Things we’ve been asked more than once this year…
1. What is Catalyst all about?
We are a leadership organization that is motivated by a desire to see lives transformed, and dreams realized. We believe in the potential of nonprofit, economically sustainable models guided by developing leaders to take action on their dreams and bring about meaningful change.
2. Is Catalyst registered as a charitable foundation in Canada?
Not at this time. Because we direct our funding only to registered Canadian charities and don’t maintain a large trust fund we are able to do all of our work without the costs or restrictions of registering. We are very happy to be affiliated with the Legacy Foundation of Canada for administrative assistance.
3. What does Catalyst actually do?
Funding: We offer grants to select charities we’ve identified as Strategic Partners, to students through our Catalyst Award, and to a wide variety of charities through Stronger Together. For more funding information.
Consulting: We are committed to both formal and informal assistance of a variety of agencies. Our Executive Director has worked with several charities on matters like Values/Vision/Mission, board governance, strategic planning, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, and leadership. We also have interests and experience in communicating with young leaders and with active donors.
Connecting: We take great pleasure in bringing together leaders from many organizations for occasional events, and likewise are grateful to connect with other philanthropists so we can continue learning at every opportunity. Being the channel that facilitates networking for leaders and charities that leads to synergies and action is a core motivation for what we do.
4. How do we apply for Catalyst funding?
At this time our funding is committed to our established strategic partners and our involvement in Stronger Together 2011. Any announcements of future requests for applications will be made through this website.
5. Does Catalyst support church-based projects?
Not at this time. We support our own churches with time, energy, and resources; but are not seeking partnership with churches or church movements.