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Give Your Skills For Good

Your skills are valuable. Unfortunately, many nonprofits can't pay for professional services such as copywriting, graphic design, or website development. This type of work is essential to building operational effectiveness, but it is often left on the to-do list while the nonprofit focuses on its critical mission work.

That's where you come in. By volunteering for a project, or even just getting on a phone call to provide advice, you are giving so much more than your time. You are supporting organizational growth, which enables nonprofits to have an even greater social good impact.
HAPPENING NOW

Karen from Eden Youth and Family Center listed a New Employee Onboarding project.

Karen from Eden Youth and Family Center listed a Board Assessment project.

Michele matched with Sandra from Halleck Creek Ranch for a Video Editing project!

Brooke from Dysautonomia Support Network listed a Board Responsibilities & Structure project.

Debora from Arts and Learning Conservatory listed a Compensation Plan project.

Nastassia from Perinatal Health Equity Initiative listed an Accounting Systems Set Up project.

Adrienne matched with Matthew from The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

richard matched with Matthew from The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Megan from The River Otter Ecology Project listed a Merchandising project.

Oke-Stephen matched with Albert from Raphael Community Free Clinic for a Brochure Graphic Design project!

Jus matched with Joe from Family and Children's Services for a New Employee Recruiting project!

Lu'Cretia from Gray Matter Experience listed a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Hawa matched with Christine from Second Story for a Volunteer Manual project!

Jeff matched with Breanne from Neighborhood Resource Center for an Online Survey project!

Bo matched with Laura from Turner Syndrome Foundation for an Email Marketing System Set Up project!

Madalin from OASIS Companies International listed a Print Materials Design project.

Amy from Waseca Area Foundation listed an Impact Report Graphic Design project.

Keith matched with Brandon from Help Me Help You for a Tech Systems consultation call!

Miguel from Momentum and Value For People of Color listed a Finance consultation call.

Shivani matched with Katherine from LiveMore ScreenLess for a Salesforce Database Customization project!

Alex from Generation West Virginia listed a Leadership Coaching project.

Deep Space Mind from Federation of Neighborhood Centers listed a Flexible Web Development Support project.

Mark matched with Hawa from A Moment of Magic for a Website consultation call!

Deep Space Mind from Federation of Neighborhood Centers listed a Process Improvement project.

Sarah from Faith Through Fire listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Karen matched with Kate from Re-Establish Richmond Inc for a HR Software Setup (HRIS) project!

Rachel matched with Andrew from Cape Cod Challenger Club for a GIF Animation project!

Kristin from Hope Floats Foundation listed a Finance consultation call.

Kristin from Hope Floats Foundation listed a Website consultation call.

Melanie matched with Mindy from People Over Plastic for an Impact Report Graphic Design project!

Kristin from Human Rights Watch Student Task Force listed a Website consultation call.

Michael from Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety listed an Online Research project.

Joyce from The Seventh Wave listed a Finance consultation call.

Renee from West Midland Family Center listed a Website consultation call.

Asim matched with Fiona from Obici Healthcare Foundation for a Translation project!

Yesenia from DeLIVER Care Van, UCSF listed a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Antonia from NLSM-Elder Law & Advocacy Center listed a Visual Branding consultation call.

Surabhi matched with Marie from Meals on Wheels San Francisco for a Social Media Audit project!

Lisa matched with Kristin from Community Nurse Connection for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Carrie from Alan Day Community Garden listed a Website Audit project.

Ankita matched with Bernard from FELLOWS for a Storytelling project!

Mark matched with Candice from Pegasus Therapeutic Riding for a Time Management Coaching project!

Molly matched with Antonia from NLSM-Elder Law & Advocacy Center for a Visual Branding consultation call!

Dena from Anna Mae Sonflower Seeds listed a Storytelling project.

Bethany from International Association for Refugees listed an Email Layout & Template project.

Adrianne matched with Jessica from Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc for an Event Management consultation call!

Katharine matched with Jessica from Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc for an Event Management consultation call!

Rachel from Project Compassion listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Grizelda matched with Bethany from International Association for Refugees for an Event Management consultation call!

Richard from Kids First Initiative listed an Event Concept & Plan project.

How It Works

Support a cause you care about by volunteering for a project or consultation call. With over 150 different project types, there is an opportunity to give back that matches your skills and time availability.
1. Browse
Explore projects and questions posted by nonprofits based on your skills and causes you are passionate about.
2. Apply
Submit your application and resume to let the nonprofit know you are interested.
3. Match
When you and the organization decide it's a good fit, start working together!
Two ways to share your skills!
Consultation Calls
Get on the phone with a nonprofit to help answer burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges, or give feedback.
Projects
Work with a nonprofit to complete critical projects such as graphic design, website development, copywriting, database customization, and more.

How Do You Want to Give Back?

Find projects that match your skills and interest areas

What Other Volunteers are Saying

“Working with Tecnosol was a wonderful experience – they provided me with all the information I needed to write a comprehensive donor letter. Plus it was wonderful to be able to contribute to such an impactful organization.”
Elle Freelance Writer and Agency Copywriter, worked with Tecnosol
“I joined Catchafire because I wanted to give something back to inspirational non-profit organizations and charities, as well as build my portfolio. I have already had the opportunity to work with some amazing people from several organizations. I highly recommend Catchafire to professionals who are interested in getting involved.”
Sharon Freelance Designer, Five Projects Completed

Catchafire is an online platform for virtual, skills-based volunteering. Through Catchafire, professionals are able to directly support causes they care about by helping nonprofits with projects that match their skill sets. And because projects can be completed from anywhere, Catchafire makes it possible for nonprofits and skilled volunteers to connect for good, from all around the world!

Skills-based volunteering is a high impact form of volunteering that allows individuals to donate their professional skills and expertise, which in turn allows a nonprofit to build its capacity and focus more efficiently on its mission.

Skilled volunteers help nonprofits fill critical knowledge and staffing gaps, they work as thought partners on strategic projects, and they complete specific projects that require specialized skills, training, or experience. Very often, the relationships between volunteers and nonprofits extend far beyond the scope of the initial project that brought them together.

A specific example of skills-based volunteering is a marketing professional who volunteers to help a nonprofit create a marketing strategy.

The nonprofit will review your application to decide whether they want to move forward with an interview. If so, you will be contacted by Catchafire to schedule the call. Nonprofits are encouraged to decide promptly, but there is no set timeline for when they will reply.

After the interview, you can log into your account dashboard and ACCEPT or PASS on the match. Once both parties accept, you are officially matched and can begin the project. If you need to exchange any materials or have follow-up conversations to determine if it is a good fit after the interview, you are encouraged to do so.

Yes! All projects have been designed to allow you to work with the nonprofit organization remotely.

Projects vary in length from 1 to 50 hours, depending on the project type. Estimated hours are indicated for each project.

Yes! In fact, we recommend you apply to 2-4 projects at any given time. This will maximize your chances of matching. If you end up being selected for too many projects, you can always withdraw your application before or after you interview with the nonprofit. Once you say yes, we ask that you honor your commitment to work with the organization.

About this Program

Catchafire is working with major foundations throughout the Bay to strengthen local nonprofit organizations by connecting them with skilled, pro bono professionals.

Through these connections, we are hoping to build more connected communities and foster a culture of civic engagement that is an everyday part of life.

If you are interested in getting your community involved please contact Catchafire.

Have more questions? Drop us a line.

Email the Catchafire team at [email protected]