Leading global gender equality organizations launch ambitious collective effort to increase economic power of women and girls in India

World Pulse is proud to announce that it has joined forces with some of the world's most effective and engaged gender equality organizations to harness their individual expertise into an innovative collective impact project that aims to increase the economic power of women and girls in India. The three-year project, "Collective Impact Partners: Women's and Girl's Economic Empowerment Advocacy in India," will be led by the Global Fund for Women, Global Women's Leadership Network, Public Health Institute, Rise Up and World Pulse. The Collective Impact Partners (CIP) will strengthen the capacity of civil society leaders and organizations to advocate for economic justice and empowerment for women and girls in India, by developing a collective impact model that includes a digital framework for delivering and scaling integrated services. Their efforts will be supported by a $2.1 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Posted on March 1, 2018

Chamber honors 3 Women of Excellence

We are excited to see Greenwood Partnership Alliance CEO Heather Simmons Jones honored with this award. Our team often says that we've been privileged to work with some of the best in the business, so seeing our clients recognized for their passion and hard work is truly rewarding for us. Congratulations, Heather, this is well-deserved! 

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Posted on January 27, 2018

Mick Fleming joins Convergent team as partner

Many of you know the name, Mick Fleming. He served as CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for the last 16 years. During that time, Mick and his staff served the needs of 1,500 chambers of commerce and related organizations worldwide. Needless to say, he is a highly respected international leader among the chamber (and in many regards the economic development) community. We are excited to announce that Mick Fleming has officially joined our team as a partner!

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Posted on January 11, 2018

Besieged by demand, United Against Poverty needs space to grow

Eric Gray is convinced he can help cut Central Florida's poverty rate in half. But first, he needs a bigger parking lot. Gray runs the busiest nonprofit social-service agency in the region - United Against Poverty - out of a collection of older buildings in an industrial district, sandwiched between the train tracks and busy West Michigan Street in Orlando. With 33,000 clients seeking help last year, the demand has led to an urgent campaign to raise $500,000 between mid-December and mid-January to buy the only property available for expansion.

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Humane Society of Greenwood moves forward with new facility

A March vote by the County Council — which, in a symbolic gesture was unanimous — closed the book on efforts to bring a modern animal shelter into Greenwood. The 15,000-square-foot, $3.1 million facility will be built on 10 acres across from Leath Correctional Institution, funded in a public-private partnership between the county and Humane Society of Greenwood. The county has committed a maximum of $2 million for the shelter, while the Humane Society is spending $1.2 million in privately raised capital for a spay and neuter clinic as well as a community education room. County officials began contracting with the Humane Society in 2002 to operate the shelter. A groundbreaking ceremony was in mid-July, and the complex is expected to open this spring.

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Piedmont Tech and Freshwater Coast Community Foundation sign Abbeville Promise agreement

The Abbeville Promise is a proposed scholarship program that, if successful, would guarantee a free two-year education at PTC to every student who receives a high school diploma while an Abbeville County resident. The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation is running the capital campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $1.2 million to fund the scholarship for 10 years. Lee Logan, a member of the FCCF’s charter board, said the campaign is on course to raise the $1.2 million in time to make the scholarship available to the graduating class of 2018 but could not release the amount of money pledged.

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Posted on December 11, 2017

VEKA to locate in Burke County

VEKA, a global leader in the vinyl extrusion industry, will locate a new facility in Burke County. Over the next four years, the company will create 102 jobs and invest $18M. This is the fourth facility in the United States for the family-owned, German company. "We’re happy to support this project," said Chairman of the Burke County Board of Commissioners Jeff Brittain. "This is the eleventh foreign flagged company in the county and it speaks volumes about our workforce and infrastructure that we continue to see international companies, that consider locations all across the U.S., select Burke County for a new operation."

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Charter school halfway done building new school

Officials say with the school's recent growth, they have had to put their high school students in classrooms at Pamlico Community College. That separation is why school officials say they desperately need the $9-million school they are currently building. The high school wing would cost $1.9 million dollars and school officials say they are halfway there in their fundraising efforts. The K-8 wing is expected to be complete by March of 2018.

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Posted on November 17, 2017

Meet our newest Principal!

Carol Wick joined the Convergent team as a Partner to launch our Making Mission Happen Division. The goal of the new division was to expand Convergent's ability to help organizations grow and "make mission happen." Now, not only can we help nonprofits secure funding for strategic initiatives and capital needs, we also assist with organizational development, incorporating earned revenue, executive coaching, evidence-based evaluation, and national/global replication.

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