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Catalyst Miami announces Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, as the keynote speaker for 20th anniversary celebration

On Friday, April 29th, Catalyst Miami, a local anti-poverty nonprofit organization, will celebrate its 20th anniversary at 7:00pm at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. The event will feature a silent auction, cocktail reception, and dinner with keynote speaker Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. Tom Hudson of WLRN will be the Master of Ceremonies and will moderate a question and answer session with Rip Rapson.

The Kresge Foundation has long invested in Catalyst Miami’s innovative programs. In January, The Kresge Foundation awarded Catalyst Miami the Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative grant to help with climate-resilience planning to advance the priorities and needs of Miami’s low-income communities. Catalyst Miami’s three-year proposal was one of fifteen selected from across the country.

Since 1996, Catalyst Miami has helped over 100,000 low-income families connect to health, financial, and civic engagement opportunities. When families come to Catalyst Miami, they access several free services: no-fee savings accounts, financial coaching, credit coaching, tax preparation, healthcare navigation, public benefits assistance, and two-generation leadership trainings. These services and programs help families meet their short-term needs while equipping them with the tools and skills they need to develop long-term, sustainable solutions.

In addition to helping individuals, Catalyst Miami also helps nonprofits achieve their mission through capacity and coalition building programs. Catalyst Miami believes that we can only achieve social change through meaningful and effective collaboration.

The event sponsors include: JP Morgan Chase, Florida Power & Light, Wells Fargo, BankUnited, Bank of America, Shutts and Bowen LLP, Berger Singerman LLP, Weil Gotshal Manges LLP, Baptist Health of South Florida, United Healthcare, The Kresge Foundation, Miami Medical Consultants, and Regions Bank. More information about the event can be found at


Catalyst Miami is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization with a mission to develop and support individual leaders and strong organizations that work together to improve health, economic opportunity, and civic engagement in our community. To learn more about Catalyst Miami, visit our website at

The Kresge Foundation is an organization with a mission to promote human progress. Their programs and investments expand opportunities in America’s cities. To learn more about The Kresge Foundation, visit our website at


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