Catalyst Initiative Impact Report

In 2014, the George Family Foundation began a three-year, $3.3 million health initiative, Catalyst, to help communities realize their capacity to support health and wellbeing using mind-body approaches that are culturally meaningful. Catalyst grew out of Penny and Bill George’s desire to make an impact on people’s health and wellbeing throughout Minnesota. To scale up Catalyst as an innovative community wellness program, the George Family Foundation transferred the Catalyst Initiative to The Minneapolis Foundation. On January 1, 2018 the Catalyst Initiative became a Field of Interest Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.

This report is a brief retrospective of lessons learned over the first three years of the Catalyst Initiative.