GCRI members are invited to participate in Catalyst Groups (thematic working groups) to further their learning about particular issues, share resources and expertise, and work collaboratively to multiply the impact of philanthropic initiatives in particular areas.

Currently, there are active Catalyst Groups in Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, CyberGrants Users, Education, Employee Volunteer Engagement and CSRFinancial Education and Empowerment, Grantmakers of Color, Grants Management and Administration, Health, and Nonprofit Capacity Building