Mission

Catalyst Miami builds power with frontline communities throughout Miami-Dade County to collectively advance justice and achieve shared prosperity. We envision a just society where everyone can lead healthy, prosperous, self-determined lives.

Ruling year info

1997

CEO

Zelalem Adefris

Main address

P.O. Box 381949

Miami, FL 33238 USA

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Formerly known as

Human Services Coalition of Dade County Inc

EIN

65-0690368

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Catalyst to the Capital

Every year, we organize a three-day trip to Tallahassee, during which a delegation of community members, partners, and staff members meet with elected officials to discuss the issues of greatest concern to the communities we work with. Participants of Catalyst to the Capital (C2C) receive training, meet with legislators, and advocate for their communities.

Population(s) Served

The Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship provides assistance to such leaders who have gone through our leadership programs such as HEAL and CLEAR. Through this fellowship, participants gain access to financial resources, one-on-one technical support, and professional networks that advance the development of grassroots, community-based initiatives. This program allows our alumni to take the next step as they implement the training and skills they gained in our leadership programs to support their personal growth, strengthen our communities, and create a Miami-Dade in which we all thrive.

Population(s) Served

Through our flagship Prosperity Health and Wealth services, Catalyst Miami implements innovative programs that improve the financial stability, health, and overall resilience of frontline community members throughout Miami-Dade. Prosperity was among the nations first models of integrated human service delivery, helping clients address and navigate various complex needs and systems in one place. This programming has been replicated several times across Florida. After our incorporation in 1996, health insurance navigation was the first service we offered, followed by tax preparation.

Our Prosperity Wealth services include household budgeting, credit coaching, financial aid enrollment, tax prep, savings programs, income supports, and access to no-fee banking. Our Prosperity Health services for low-wealth individuals and families include public benefits enrollment, health insurance enrollment, safety net navigation for uninsured individuals, and health coaching.

Population(s) Served

Through our Small Business Support program, Catalyst Miami provides a wide range of technical assistance for BIPOC-led small businesses with 25 or fewer employees, small nonprofits, and sole proprietorships. Our free services include applying for loans and financial relief programs, business counseling, support for startups or new business entities, small business diagnostic tune-ups, promotion via our networks, as well as assistance transitioning to worker ownership.

Population(s) Served

After considerable research, in 2020 we launched the Worker-Owned Business Program, which represents Catalyst Miami's understanding that an equitable society requires economic and democratic inclusion at all levels. The WOBP includes an academy for groups of entrepreneurs and an incubator for new worker-owned cooperatives. A third major component of the program is its focus on building a cooperative ecosystem in South Florida. We engage key stakeholders such as other nonprofit economic development organizations, private sector firms, public sector actors, and more.

Population(s) Served

Future Bound Miami is Florida's first universal children's savings account (CSA) program providing Miami-Dade families with a free, long-term savings account for their child's postsecondary education. Each kindergarten student across Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest public school system in the nation, receives an interest-free savings account, which includes a seed deposit of up to $50. The program also offers families financial education opportunities. Future Bound Miami launched in 2019 and reached scale in 2022, one year ahead of schedule.

Population(s) Served

Through Catalyst Miami's North Miami Community Investment Cooperative (NM-CIC), we are intentionally purchasing property in communities that are prone to climate gentrification. The NM-CIC is an opportunity for local residents to buy back the block or take ownership and control of real estate in their community. This cooperative model means that residents will own and manage commercial property together, while the tenants will be local small businesses.

Population(s) Served

Catalyst Miamis intergenerational leadership training programs CLEAR (Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy, and Resilience), HEAL (Housing Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership), LIGHT (Leaders in Grassroots Health Transformation), and CCI (Catalyst Candidate Institute) are held virtually and are open to residents of all ages countywide. Participants learn the history of the issues, local impacts, potential solutions, and a variety of advocacy skills they can put to use.

Population(s) Served

Catalyst Miamis holistic approach to community engagement is carried out through our Overtown Community Champions program, a place-based, hyper-local program in which we work with community residents to solve neighborhood-level concerns through organizing, advocacy, and on-the-ground initiatives. Through this program, Catalyst Miami engages with and develops individual community leaders in Overtown to support efforts relating to the issues most important to them, growing the network of grassroots leaders catalyzing change across our communities and county.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Miami-Dade County community members supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Miami-Dade County community members who have access to health care coverage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Financial and Health Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Miami-Dade County small business clients and cooperative entrepreneurs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Small business support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Miami-Dade County youth and parents invested in and educated through Future Bound Miami

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Future Bound Miami

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Miami-Dade County neighbors activated through our Overtown and North Miami Community Champions efforts and Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Catalyst Miami

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Casey

J.P. Morgan Chase

Term: 2024 -

D. Marcus Braswell

Sugarman Susskind Braswell & Herrera

Joaquin Dulitzky

AllianceBernstein

Charmel Maynard

University of Miami

Gina Ciraldo Stabile

Dr. Loretta

Marjorie York

none

Melanie Garman

TD Bank

Nyame Nti Nsibienakou-Fawohodie

Department of Health

Melanie Hapner

Amazon

Francoise Cham

Self-employed

Korene Stuart

Black Girls CODE

Abel Montero Gomez

J.P. Morgan Chase

Bereatha Howard

The CLEO Institute

Jason Katz

Islandia Journal

Iya Overstreet

IYA Foundation

Daniella Pierre

Miami Dade College

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.