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Catalyst Program



Click here to download the 2021 Catalyst Program Application. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Deadline to apply is December 1, 2020  You will be notified regarding your admission to the program by December 15, 2020.  Program fee payment should be submitted by December 31, 2020 to confirm participation in the program.



· Attend introductory session on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM

· Attend five sessions in 2021 

· Attend a United Way volunteer opportunity (as outlined by Program Coordinator)

· Participate in a group project

· $150 Participation Fee



·  January 7, 2021 from 5 PM—6:30 PM— Kick-off Reception

· January 21, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM—Intro to Catalyst; Governance and Board Operations

· February 18, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM—Power of Community Partnerships: Advocacy

· March 18, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM—Diversity and Inclusion

· April 15, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM—Financial Accountability

· May 20, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM—Corporate Citizenship and Fundraising

· June 17, 2021 from  8 AM– 10:30 AM—Catalyst Community Connector and Group Presentations (Graduation) 



The United Way Catalyst Program is a six-month program that helps train nonprofit volunteer leaders of tomorrow.

Mission Statement: 

To connect and develop business leaders in the community to become engaged in social responsibility through the means of advocacy, giving and volunteerism. The program aims to meet the needs of society today, while proactively preparing and pursuing measures in place for future generations.


Vision Statement:

To be the most desired community leadership development program in Rutherford and Cannon counties by creating tomorrow's community leaders, today.

Catalyst Program Testimonial:


"The United Way Catalyst Program really opened my eyes to not just the needs in our community, but to all the amazing organizations available. There is a supportive system available for almost any hardship!

      While I was impressed to see the amount of support our community provides, Catalyst taught me that OUR involvement is paramount to those organizations' continuation and success. This is why the program emphasises education around being an effective board member, committee member, and volunteer. 

     In the many weeks we were together, I also created strong relationships with other like-minded citizens. These connections will continue to grow throughout the years - this was a surprise added benefit and I couldn't be more thrilled!

      If community engagement and learning to become an efficient contributor is your goal, the United Way's Catalyst Program is the smartest first step!"

Karen Pfluge, Crye-Leike Realtors
Class of 2017