Fiscally Sponsored Project

Catalyst Project


Rahula Janowski


San Francisco, CA, United States

Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are committed to anti-racist work in majority white sections of left social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation. We are committed to creating spaces for activists and organizers to collectively develop relevant theory, vision and strategy to build our movements. Catalyst programs prioritize leadership development, supporting grassroots fighting organizations and multiracial alliance building.

Catalyst Project is a collectively run, democratic organization that prioritizes empowered leadership and accountability in our internal culture and practice. We blend structures from non-profit staff organizations and volunteer based activist collectives. We strive to incorporate our left, democractic, feminist and anti-authoritarian principles into our organizational model and our organizing practice.

Catalyst is a hybrid of paid and unpaid staff. We are working to increase our organizational capacity and budget. Currently, our annual budget is under $200,000. Our work is funded entirely through financial support from the communities that we work in and through fee for service workshops and organizational support. Catalyst Project is rooted in the organizing work of our networks and we develop our programs in dialogue with our advisors and our allies. We are committed to building the left, developing anti-racist practice in white communities and strengthening grassroots social movements.