional capacity-building and financial sustainability should be a priority for future work.