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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.”

"converge uses an organizing framework to shift power so communities of color are self-defined & self-determined"
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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 and facilitation

Converge facilitates meetings and retreats, team-building sessions, workshops, convenings and trainings to build power and create agreement and action.

initiative management

Converge manages a number of philanthropic and nonprofit initiatives for both local and national partners in a variety of sectors.

strategic planning and organizational development

Converge created a strategic planning methodology rooted in our values and that seeks to operationalize the elements described in our approach and methodology to yield a comprehensive and bold strategic plan.

racial & intersectional equity

Converge manages a number of philanthropic and nonprofit initiatives for both local and national partners in a variety of sectors.

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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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