Catalyst Collective


Our faith-based organization builds community intentionally, fostering collaboration and supporting organizations that are making a difference.
Catalyst Collective equips organizations with tools for better outcomes, greater revenue growth and increased impact. Founded in 2018 with the vision of changing the world, Catalyst Collective works through the collaboration of funders, businesses, community leaders and nonprofits.

We are laser-focused on serving nonprofits and mission-driven organizations that understand the need for marketing, grant development and overall effective operations. They come to us for help developing these mission-critical resources so they can spread their community impact and in turn reach more supporters, volunteers, and donors.

Catalyst Collective has been featured in Nfocus, Nashville Post and Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal, American City Business Journal.
As a satisfied client of Catalyst Collective, I highly recommend their exceptional marketing services for non-profits. Their team integrated into our team, effectively promoting our events and programming through email and social media campaigns. Their collaborative approach and expertise made them an invaluable asset, amplifying our outreach efforts and driving tangible results.
Alex Curtis, Chief Development Officer at Greater Nashville Technology Council
Catalyst Collective is founded on the idea of coalesce, meaning to come together as one whole. We are the catalyst, or spark, that pulls great people into a collective driven to make an impact. This powerful collaboration is how we will change the world.
meet the founder

Sunny Bray is a passionate community-builder, intentionally bringing people together to make lasting change. In 2015 she launched Network Under 40: Nashville, a successful networking organization for young professionals. She immediately immersed herself in the community and saw the challenges facing the city’s nonprofits. Three years later she founded Catalyst Collective on a mission to change the world. 

She began her professional career in Indianapolis in corporate sales, tech start-ups and as a consultant providing sales growth and business development for various companies and industries. 

After losing a close friend to Melanoma, Sunny shifted her focus to more fulfilling work by taking her skillset and applying it to nonprofits. She is passionate about people, community and impact, knowing firsthand the value of cultivating authentic relationships. A daughter of an immigrant, Sunny has navigated her career with an undertone of the importance of hard work, dedication and tenacity. 

Sunny is often found in the community supporting our clients by attending events, learning more about needs and sharing with others the work our partners are doing. And when she’s not, she’s probably having a lively conversation with her threenager or running a Spartan race with her husband. 

“Providing value, creating impact while working with some pretty great people feels good. There really can be balance, routine and alignment without sacrificing time with my family or my mental health.”

Sunny has been recognized through several awards including The Nashville Post’s 2020 All-Star Board and the 2023 & 2024 In Charge list; named to the 2021 40 Under 40 list and a 2023 Women of Influence Honoree by The Nashville Business Journal; Nfocus Magazine’s 2022 Model Behavior and the 2023 Bizwomen100 list.  

In addition to leading Catalyst Collective, Sunny serves as Governance Chair on the Executive Committee Board of Directors for The Nashville Food Project, Board of Directors of Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee, as a member of The Table and the Co-chair of Member Recruitment for the Rotary Club of Nashville. Her past board service includes Director of Membership and Director of Marketing for Women in Technology of Tennessee, Agape Animal Rescue, Special Olympics YP, and Advisory Board Member for The Women’s Fund. She is an Alumni of both Young Leaders Council and Nashville Emerging Leaders.

“Sunny Bray is the ultimate connector with a strong background in establishing networks and building capacity for nonprofit
organizations. She is able to bring out the strengths in others and help organizations reach their goals with equal parts compassion,
human-centered design, and innovation. Catalyst Collective is helping to amplify these talents by connecting nonprofits to skilled
service providers and she is making a more robust nonprofit sector through her work. It is an honor to work with her.”
Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier, Ed.D., CFRE, CNP, Owner/CEO, AQP Consulting
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