2021 Regional Investments
Grantee Organization: Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
With support from Convergence Partnership, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will work to influence and increase public investments in transportation and land use planning in Fresno and Madera Counties by amplifying community power and enhancing collaboration and capacity amongst grassroots organizations and impacted BIPOC community members.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (Leadership Counsel)
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (Leadership Counsel) is an advocacy and legal strategy organization that fundamentally shifts the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that impacts California’s low-income, rural regions.
2020 Covid Response Grants
CA Grantee Organization: Housing Now! California
With support from Convergence Partnership, Housing Now! maintained and expanded mobilization efforts with low-income communities around various state-level housing stability policies (e.g., preventing evictions during the pandemic, expansion of just cause to all tenants), shifting public support (and engaging allied advocacy groups) for these types of protective policies, and lifting up emerging policy analysis and research both with coalition members as well as the broader public as part of their strategic communications efforts.
Housing Now! California
Housing Now! California is a broad and diverse movement-building power to make housing affordable and to combat the displacement crisis that is disproportionately impacting working-class communities of color. Led by tenants, the Housing Now! coalition of 86 local and state organizations includes allied landlords, realtors, and dozens of community, faith, and labor organizations.
San Joaquin Valley, CA, Grantee Organizations: Cultiva La Salud; Dolores Huerta Foundation; Radio Bilingue; Faith in the Valley; Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Convergence Partnership support went to five San Joaquin Valley-based grassroots organizations to enhance existing efforts. Cultiva la Salud, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Radio Bilingue worked jointly on parent engagement efforts around school food quality and access during the pandemic; influencing school food policy; and securing culturally appropriate school meals with convenient pick-up and delivery options for families across three school districts in the Central Valley. Faith in the Valley worked on local housing protections and holding local electeds accountable in their pandemic responses, which resulted in $1 million in CARES Act funds in Merced County being allocated to rent, utility and mortgage payments for low-income residents. Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability engaged and empowered impacted community members to educate decision-makers and their staffs on issues related to Covid-19 impacts in vulnerable communities, such as worker safety, housing protections, availability and access to Covid-19 testing, and transparent public decision-making in Tulare and Madera Counties.
Cultiva La Salud
Cultiva La Salud (formerly known as the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program) has been positively impacting Merced County since 2005. The organization is dedicated to creating health equity in the San Joaquin Valley by fostering changes in communities that support healthy eating and active living.
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Dolores Huerta Foundation is a 501 (c)3 organization on a mission to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF organizes at the grassroots level developing natural leaders with hands-on training through collective action focused on Education, Health and Safety, LGBTQIA+, Equality, and Civic Engagement.
Radio Bilingüe is the leading Latino public radio network and content producer for the nation’s public broadcasting system. Its mission is to serve as a voice to empower Latinos and other underserved communities and produces the first – and only – daily national Spanish-language news and public affairs programs in public broadcasting.
Faith in the Valley
Faith in the Valley is a faith-based grassroots community organization in California’s Central Valley representing families in Fresno, Kern, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin counties. Their work is led by volunteer leaders who are among the people most impacted by equity issues: low-wage workers, young people, immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability is an advocacy and legal strategy organization that fundamentally shifts the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that impacts California’s low-income, rural regions.