Catalyst is about Community

No one changes the world alone!

The Centre for Social Innovation’s (CSI) Catalyst is open to anyone, anywhere, working to make the world a better place. When you raise money on Catalyst, you gain access to heaps of social capital by becoming a member of CSI. CSI is a platform for the emergence of world-changing initiatives, collaborations and enterprises. We facilitate idea exchange, network development and capacity building through our programming and events. It’s about working together—forming partnerships and supporting each other’s work so that we can accelerate member success and change the world.

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is home for a diverse community of people and organizations that are working to make the world a better place. We have three locations in Toronto, and a new location in New York City. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas into impact. CSI’s Catalyst is for people who are striving to prove that another way forward is possible. They know – as we do – that it’s up to us to create the change we want to see. Together, we’ll catalyze new ideas for a better world.


    CSI has incredible coworking spaces with meeting rooms and events facilities. We have three locations in Toronto and are opening one in New York City. As a Community Member, you’ll be able to use our lounges with wifi, and get discounts on meeting and event space. If you aren’t in Toronto or New York City to take advantage of our physical space, don’t worry! Our virtual spaces provide ample opportunity for you to meet and connect with other members, and to promote your work to the world.


    CSI is a network of networks. By joining CSI you gain instant connection to the world’s most dynamic social innovation community. Your profile page on our world-class Intranet connects you to hundreds of other social entrepreneurs. Have a question? Need advice? Hit up the members-only e-mail listserve. Need to promote your campaign or launch event? You can promote your events, jobs and announcements through CSI’s external newsletter, website, and community newspaper. What’s more, you’ll get to meet other agents of change at our community events like Salad Club, the CSI Summit, Social Innovation Salons and Six Degrees of Social Innovation.


    The collective wisdom of the CSI community will blow your mind. Our members are working across sectors, in issues from farming to finance and everything in between. Our collective knowledge and experience is perhaps our greatest asset. We facilitate idea exchange and knowledge transfer through our online networks and real world events. As a member, you’ll get discounts to workshops and events organized by CSI. You’ll get free ½ hour legal consultations through CSI Legal Services, and discounted hourly rates with lawyers, among other benefits.

    Members also get discounts with VIA Rail, ZipCar and on hotel accommodations.

Catalyst allows you to raise the funding you need, while connecting you to a social innovation community that can help you turn your ideas into impact. Anyone can raise money on Catalyst, so submit your project right away and we’ll help you get started! If you have questions, please email


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