For a $250 annual contribution, Catalyst Fund members get a vote in deciding which program deserves a $10,000 donation from the fund.
The Catalyst Fund, operated by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, has offered the grassroots, participatory philanthropy option to organizations in New Britain, Southington, Plainville and Berlin for about a dozen years. It has tackled issues ranging from homelessness to financial literacy over that time.
The annual spring meeting is the time when prospective donors hear about a specific issue or concern that fund members will be addressing during the year.
This year, Andrea Comer of the Connecticut Business and Industry...