Powered Up

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 minority-led nonprofits 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.   

2023 Participants: Scroll down to meet the leaders participating in the 2023 Cohort .

   Past Cohort Graduates


  • One year of Together SC membership
  • Organizational Assessments
  • Technical Support
  • Coaching for Executive Directors and Board Chairs


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Organizations must have their 501 c-3 status and be registered and in good standing with the SC Secretary of State's office and the IRS. 
  • 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.
  • Be minority-led and/or working in underserved communities.
  • Have a professional paid executive director who is in a position to take advantage of the program's resources.  
  • Have a board with at least three members and an elected board chair and that meets regularly and is actively engaged.
  • The organization’s annual budget should be between $50,000 and $250,000 in revenue.
  • The executive director and board chair must submit a co-signed letter sharing what they hope to get out of the program and that they are able to make the following commitments.
    • Executives will invest three to ten hours a month to work on program objectives.
    • Completion of the organization assessment in a timely manner. 
    • Executives must confirm their ability to attend in-person Carolina Leadership Seminars seminars in Columbia.
    • Board chairs must confirm their ability to attend in person the final Carolina Leadership Seminars session in Dcember.


  • Questions?  Contact Desmonies White at Desmonies@togethersc.org, or call her at (803) 929-0399, ext. 5

2023 Powered Up Cohort

2023 Powered Up Cohort
  • LuLu Cameron

    LuLu Cameron

    Executive Director, SC 4 Restorative Justice

  • Randolyn Harmon

    Randolyn Harmon

    Executive Director, Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative

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  • Kathryn Martin

    Kathryn Martin

    CEO, Melanated Melon

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  • Tracey D Pressley

    Tracey D Pressley

    Director/CFO, CMDs Pantry

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  • Keisha Stewart

    Keisha Stewart

    Executive Director, Infinite Possibilities Inc

  • Melinda Waddell

    Melinda Waddell

    Executive Director, The Manna House

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  • Wayne Brown

    Wayne Brown

    Executive Director, New Vision Community Development Corporation

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  • Desmonies White

    Desmonies White


    Programs & Operations Manager, Together SC

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    Together SC Lead Staff

  • Jessica Cohen

    Jessica Cohen

    Chief Strategist & Owner, Spark Solutions Coaching & Consulting