The Catalyst: bringing social purpose to the digital revolution


The Catalyst is a new partnership initiative which aims to put social purpose and ambition at the heart of the digital revolution.

The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) officially launched The Catalyst on 11 July, supported by a £1.6 million grant from DCMS. Lisa Goodwin, Deputy CEO, attended the launch on behalf of VONNE.

The Catalyst will support voluntary and charitable organisations by:

  • Creating a sustainable and collaborative cross-sector network to drive sector change
  • Increasing the quality, range and uptake of tools and support proven to support the digital knowledge, skills and services of sector
  • Scaling up the delivery of digital programmes known to improve services and organisational resilience

CAST has a proven record of providing best practice digital and design standards across the social sector and an extensive network of partners. The Catalyst will expand on this even further, building a central network for charities to grow their digital awareness and skills.

All charities and social sector organisations can connect with The Catalyst to continue the conversation around how digital transformation can help charities achieve their mission.

Read Cassie Robinson's (Head of Digital Grant Making at The National Lottery Community Fund) two-part blog about The Catalyst and sign up to receive updates at You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using #WeTheCatalysts.