Preview the Empowering Good experience!

Cohort Learning Journey

Live Kickoff

Meet your cohort and coach!


Impact Measurement

Ensure that your core impact measurement aligns with your mission and develop tools to track and communicate that impact


Financial Management

Take a temperature check of your organization’s finances and develop models that support long-term stability



Discover the specific risk points for your organization and design strategies to ensure success, whatever the future may bring


Your Story

Learn to tell the compelling story of your organization in ways that leave a lasting impression for all stakeholders



Learn a proven model centered around simplifying your boldest ideas into clear asks where supporters can invest and champion your cause

Your S.N.A.P.

(Sustainable Nonprofit Action Plan)

Designed to lead your organization into a brighter, more sustainable future

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the expectations of the program?

Empowering Good is a team based experience. Participating organizations are expected to identify at least two (2) and up to three (3) people, including both staff and board members. The team should consist of:

  • The Executive Director/CEO (required)
  • A key board or staff member (board member recommended)
  • An additional board or staff member active in financial and/or programmatic leadership

The team will be required to dedicate 8 hours a month. Time commitment each month is as follows: (See key cohort dates below.)

  • 4 hours of engagement with self-paced content on platform
  • 2 hours with the learning engagement coach for assistance and continued development of understanding
  • 2 hours of live sessions with speakers and trainers

To successfully complete the program, your team should collectively attend at least 80% of all sessions.

Fall ‘24 Cohort Key Dates (* in-person dates)
Orientation & Cohort Kickoff *Thursday, Sept. 12, 2024 (8:45 am – 5:00 pm)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, Oct. 3, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, Oct. 13, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, October 31, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, Nov. 14, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, Dec. 5, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, Dec. 12, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
3-hour in-person Fundraising workshop *Thursday, Jan. 9, 2024 (8:30 am – 12 pm)
1-hour virtual sessionThursday, Jan. 23, 2024 (10 – 11 am)
Coaching SessionsAs scheduled with coach
Celebration/Reception *Thursday, Feb. 13, 2024 (5:30 to 8:00 pm)

How do I qualify?

If you are an Orange County based nonprofit, or more than 50% of the clients you serve are Orange-county residents, and you were founded prior to 2020, we invite you to apply for Empowering Good.

All applicants must also demonstrate the impact of the pandemic on your organization by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate at least a 15% decrease in revenue compared to years prior to March 2020;
  • Demonstrate disruption in service delivery (ex. clients served, programs offered, etc.) with an increase or decrease in services by at least 15% compared to years prior to March 2020.

How much does the Empowering Good program cost?

100% of the financial costs associated with the Empowering Good program are covered by a grant from Orange County Government.

This means the only “cost” to your organization is the time and participation of your leadership team. (See above for specific time commitment.) We believe this investment of time to reimagine your nonprofit’s capacity and impact will be invaluable!

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications for the Spring/Summer 2024 cohort will be accepted through 11:59 PM on Friday, February 2nd, 2024 or until all spots are filled.

If you would like to apply for a cohort farther in the future, you may either complete the application now (and we’ll keep it on file) or wait for a future application period.

Do I need any documentation to apply?

The following items are required with your submission:

  • Articles of Incorporation from Florida State Division of Corporations
  • 501(C)(3) Determination Letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Copy of the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990 (990-N, 990-EZ, 990) or the organization’s board approved financial statements (CPA prepared financial statements or Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet)).

You are invited to apply to Empowering Good.

Through this training partnership with Orange County Government, participating organizations will engage with the Edyth Bush Institute to grow your nonprofit’s capacity and increase your sustainability for years to come. 

Applications for the Spring/Summer ’24 Cohort will be accepted through February 2nd, 2024 or until the cohort is full.