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  • criminal legal reform

    African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 5.1 times the imprisonment of whites. In five states (Iowa, Minnesota New Jersey, Vernmont, and Wisconsin), the disparity is more than 10 to 1.
  • racial justice

    Since the Great Recession the gap between the black and white homeownership rates in the United States has increased to its highest level in 50 years, from 28.1% points in 2010 to 30.1% points in 2017. The 30.1% point gap is wider than it was when race-based discrimination against homebuyers was legal.

  • philanthropy

    A recent study on racial equity in philanthropy found that:

    • 92% of foundation presidents and 83% of full-time staff members are white
    • A $20 million funding gap exists in between White-led and Black-led organizations
  • lgbtq rights

    LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, are at high risk for unemployment. 44% of transgender people are unemployed or under-employed.
  • economic justice

    During the most recent economic downturn, median net worth declined by more for Black families (44.3% decline from 2007 to 2013) than for white families (26.1% decline). In fact, the ratio of white family wealth to Black family wealth is higher today than at the start of the century.
  • reproductive justice

    Black mothers are dying at 3 to 4 times the rate of non-Hispanic white mothers, and infants born to Black mothers are dying at twice the rate as infants born to non-Hispanic white mothers.

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  • New Orleans Music Education Convening Recap

    My tour group walked into Bethune Elementary to the sound of jazz. Following the music, we were graced with the sounds of Bethune’s music students and a set of world renowned jazz musicians and a …
  • Converge Event Recap: Maximizing GiveNOLA Day with Social Media

    Last Wednesday, we hosted our first free Converge Workshop, “Maximizing GiveNOLA Day with Social Media” at our headquarters on Canal Street. The workshop focused on development and social media st…
  • Converge en Puerto Rico

    In February, at the invitation of the Ford Foundation and Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico, a network of progressive funders, I had an opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico to learn about the…
  • Converge Partners to Launch New Orleans Education Equity Index on Wednesday, September 13th

    On Wednesday, September 13th from 5:30-7:00pm at Propeller, Converge, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and Orleans Public Education Network will co-host a public forum on educational equity …
  • Converge Principal Featured in ABFE Magazine

    The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) features Converge founder and principal Takema Robinson in ABFE Magazine’s August 2017 edition. Takema, a 2013 ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellow,…
  • Converge Launches Interactive Digital Training Course Aimed to Dismantle Racism and Oppression in the U.S.

    R.I.S.E. offers a New Approach to Dismantle White Supremacy through the Intentional Centering of Equity and the Redistribution of Power and Resources Converge is taking a deeper dive into the t…
  • Founder of Converge Social Justice Consulting Firm, Takema Robinson, Joins Planned Parenthood Board in the Gulf Coast Region

    Planned Parenthood, the leading source of reproductive health information, education and advocacy for more than 100 years, has appointedTakema Robinson to join its Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (P…
  • Hey! We’re in the Advocate

    Written by Takema Robinson for the Advocate Forward by Celeste Lavelle  Philanthropy today must fund organizations that not only serve Black and Brown communities, but are led by people…
  • Have You Read This?

    How the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina Apply to Philanthropy’s Challenges Today An interview by Nicole Wallace at the Chronicle of Philanthropy Forward by Celeste Lavelle If we use this mom…
  • The Future of Abortion Access in Louisiana

    By Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director of Lift Louisiana Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law intended to shut down abortion clinics in the state. This unexpected de…
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