Powered Up

Duke Energy's Nonprofit Learning Cohort

Duke Energy and Together SC have joined forces to invest in “up and coming” community-focused nonprofits critical to our state. 

Powered Up offers a full year of customized technical assistance and coaching for ten nonprofits that are minority-leading and/or working in underserved communities in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area.

During the year, Together SC staff, consultants and nonprofit leaders will work individually with each organization’s team to help them develop their leadership capacity; improve their governance, operations, and financial conditions; and increase their impact.   

Participants: Together SC seeks to work with leaders from 10 nonprofit organizations that are minority-leading and/or working in underserved communities in Duke Energy's service area.  

Timeline: May 2022 through March 2023. 


  • One year of Together SC Membership
  • An Organizational Assessment
  • Technical Support
  • Monthly One-on-One Coaching for Executive Directors and Board Chairs

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Organizations must have their 501 c -3 status and be registered with the SC Secretary of State. 
  • Organization' must meet Duke Energy Foundation’s Funding Guidelines. For example, the program will not be open to churches or faith based groups.
  • They must be located outside major metropolitan areas and work in Duke Energy’s service area: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown (Andrews area only), Greenville, Greenwood, Horry (Aynor & Green Sea area only), Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamburg, and York. 
  • Work in Duke Energy’s fields of interest and serve low-wealth community.
  • Have a board with at least three members and an elected board chair.
  • Have a paid executive.
  • The organization’s budget should be between $50,000 and $500,000.
  • The executive and board chair must submit a co-signed letter sharing what they hope to get out of the program and that they each commit to invest three to ten hours a month to work on program objectives.
  • Executives must confirm ability to attend CLS seminars in Columbia on: August 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov.
  • Execs and Board chairs must both confirm their ability to attend the final CLS session Dec. 9, 2022.

Apply Today!

  • Organizations can apply online NOW. The application should not take longer than 10 minutes to complete.  We will stop accepting applications at Noon on Friday, April 1, 2022.
  • Organizations will be notified  by May 1, 2022 if they have been accepted into the program.
  • Click Here to Apply

Questions?  Contact Alana Jordan at alana@togethersc.org




2022 Powered Up Participants

Carla Angus

Education & Program Manager, Lake City Creative Alliance

Elise Ashby

Executive Director, RobinHood Group

Barbara Black

Barbara Black

Doctorate of Divinity, President of Johnsonville Chambers, President of Pee Dee...

Founder/CEO, Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Michael Brown

Executive Director, Sustaining Way

Nancy Landerman

Nancy Landerman

Executive Director, The Haven Men's Shelter

Jonathan Nazeer

Jonathan Nazeer

CEO, Victory Gardens International

Shelley Price

Executive Director, GRASP

Justine Roberts

Executive Director/ceo, Performing Arts And Science Academy Pasa

Lydia Weflen

Step By Step Ministry Hope Project

Andrea White

Andrea White

Executive Director , Food Bank of Greenwood County