Core Strategies

In pursuit of the Convergence vision and mission, the Partnership catalyzes investments, research, and policy development to transform the systems affecting health and equity outcomes for children, families, and communities. These core strategies guide how the Partnership does its work.

  • Advocacy shapes policy that catalyzes action for healthy and equitable communities.
  • Investments engage and benefit communities that need it the most and seed and influence policy and environmental change.
  • Partnerships strategically connect practitioners, advocates, community leaders, policymakers, and funders to build a shared interest in equity-focused, environmental, and policy approaches.
  • Network development among philanthropic leaders, advocates, and practitioners is scaling up the impacts that advance equity and health.
  • Strategic communications amplify awareness and build support for equity and for healthy people and healthy places.
  • Strategic assessments appraise the impact and value added of Convergence and inform future decision making and direction.

To learn more about how these core strategies advance the work of the Convergence Partnership, please visit the Blueprint for Change section.

The elements that translate into the “Convergence difference” will continue to be prioritized and integrated into its investments and activities. The elements include the following.

  • Advancing equity, first and foremost: Equity serves as the lens through which all partnership decisions are made, from what is funded and who is funded to when and how the Partnership uses its collective voice.
  • Using collaboration to redefine the boundaries of philanthropy: In acting together, the Partnership is not simply trying to meet individual organizational needs, but rather is going above and beyond organizational imperatives to achieve greater and more expansive impact.
  • Adopting strategic opportunism: The Partnership uses an adaptive, asset-based analysis to assess the benefits of its joint investments and activities in advancing its overall goals, and it applies this analysis to each specific strategy.
  • Building a network and philanthropic community of practice: The concept of “convergence” extends beyond the national partners and is deeply reflected in the Convergence Network, an emerging field of equity-focused grantmakers committed to advancing healthy people and healthy places through joint action and policy and practice changes. For examples of our work in the field, please visit the Convergence Network section.