Non-profit

Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER)

Website:

powerinterfaith.org

Location:

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Tax ID:

27-4327457

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $4,350,303
Expenses: $3,123,664
Assets: $1,467,425

Type:

Left-of-center Organizing Project

President:

Dwayne Royster

Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (known simply as POWER or POWER Interfaith) is a left-of-center organizing campaign that describes itself as a coalition of various local places of worship and advocacy groups. The organization was founded in 2011 to support left-of-center policies toward the environment, criminal justice, and labor in the Philadelphia area and has since spread to efforts throughout other regions of Pennsylvania. The organization is led by Dwayne Royster, a non-denominational Christian clergyman. The group receives funding from a variety of left-of-center advocacy groups and organizations including the Democracy Alliance, the Proteus Fund, the Partnership for Working Families, and George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society. [1] [2]

Background

POWER was founded in 2011 as a collection of 37 interfaith leaders predominately from minority communities in Philadelphia. The early efforts of the group consisted in hosting town hall-style meetings and developing a policy agenda broadly supported by the organization. [3] [4]

The organization led campaigns supporting a broader effort to adopt a $15 minimum wage in Philadelphia and advancing left-of-center policy positions on criminal justice, environmentalism, and healthcare. Another early campaign led by the group was an advocacy effort for higher wages for employees at the Philadelphia International Airport, which was assisted by labor unions that partnered with the group, including 32BJ Service Employees International Union and UNITE HERE Local 274. [5] [6]

Activities

In 2020, the organization was heavily involved with the Black Lives Matter movement and began the Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform which supported the passage of two ballot initiatives in the City of Philadelphia: one ending “stop and frisk” policies and another creating a police oversight commission that gives investigative oversight power of the police department to a civilian group. [7] [8]

Other campaigns led by POWER include a Civic Engagement Campaign which attempted to increase voter turnout during the 2020 elections and a Climate Justice Campaign that supports left-of-center energy policy and calls for an end to the use of fossil fuels. [9]

In September 2022, POWER held a rally at the Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia to show support for embattled Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D), who was held in contempt by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House Committee on Restoring Law and Order. Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers also attended the event and praised Krasner, who was held in contempt by a bipartisan majority of the state house, with ten Philadelphia-area Democrats siding with Republicans in favor of the measure. [10]

Funding

POWER is funded by many left-of-center organizations and foundations including national organizations and those focused on Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Funders of the group include the Leonard Davis Healthcare initiative, the William Penn Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Campaign for Human Development, the Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation, Wayne Presbyterian Church, the Valentine Foundation, the Faith in Action Network, the Partnership for Working Families, the Democracy Alliance, the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, Our Member Congregations, the Proteus Fund, and the Foundation to Promote Open Society. [11]

References

  1. “Financial Supporters.” POWER Interfaith. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://powerinterfaith.org/financial-supporters/ ^
  2. “Mission and History.” POWER Interfaith. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://powerinterfaith.org/mission-and-history-2/ ^
  3. “Mission and History.” POWER Interfaith. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://powerinterfaith.org/mission-and-history-2/ ^
  4. Dorfman, Brandon. “Celebrating 10 years of POWER, Bishop Dwayne Royster looks to the future with a new sense of urgency.” GeneroCity. October 18, 2021. Accessed October 2, 2022. https://generocity.org/philly/2021/10/18/celebrating-10-years-of-power-bishop-dwayne-royster-looks-to-the-future-with-a-new-sense-of-urgency/ ^
  5.  “Mission and History.” POWER Interfaith. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://powerinterfaith.org/mission-and-history-2/ ^
  6. Dorfman, Brandon. “Celebrating 10 years of POWER, Bishop Dwayne Royster looks to the future with a new sense of urgency.” GeneroCity. October 18, 2021. Accessed October 2, 2022. https://generocity.org/philly/2021/10/18/celebrating-10-years-of-power-bishop-dwayne-royster-looks-to-the-future-with-a-new-sense-of-urgency/ ^
  7. Dorfman, Brandon. “Celebrating 10 years of POWER, Bishop Dwayne Royster looks to the future with a new sense of urgency.” GeneroCity. October 18, 2021. Accessed October 2, 2022. https://generocity.org/philly/2021/10/18/celebrating-10-years-of-power-bishop-dwayne-royster-looks-to-the-future-with-a-new-sense-of-urgency/ ^
  8. Moselle, Aaron. “‘Monumental leap’: Philly Council passes bill establishing new police oversight board.” WHYY. May 27, 2021. Accessed October 2, 2022. https://whyy.org/articles/monumental-leap-philly-council-passes-bill-establishing-new-police-oversight-board/ ^
  9. “Climate Justice.” POWER Interfaith. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://powerinterfaith.org/campaigns/climate-justice/ ^
  10. MacDonald, Tom. “Krasner supporters pack Philly church after Pa. House contempt vote: ‘We are supporting democracy.’” WHYY. September 15, 2022. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://whyy.org/articles/philadelphia-da-larry-krasner-contempt-vote-rally/ ^
  11. [1] “Financial Supporters.” POWER Interfaith. Accessed October 2, 2022.  https://powerinterfaith.org/financial-supporters/ ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Gwen Snyder
    Former Director of Organizing
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2014

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $4,350,303 $3,123,664 $1,467,425 $5,812 N $4,348,952 $0 $1,351 $105,400 PDF
    2019 Dec Form 990 $1,484,171 $1,408,836 $385,697 $3,819 N $1,480,958 $2,064 $1,149 $126,650 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $1,368,976 $1,365,292 $512,199 $4,096 N $1,368,976 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $1,273,719 $989,581 $532,775 $730 N $1,272,942 $0 $777 $86,662
    2016 Dec Form 990 $874,800 $708,124 $251,456 $154 N $874,424 $0 $376 $75,126 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $711,720 $710,484 $87,471 $495 N $711,568 $0 $152 $114,182 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $625,622 $600,588 $84,693 $1,093 N $625,321 $0 $301 $80,798 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $320,649 $398,287 $57,857 $0 N $320,539 $0 $110 $45,000 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $374,988 $305,005 $130,742 $1,184 N $374,834 $0 $154 $0
    2011 Dec Form 990 $211,264 $168,796 $74,406 $858 N $211,227 $0 $37 $22,915
    2010 Dec Form 990EZ $31,329 $249 $31,080 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

    Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER)

    1429 N 11TH ST
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19122-3410