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Does Catalyst give grants?

Catalyst helps facilitate local grantmaking through pooled grantmaking funds and we proudly manage grantmaking across our member’s issue-driven collaboratives and for organizations that partner with us on customized grantmaking support.

Is Catalyst a foundation?

No. Catalyst is a nonprofit organization that works with funders of all types – including community foundations, private foundations, family foundations, public charities, giving circles, impact investors, government grantmakers, and more – and our work is driven collectively vs. through any single foundation.

What does Catalyst do?

Catalyst is a 501(c)3 membership association of organizations and individuals that give strategically and significantly to multiple nonprofits each year. To date, Catalyst’s membership includes more than 150 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, grantmaking public charities and government funders as well as individual impact investors.

Where can I find a list of your members/foundations in San Diego?

We do not share our members’ contact information with the public. For a list of member organizations, please visit this page.

I am starting a nonprofit or am seeking funding for my current nonprofit. Where do I find information and funding?

Local resources

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter (AFPSD)
  • Nonprofit Management Solutions
  • The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego

State & National resources

  • The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)
  • The Foundation Center
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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