Empowerment Works, Inc.

For a Thriving World

aka Empowerment WORKS   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.empowermentworks.org

Mission

Inspired by indigenous wisdom since 2001, Empowerment WORKS (EW) is a social change organization promoting global collaboration in support of local solutions for a thriving world. In the world's most culturally rich, yet economically challenged communities, Empowerment WORKS brings access to markets, appropriate technologies and education, within the grasp of citizens on the front lines. Empowerment WORKS fosters a diverse, cross-sector network of Partners in Empowerment (PIE) united in action by an ecologically inspired social innovation framework called 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS). Through this holistic mission, Empowerment WORKS inspires people across the globe to realize the value of their existing knowledge, unique talents and collective potential to change the world.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Melanie Shane St.James

Main address

1187 Coast Village Rd Suite 101

Santa Barbara, CA 93108 USA

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EIN

31-1796801

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hopelessness and disconnection from nature, fellow humanity, and ourselves.

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?

The Global Summit - biennial social innovation forum

The Global Summit (TGS) is much more
than an event. It is a strategic educational outreach initiative of Empowerment WORKS (EW) which has been innovating systemic approaches to global sustainability since 2001.

Uniting global Partners in Empowerment
(PIE) in year-round collaborations; TGS acts as a catalyst for EW’s
systemic approach to community development: 7
Stages to Sustainability.

Officially co-created Nov. 16-18, 2008
by a multi-sector network of Partners
in Empowerment (PIE), The Global Summit is the capstone of the Empowerment
Works eco-system.

Hosted in a
different world bio-region every other year, TGS unites the most dedicated
social and environmental change makers, powerful leaders, and grass-roots
citizens to co-create global solutions, catalyze local action, and share
what works for a sustainable world.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent
People of Middle Eastern descent

Tools to catalyze sustainable social change

Applied as a curriculum, 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) delivers a universal tool-kit to turn local assets into holistic solutions; catalyzing ground up business, technological and social innovation.

7SS Basic Training Participants Learn To:
- Apply design-thinking to transform critical issues into opportunities
- Unite people, businesses and organizations in win-win collaborations
- Identify best practices and tools as needed within local context
- Design an evaluation, set indicators & measure results

​To ensure local relevance of educational content & tools, EW partners with local organizations and social entrepreneurs to co-develop and facilitate each program.

In 2017 EW launched the first Catalyst Action Training (CAT) in Kathmandu graduating 22 extraordinary young women leaders.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Multiracial people

Pulse of the Movement is EW's free webcast / podcast series, illuminating local solutions; inspiring daily actions for a thriving world.
- From child care to climate
- Timely topics & tools
- Fresh perspectives
- Extraordinary voices

At Empowerment WORKS, we see responsible media as the foundation of positive social change. Pulse of the Movement (PoM) is our opportunity to bring you diverse voices from the front lines of the movements that shape our future.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Nomadic people

Since 2004, Empowerment Works (EW) has provided 501c3 nonprofit fiscal sponsorship services to projects advancing its tax exempt mission (http://www.empowermentworks.org/fiscal.html) towards a healthier, culturally-rich and bio-diverse world.

WHY? Nonprofits typically spend 20% on administration. By sharing overhead and bundling basic services, EW enables these efforts to direct up to 95% of donor support to program needs (EW accepts a base admin fee = 5% of total project revenue).

Moreover, EW fiscally sponsored projects become part of EW's multi-sector network of Partners in Empowerment, gaining access to 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) https://www.empowermentworks.org/7-stages-to-sustainability-7ss.htmll coaching framework, social action research, community events and other mutually supportive outreach opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Artists and performers

Where we work

Awards

Trust Provider 2008

World of Good

Founding Member 2006

Coalition for a Sustainable Africa

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations accessing technical assistance offerings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Multiracial people

Related Program

Fiscal Sponsorship: Reducing Duplication. Catalyzing Impact through Collaboration.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Projects in Empowerment WORKS Fiscal Sponsorship Program, Social Impact Salons, and direct mentorship. Receiving legal, administrative, and financial tools and guidance.

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Ethnic and racial groups, Young adults

Related Program

The Global Summit - biennial social innovation forum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Global Summit Tokyo 2020 inspired thousands w/ 100 musicians in a 20 hour concert across 5 time-zones. We are now exploring new partnerships for the next generation of summits.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Tribal and indigenous religious groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) & Catalyst Action Training (CAT)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Via The Global Summit, and downloads of the 7SS Online Training, and Action Toolkit to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

1) Strengthen the ability of the creative impact leaders and organizations in our network to successfully realize our shared mission through financial and technical tools.

2) Identify partners demonstrating high integrity and impact to lead the next generation of The Global Summit series that share our values.

3) Inspire and expand the community led approach and educational tools in EW's flagship curriculum online to impact 5000 communities by 2024.

Foster connection, community-based solutions, and awareness via the production, facilitation, and program design of diverse events (from conferences to festivals). EW flagship event series include:
- Artists in Action events celebrate, demonstrate, and co-create an inspired future - since 2001
- The Global Summit biennial fosters unity through diversity - since 2008

Training and technical support for social entrepreneurs and early-stage nonprofit groups:
- EW provides fiscal sponsorship services to projects advancing our 501c3 mission
- Scaling the 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) curriculum online and partnerships

Creatively expanding opportunities for impact in all sectors of society:
- Partners In Empowerment (PIE) framework emphasizing the unique roles within private, and creative sectors

At the foundation of Empowerment WORKS is a collaboration road map we call "7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS)" - empowering communities to build sustainable futures from the ground up.

1. Build a team around your ideal future.

2. Assess local assets = economic opportunities.

3. Make a plan (co-create solutions).

4. Educate Yourself and Learn from Others.

5. Identify, exchange & invest in LOCALLY appropriate technologies & critical information in health, energy, transportation, construction, agriculture, water, IT, education, etc. - How can you ADD GREATEST VALUE to your LOCAL ASSETS (Stage 2)?

6. Harness the power of the private sector to deliver what's needed & create livelihoods for people in need.

Stage 7: THE CULMINATION

7. Reinvest in Impact & Deepen Sustainability. Build Public-Private Partnerships for Self-Reliance.

In 2022 (with the update of this profile) EW takes stock of two decades of leading-edge social innovation, and most of all the trust from a vast community of change agents in its home state of California which has expanded across the world with The Global Summit and further reflected in its recent 8-week online sustainability training and fiscal sponsorship program.

The sustainability it has achieved with its revenue-based program model enables it to manage its overhead and core services without expending efforts on fundraising, allowing its lean team to realize innovative win-win initiatives with ideal partners, rather than going it alone and taking on the burden of cost.

For a summary of milestones please see The Global Summit program webpage:
https://theglobalsummit.org/results/
and http://www.empowermentworks.org/case-studies--impact-learning.html

Financials

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

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Empowerment Works, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay Markert

Living Mandala

Term: 2022 - 2024

Jay Markert

Living Mandala

Dana Arak-Eng

Atty

Marc Thibault

Nativien

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data