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Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California)

Advancing racial justice

aka Advancement Project California; Advancement Project National Office   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.catalystcalifornia.org

Mission

Catalyst California advocates for racial justice by building power and transforming public systems. We partner with communities of color, conduct innovative research, develop policies for actionable change, and shift money and power back into our communities.

Ruling year info

2001

President & CEO, Advancement Project California

John Kim

Main address

1910 W Sunset Blvd #500

Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA

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EIN

95-4835230

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Our programs

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Educational Equity

The Educational Equity program expands educational opportunities and ensures appropriate school facilities for low income and disadvantaged children from birth through high school graduation. In recent years, our education work has concentrated on ensuring that there are adequate facilities for students to learn and that early care and education (ECE) opportunities are expanded and improved to provide a springboard for future academic success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We partner with communities of color to equip them with the budget and advocacy tools necessary to win sustainable investments that help all Californians thrive. Through budget and policy analysis, trainings, and campaign support, we dismantle the legacy of public disinvestment and criminalization that has created race-based disparities in our communities’ health and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Political Voice works to make state and local governments more participatory and representative of the communities they serve. Our goal is that all community members are able to genuinely participate in the making of effective public policy, in ways that go beyond just voting, and that governments respond equitably to community concerns. To accomplish this goal, we advocate for racially and economically just democracy reforms.

Population(s) Served

The criminal legal system was borne out of America’s racist founding and continues to devastate communities of color. Data show that Californians of color are disproportionately policed, arrested, incarcerated, and subjected to harsher sentences than Whites. At the same time, rates of violence are disproportionately higher in low-income communities of color—despite decades of landmark investments in law enforcement and incarceration. These deep-seated harms have eroded public trust in our system of safety.

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Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We strategize with community partners to identify funding, services and opportunities in our public systems that can be redistributed for more just outcomes for all. Our goal is to promote racial equity and build a foundation so that every Californian may thrive.

We pursue our mission using research and data analysis, governmental relations, and building community power.

RESEARCH & DATA ANALYSIS
Our Research & Data Analysis team employs a wide range of methods to reveal and visualize data on issues affecting communities most impacted by racial inequities. Described below are some of our research capabilities that are be used by community organizations, foundations, and governments in their community planning and initiative building.
https://www.healthycity.org/
https://www.racecounts.org/
https://www.catalystcalifornia.org/how-we-do-it/research-data-analysis

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
With over a decade of advocacy in Sacramento and a wealth of knowledge about California’s legislative process, our organization is uniquely positioned to move the needle on public policy. We possess the knowledge, relationships and drive to effectively navigate the Capitol and achieve meaningful wins to advance racial equity. Our legislative advocacy is grounded in data and research that reveals how racial equity is vital to California’s economy and future.

We convene coalitions, practitioners and policymakers in pursuit of win-win solutions that are both socially just and economically viable.

Our Sacramento office interfaces with the state legislature, various state departments, statewide organizations, and the Governor’s office to pursue equitable policy and funding opportunities alongside our community partners.

BUILDING POWER
We fundamentally believe that community stakeholders possess the knowledge, agency and power to move a social justice policy agenda. We encourage systems to shift how they view community to an assets-based approach and to create space for community members to be integrated in creating policy change.

Above all, we advocate for a community-center approach to policymaking that builds on the cultural, social and linguistic strengths of our diverse state.

Please visit https://www.catalystcalifornia.org/in-the-press for highlights about our progress and impact.

In past years, Catalyst California's government relations work has helped achieve the following:

·         Securing over a quarter of billion dollars for state-funded early care and education programs since the Great Recession.
·         Creating the Local Control Funding Formula, as well as the Local Control and Accountability Plans, that guarantees more funding for low-income students, English learners, and Foster Youth.
·         Establishing Transitional Kindergarten, which gives California a two-year public school kindergarten experience that will ensure that our youngest children will be prepared to succeed in school.
·         Establishing the California DREAM Act, which allows children who were brought into the US under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation meet in-state tuition and GPA requirements to have access to financial aid benefits at public universities and colleges.
·         Ensuring that Foster Youth get credit for school coursework they take in case they have to transfer between schools due to placement issues and also giving Foster Youth priority enrollment into college courses.
·         Providing $90 million in facility lease money reimbursement to charter schools serving low-income students and $400 million in facility eligibility to the state's overcrowded classrooms.
·         Ensuring that the state streamline funding for early childhood education and care so that more resources can be spent on services to children.

To learn more about Catalyst California's work in voter protection, access and equity in educational opportunity, immigrant rights and more, please visit the website at www.catalystcalifornia.org/.

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Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California)

Board of directors
as of 09/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Fred Ali

Bill Lann Lee

CREEC

Molly Munger

Advancement Project (now Catalyst California)

Stephen English

Advancement Project (now Catalyst California)

Barrett S. Litt

Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt

Arlene Holt Baker

AFL-CIO

Tom Unterman

Rustic Canyon Partners

Alberto Retana

Community Coalition

Fred J. Ali

Maria Cabildo

California Community Foundation

Chrissie Castro

The California Native Vote Project

Sandra Celedon

Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Monica C. Lozano

College Futures Foundation

John Kim

Catalyst California

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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