About Us

EMpower supports local organizations in EM countries that provide at-risk youth with the tools and resources they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

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We believe that all young people, no matter their life circumstances, deserve the opportunity to create healthy, productive lives. They also can be a critical, often untapped resource for every country. Our strategic investments in locally-led organizations unlock the potential of young people to change their lives and to lead change in the world around them.

Who is EMpower?

The Emerging Markets Foundation is a global philanthropic organization that connects the resources of Emerging Markets (EM) professionals worldwide with the vitality of local organizations in emerging market countries. EMpower develops partnerships with local community-based organizations in EM countries, working to improve the lives of at-risk young people as well as to create communities where all youth can thrive. Our partnerships can last up to 10 years and advance through phases that typically include: financial support in the form of grants; technical assistance that facilitates the organization’s growth and development; and knowledge-based support to convene and network organizations and individuals, to share best-practices, replicate and scale successful programs.

What Distinguishes Us

  • A concentration on emerging market countries – at a time when the focus is often on less developed countries
  • A focus on young people and those specifically “at-risk”
  • An integrated youth development approach that includes the critical building blocks for a young person’s future — education, livelihoods, health and well-being
  • Personally engaged, committed supporters who are at the core of our organization and bring value through their input into decisions around grants and in their direct connection and dialogue with grantee partner organizations
  • A streamlined, transparent, and highly cost-effective programmatic model. We direct 100% of funds raised from individuals to our work empowering at-risk youth thanks to our Underwriters.

4-STAR Rating by Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded EMpower four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that EMpower adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

EMpower’s History

EMpower was founded in 2000 in New York City by financial professionals from the emerging market (EM) community who wanted to give back to the countries where they did business. EMpower’s strategic focus was refined in 2005 to focus on at-risk youth (ages 10-24) in EM countries. In 2007, we opened a London office and a Hong Kong office in 2011. EMpower has strong, highly engaged and active Boards and Underwriters in these three locations. In 2017, EMpower also incorporated in Delhi and Singapore to total five global offices. Currently, we partner with local organizations in 15 EM countries.

What is an Emerging Market Country?

The term “EM country” commonly refers to industrializing nations of the world. Such countries are considered to be in a transitional phase between a developing and developed economy with middle (or lower) per capita income, and often marked by sharp economic inequalities. EM and developing countries constitute about 80% of the world’s population, and represent nearly 50%– and rapidly growing—share of the world’s economy.

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Board & Underwriters

EMpower has 3 Boards providing leadership in the US, UK and HK. Underwriting Groups in each location support our global operations.

Our Team

Reporting & Financials

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Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.