Our Vision is a world of thoughtful, responsible changemaking.
Our Mission is to cultivate and accelerate catalysts by connecting them with the people, resources and opportunities they need to survive and thrive.
Better Together: Reciprocal relationships as the heart of community and collaboration.
Growth Mindset: Continuous learning and improvement.
Paradigm Busting: Pushing the boundaries of the status quo.
Entrepreneurial Spirit: Tapping into passion, initiative and a sense of responsibility.
Open To All: Honesty and inclusivity through our words and actions.
We’re a non-profit that supports "catalysts" - changemakers, social entrepreneurs, activists, communities, organizations. Catalysts share one thing in common: they're trying to build the world they want to live in, and in a good way. Our job is to help them make that happen.
While we have employees across Ontario and partners across the country, our mailing address is based out of Tkaronto (Toronto). We would like to acknowledge it is on the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied Nations.
Our funds come from a variety of sources, including social enterprise work. Our largest funder has been the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which has provided us with various grants since our inception. We also currently receiving funding from the Government of Canada. In the past, Laidlaw Foundation was also a major funder.
If you’re curious about our approach to governance, we invite you to check-out our board policies below. We’ve often been the beneficiaries of good ideas, and we would like to return the favour in a karmic-sense with the hope this might inspire or help other organizations who are considering similar policies.
Our theory of change and logic model come down to a few basic things.
Most people changing the world is just relationships, something we re-learn time and time again. As a changemaker, you are constantly building and re-defining your relationship with yourself, others, society, your communities and identities, and the environment where you live.
A changemaker is a person/organization/community who wants to create positive change in the world. While we work with all changemakers, the majority of our work is changemakers who are emerging/just getting going, and those who already have some under their belts but feel something is missing in their life or approach - whether specific skills, resources, relationships, mental life balance, etc.
Many people want positive social/environmental change and want to play a role in it. They know there are barriers to their ideal world/community and may already be working towards or mulling over ideas of how they can get there, as individuals and communities. The barriers are too complex for any one person or organization to completely change alone.
Many theories of change have one solid goal, but we believe that the “perfect world” is something that keeps shifting based on changes in society and ourselves. Therefore, our ultimate vision and impact is a world of thoughtful, responsible changemaking.
A world where changemakers approach their work thoughtfully and responsibly. This includes thinking about their role, impacts, how we use resources, time, power, and act responsibly with this awareness. People can disagree on ideal outcomes and impacts, but most can agree approaching them thoughtfully and responsibly are key to making the world a better place.
CatalystsX supports changemakers in their role in a world of thoughtful, responsible change.
We believe this requires changemakers to have access to relationships, resources, skills, and worldviews.
The activities and outputs of this work include: gatherings (large, small, online, in-person); building connections (one-on-one, people to organizations/communities, communities to communities, people/communities to resources and ideas and opportunities); and co-creating (resources, ideas, relationships, opportunities).
The outcomes: Relationships may include peers, mentors, coaches, experts, communities, organizations. Resources, which we curate, contribute to, and co-create (in that order, as there’s no sense re-inventing the wheel!). Skills and worldviews: Technical “hard” skills (ie. financial literacy); holistic “soft” skills (ie. courageous conversations, listening, selfcare, allyship); worldviews different than their own.
The impact is (hopefully) a world of thoughtful, responsible change