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Strengthening our communities today. Collectively transforming tomorrow.

Founded in 1996 by Daniella Levine Cava, Catalyst Miami is a nonprofit that works with communities to address immediate needs and build a better future together.

At Catalyst Miami, we believe change happens when communities affected by injustice can lead the solutions and shape the underlying systems. That’s why our mission is to build power with frontline communities throughout Miami-Dade County to collectively advance justice and achieve shared prosperity. This is how we move toward our ultimate vision of a just society where everyone can lead healthy, prosperous, self-determined lives.

To solve our community’s challenges, we must collectively address the root causes—the forces and structures that led to our conditions in the first place. We work with residents and partners across our region to transform the economic, social, and political systems that still exclude and oppress many people, especially Black and Brown communities. Our aim is to collaboratively catalyze new systems rooted in equity and solidarity that allow for all Miamians to thrive.

Through tailored programs and collective initiatives, we offer paths to prosperity for individuals, businesses, and communities alike. In addition to supporting families and businesses through a variety of free services, we focus on catalyzing opportunities for frontline communities to strengthen our neighborhoods, expand local ownership, and shape public policy. Our advocacy and leadership training programs, as well as our community economic development initiatives, contribute to an ever-growing network of grassroots leaders transforming our region from the ground up. 

​​All these efforts contribute to the unified, influential, multigenerational movement that we need to usher in a more just and joyful future for all who call Miami-Dade home. 

View our 2023-2025 strategic plan.

Check out our 2023 Annual Report.

See our history.