October is one of our favorite months here at Catalyst because we get the chance to celebrate another year of amazing experiences, great people, big ideas, creative projects, and continuing to do our unique work and spread the message of engagement throughout the Indianapolis area.
When we started Catalyst in late 2009, we had a great idea and a somewhat fuzzy vision of how that idea was going to play out. 2009 and 2010 marked a lot of growth–getting organized, applying for nonprofit status, and starting to market our services to the community. Things settled down a bit in 2011 and it gave us the chance to reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go. With that reflection came some clarity and lead to a redefining of our mission, vision, and values in order to make sure we are providing the best services possible.
As we get ready to turn 2, I wanted to share our new mission and vision with you. (We’ll share our new values over the next couple weeks.)
Mission: We advance community through meaningful action.
Our Vision: Indianapolis establishes itself as a leading example of an engaged community.
- As broad community dialogue and creative thought inspire and motivate individuals to address shared challenges,
- As every member of our community contributes in a meaningful way,
- As our community is prepared to utilize individuals’ passions and skills in pursuit of the common good.
Our mission focuses on the idea that we are a catalyst for change. That we help others to make a positive impact and become engaged citizens, in whatever capacity speaks to them. That engaged individuals create engaged communities.
Our vision remains much the same as when we started Catalyst 2 years ago–that Indianapolis establishes itself as a leading example of an engaged community. So how do we get there? Simple. We get people talking. We get people thinking. We get people doing. And we create clear pathways to do something meaningful. We all know the issues that Indianapolis is facing. It’s up to the community to be creative, to think critically, and to come up with new ways to address these challenges. If individuals have the opportunity to speak out and get involved with the issues they care about and if nonprofits are ready for creative, passionate individuals that want to make a difference, we will start to see positive changes in the Indianapolis community.
If you live in the Indianapolis area, I’d encourage you to check out our website, www.catalystxchange.org. We have resources for individuals who want to become more engaged and for nonprofits who want to further engaged the community in their mission as volunteers, donors, board members, and/or employees.
As our birthday approaches, I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the organizations and people who have made our 2nd year an amazing one!
Keep on changin’ the world,
Melissa & Kristin