2021 Regional Investments
Grantee Organizations: Omni Circle Group; Hutch in Harmony; The Community/La Communidad; Destination Innovation
Support from Convergence Partnership will help to build the capacity of Omni Circle Group, Hutch in Harmony, The Community/La Communidad, and Destination Innovation–four grassroots BIPOC led and serving organizations in four communities in Kansas. Two serve rural populations in Hutchinson and Garden City and two serve urban, largely redlined communities in Topeka and Wichita, Kansas. These four organizations will engage in a broader coalition of grassroots and statewide advocacy organizations focused on power building in Kansas. This cohort will be engaged in helping build and expand the narrative change infrastructure in Kansas to address the systemic racist policies that harm all Kansans, both urban and rural, particularly Black, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous, immigrant and refugee populations.
Omni Circle was created to engage the city's diverse young talent and to shape the future culture through participation in monthly personal and professional development training and networking events. Through our pipeline, up-and-coming leaders will build valuable professional relationships to advance in their careers.
Hutch in Harmony
Hutch in Harmony helps communities come together, to join against hate and division by promoting inclusion and celebration of difference. Through aiding conversations and action for deepening reflection on past truths rather than historical myths.
The Community / La Comunidad
The Community / La Comunidad – A faith-based, 501 c 3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, offering immigration services, family resources, and technology. Beneficiaries include the immigrant workforce at the Tyson meat packing plant in Holcomb, KS. Information shared by the organization counts 413 people served, including 30 Asian, 135 black, 235 Hispanic, and 13 white from 26 countries of origin.
Destination Innovation aligns boldly-resilient young people with the tools and mindset to move courageously, with purpose and discipline, to activate underserved communities.
2020 Covid Response Grants
Grantee Organization: Kansas Action for Children and NBC Community Development Corporation
Support from Convergence Partnership established a new long-term partnership between Kansas Action for Children and NBC Community Development Corporation that helps to connect BIPOC-led grassroots groups with policy advocates and seeded the beginning of a statewide, community-driven, advocacy infrastructure. The two organizations developed a voter education guide to inform voters, especially people of color, about health, economic security, and early learning priorities. Kansas Action for Children also developed the Kansas Children’s Agenda, a collaborative short- and long-term policy and organizing agenda for the state informed by community priorities and new relationships with community-based direct service providers.
Kansas Action for Children (KAC)
Kansas Action for Children (KAC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families by providing comprehensive data, advocating for sound public policy, and collaborating with lawmakers. KAC has worked for nearly 40 years advocating for state policies that impact children and families and are working on engaging local, trusted grassroots advocacy organizations if they are going to address the root causes of racial and health inequities facing children and families in Kansas.
NBC Community Development Corporation (NBCCDC)
NBC Community Development Corporation (NBCCDC) was created July 16, 2002, as the outreach arm of The New Bethel Church of Wyandotte County in Kansas City, KS. By creating, implementing, and partnering with other organizations, the NBCCDC is able to offer services to support and assist the mental, spiritual, social, and physical well-being of the families of the Wyandotte County neighborhood and the greater Kansas City metro area.