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The Community Transformation Initiative


Today, in one of the most affluent countries in the world, more than 1 in 7 Americans lives in poverty. In one of the most productive economies in the world, 15.8 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Poverty and joblessness impact every American community – yet, it is possible to break the cycle of poverty and joblessness.

Twenty five years ago, FareStart, pioneered a unique model for transforming the lives of people in poverty who experience barriers to employment. With a mission to help people become self-sufficient, the FareStart model consists of three intersecting components:

  • Culinary and life skills training programs for adults and youth
  • On-the-job training in foodservice businesses that re-invest 100% of revenues into the programs
  • Feeding local community members who are in poverty through the foodservice businesses.


For over a decade, FareStart has been approached by more than 150 organizations around the world to assist them in developing and scaling a program using the FareStart model. In 2011, FareStart created the Catalyst Kitchens program to meet that need.

What is the Catalyst Kitchens program?

Catalyst Kitchens is a team of social impact entrepreneurs devoted to helping develop, launch, and scale enterprises across the nation, based on the FareStart Model. Over the past five years, organizations that were started or assisted by the Catalyst Kitchens team have trained more than 12,000 people and generated more than $125 million in revenue for social service programs.


This year Focusing Philanthropy and Catalyst Kitchens are teaming up to raise $100,000 to research, develop, incubate, and launch two new programs based upon FareStart’s successful model to help create jobs plus lift people out of poverty.

In support of this goal Focusing Philanthropy supporters will match 1:1 donations in support of Catalyst Kitchens up to $50,000, through December 31, 2017. All donations are to be made through Focusing Philanthropy. As is always the case, Focusing Philanthropy delivers 100% of dollars raised to our showcased campaigns and initiatives.