Catalyst is a results-oriented personal and professional development program designed to help you discover your intrinsic ability to create excellence and grow your network of support. With a cohort of peers, you will explore tools that will elevate your leadership.
The series is broken into five sessions that build on each other. Each step is separated by some time to allow you to integrate and apply your learning and prepare for the next step.
Session 1: The Pursuit of Excellence for Leaders - Assessing My Personal Context and Laying the Foundation For More Effective Leadership - What must I know about myself to become a more effective leader?
Session 2: The Wall for Leaders - Clarifying What Drives Me and Confronting Barriers to Effective Leadership - What's in my way to stepping up fully in life and leadership?
Session 3: The Advancement of Excellence for Leaders - Empowered Ownership, Implementation and Results - How will I move my organization forward to maximize our contribution to our community and the world?
Session 4: Commencement – Celebrate your wins
Session 5 (6 months after Commencement): The Launch - Implementation, Reflection and Support - How can I reinforce my support network to continue to see positive results?
Read more stories from our alumni. Are you interested in talking with one of our alumni about the program? Let us know and we will connect you.
Catalyst is designed for any nonprofit leader who is ready to learn, connect, and grow. We define a nonprofit leader as someone who is actively involved in the nonprofit sector. Volunteers, board members, and community organizers are all welcome.
Catalyst uses a variety of learning styles and places emphasis on applying learnings by doing. Only 20% of the class is a lecture - this is an interactive experience!
To attract a statewide set of leaders, all classes are held at the Foraker offices in Anchorage as a central location. The cohort meets for four intensive sessions. In addition, you will have weekly teleconference calls with your team for five weeks. Graduates of the program are encouraged to stay connected and engaged through a variety of opportunities.
The fee is $3,700, or $3,100 for Foraker Partners.
Travel and accommodations are not included in the cost of tuition.
Thanks to the Alice Galvin Catalyst Scholarship fund, we offer limited financial support for tuition and travel. Please indicate your interest on the application.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation offers scholarships each year to Mat-Su nonprofit leaders to attend Catalyst. For more information go to www.healthymatsu.org.
Other scholarships may be available. Check with your employer and local resources.
It depends on when we will be able to meet in person. This program will not be offered virtually. Please check back or contact us to be added to our outreach list.
Our goal is to select a cohort of nonprofit leaders that represents the diversity of the nonprofit missions, leadership experience, and geography of the state. This is a competitive program, and we encourage you to engage fully in the application process.