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shifting power

shifting power

Communities of color have been systematically denied access to power. This includes power derived from organizing people, information and money. We recognize that organized power changes systems and systems must be reimagined and restructured to create more equity and justice. To do so, we use an organizing framework to shift power, so communities of color are self-defined and self-determined and systems are designed to ensure equity and justice for all.

Co-creating a just new world, requires a collective understanding of power and privilege and a willingness to shift power for the greater collective good. To do so, we root each engagement in an analysis of power and privilege, mutually agreed-upon values, and a vision for the work we will achieve together. To analyze power, we employ an intersectional framework, grounded in an understanding of race as an exponential multiplier of oppression and inequity. We also examine the implications of gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, age and class as drivers of inequity.

We understand that “power concedes nothing without a demand” (Fredrick Douglas) and shifting power requires risk and exponential growth. We commit ourselves to the co-creation of a radically just new world where communities of color thrive, because as Assata Shakur reminds us “we have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Our Work

Our Work

Strategy

Converge provides strategy coaching to CEOs, Executive Directors and senior staff.

Campaigns

Converge specializes in designing, fundraising and managing multi-institutional social-justice issue campaigns.

Convening

Converge facilitates strategic collaboration and builds values centered leaders to mobilize action through the creation and implementation of large single or multi-day in-person/virtual convenings, retreats, team-building sessions, workshops and trainings.

Initiative
Management

Converge provides strategic initiative management for diverse coalitions and collaboratives.

Organizational
Development

Converge’s organizational development services are rooted in Converge’s racial and intersectional equity analysis and methodology.

Racial &
Intersectional Equity

Converge supports organizations, public agencies, corporations and foundations seeking to deepen their organizational knowledge and commitment to racial and intersectional equity.
Partners

Partners

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Impact

Impact

American Civil Liberties Union

Converge supports the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with the development of infrastructure to organize its southern affiliates and develop regional strategies for criminal legal reform, voting rights and access and reproductive freedom.

American Medical Association

Converge coordinates a multi-institutional collaborative for the Release the Pressure Campaign (RTP) to engage 1 million Black-Americans in a 3-year campaign focused on reducing hypertension and related health disparities in the African American community. RTP coalition partner-organizations include ESSENCE magazine, the American Medical Association, American Medical Association Foundation, the National Medical Association, and the Association for Black Foundation Executives.

Greater New Orleans Funders Network

Converge developed and manages the Greater New Orleans Funders Network, a collaborative that has grown to include 34 local and national funders focused on advancing equity and justice in Southeast Louisiana. Over the past two years, this group has made more than $3.5 million in coordinated grants focused on advancing equity and justice in New Orleans.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a network of more than 75 foundations, corporations, and funding institutions that collectively award more than $1 billion annually to LGBTQ issues, partnered with Converge to develop a new five-year strategic plan. Converge also worked with Funders to develop a national training program and curriculum on intersectionality, equitable organizational practice and grantmaking in the LGBTQ community.

Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom

Converge provides facilitation and strategy development support to the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (LCRF). This work includes supporting LCRF in defining goals, building coalition infrastructure, developing proactive legislative strategy, and leveraging strategic partnerships to advance policies for reproductive freedom.

TRUE Northwest Arkansas

TRUE Northwest Arkansas is a three-year initiative focused on improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for communities of color and LGBTQ communities in Northwest Arkansas. Converge developed a public report of the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Northwest Arkansas, developed a community of practice focused on DEI and organizational development for four cohorts of non-profit leaders in Northwest Arkansas and designed customized website, training curriculum, and micro-site with resources for equitable organizational development.
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Newsletter

strategy

strategy

Converge provides strategy coaching to CEOs, Executive Directors and senior staff. Each strategy coaching engagement is customized based on specific needs and can be structured around a particular outcome or based on an on-going strategy thought-partnership agreement. All strategy coaching consultancies are led by Converge CEO or Senior Associate Consultants.
campaigns

campaigns

Our campaign portfolio includes Release the Pressure, a 3-year campaign to reduce hypertension in Black-Americans, the successful Yes on 2 constitutionl amendment campaign to end Louisiana’s racist unanimous jury law, and Louisianians for Reproductive Freedom, a constitutional amendment campaign to protect abortion access in Louisiana
convening

convening

Converge facilitates strategic collaboration and builds values centered leaders to mobilize action through the creation and implementation of large single or multi-day in-person/virtual convenings, retreats, team-building sessions, workshops and trainings. Our convening portfolio includes quarterly philanthropic convening for the Greater New Orleans Funders Network made up of 30 local and national foundations and the facilitation of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Southern Collective convening focused on operationalizing the collectives priorities.
initiative<br>management

initiative
management

Converge provides strategic initiative management for diverse coalitions and collaboratives. These range from the Greater New Orleans Funders Network, the American Medical Association’s Release the Pressure Campaign and the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom. The services overseen and implemented by Converge vary depending on the purpose of the initiative, but can include coalition design and management, governance structure development, campaign strategy development and implementation and small and large event planning and facilitation.
organizational development

organizational development

Converge’s organizational development services are rooted in Converge’s racial and intersectional equity analysis and methodology. Our organizational development services include strategic planning, board development, operational planning and organizational assessment.
Racial & <br/>Intersectional Equity

Racial &
Intersectional Equity

Converge supports organizations, public agencies, corporations and foundations seeking to deepen their organizational knowledge and commitment to racial and intersectional equity. Converge provides customized training and curriculum, as well as, coaching and strategy development to support. Converge also conducts in-depth organizational assessments, across 11 capacity areas, to facilitate the creation of customized Racial and Intersectional Equity organizational commitments and measurable action plans.