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Investing in innovation.

Advancing bold change to strengthen communities in Greater Philadelphia.

  • Food Connect Catalyst Fund
  • Kensington Corridor Trust Impact Investing
  • College Unbound Catalyst Fund
  • Day Wage Program, Mural Arts Advocates Catalyst Fund
  • Center for Black Educator Development Response and Recovery Efforts

The Catalyst Fund

Providing risk capital for early-stage, bold approaches that have the potential to result in outsized impact and thriving, equitable communities. These projects test novel approaches to entrenched or emerging problems in an effort to push boundaries and inspire transformative change. Learn more about the purpose of the Catalyst Fund and how to apply.

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Catalyst Fund Grantees

See a list of Catalyst Fund grantees. Read descriptions of these timely, early-stage projects that are aiming to shift practice in the social sector.

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Aligning your money with your values.

Impact Investing

Barra has been learning about impact investing by testing it out, and “learning by doing” since 2016. Join us in our journey as we find ways to activate more than just grant dollars to invest in our region and create durable change.

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Stories & Ideas

Learn about how leaders and organizations are using both grants and impact investments to change the way we look at things—and the way we do our work.

June 2022

Food Connect Explores a New Frontier

March 2022

College Unbound Creates a Movement

October 2021

Ujima Developers Build and Maintain Community Together

September 2021

The Center for Black Educator Development Builds the Black Teacher Pipeline

Leading to Social Change

Supporting innovation is in our DNA—and it takes more than just money. Explore our approach to intentional innovation and why we think this is one of the many tools that can lead to social change in our region.

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News & Notes

May 2024

NEW Case Study: Kensington Corridor Trust

The Nowak Metro Finance Lab has published ‘The Kensington Corridor Trust: The First Four Years’ exploring the organization’s work to address development of a neighborhood commercial corridor by placing properties into a community-governed trust. Barra supports KCT through a mission-aligned investment.

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March 2024

The Arden’s Smart Glasses Bring Subtitles to the Theater

This innovative technology was created to assist hearing impaired audience members. Barra funded Temple’s Institute on Disabilities in 2018 to bring smart caption technology to the United States.

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