Archive | June, 2010

Announcing the Catchafire 50 Projects!

28 Jun

Africa Volunteer Corps (Public Relations Plan)
Arts in Action (Brand Identity)
Arts to Grow (Press Release)
Black and Latino Filmmaker’s Coalition (Event Planning)
Blind Project/Be A Biographer (Media Day)
Champion Access (Public Relations Plan)
ClassWish.org (Press List)
Cool Culture (One-Pager)
Cool Culture (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Drive-In Film Festival (Public Relations Plan)
Eco Africa Social Ventures (Media Day)
Eco Africa Social Ventures (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Educate! (Brand Identity)
ESB Group (Brand Identity)
For A Day Foundation (Social Media Campaign)
Forsaken Generation (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Foster Parent Advocacy Foundation (Brand Identity)
Fundacion Alas (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Gift of Living Donation (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Girls Who Rock (Brand Identity)
Givology (Media Day)
Global Cocoa Project (Brand Identity)
Global Cocoa Project (Logo Design)
Hole in the Wall Gang (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Hollaback (Media Day)
iFOSSF (Brand Identity)
InVenture Fund (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Jose Limon Dance Foundation (Social Media Campaign)
LIFT (Public Relations Plan)
Muslim Consultative Network (Public Relations Plan)
New York City Coalition Against Hunger (Social Media Strategy Plan)
OutNest (Public Relations Plan)
PandoProjects (Brand Identity)
Pencils of Promise (Public Relations Plan)
People’s Garden NYC (Public Relations Plan)
People’s Garden NYC (Social Media Strategy Plan)
PoverUP (Media Day)
PoverUP (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Public Allies New York (Social Media Campaign)
Root For Trees (Print Materials Design)
She’s the First (Event Planning)
She’s the First (Event Publicity)
South Asian Youth Action (Social Media Strategy Plan)
Stars for Students/K5NOLA (Event Publicity)
Stars for Students/K5NOLA (Social Media Campaign)
The Picture House (Print Materials Design)
Waves for Development (Event Publicity)
Working In Support of Education ( Public Relations Plan)
Young Women’s Leadership Network ( Social Media Strategy Plan)
Youth Challenge America (Social Media Strategy Plan)

Snag ’em now! Catchafire’s 50 Project Kickoff Event Tickets

24 Jun

CATCHAFIRE’S 50 PROJECT KICKOFF EVENT

50 Nonprofits & Social Enterprises + 50 Professionals Volunteering Their Skills =
50 Projects that will produce 2,000 volunteer hours and over $300,000 in value

MON, JUNE 28, 7:30-10:00 PM at the Puck Building (295 Lafayette Street)

RSVP: http://catchafire50.eventbrite.com/

SPEAKERS:

Rod Arnold, Charity:Water
Adam Braun, Pencils of Promise
Soraya Darabi, Drop.io
Cindy Gallop, ifwerantheworld.com
Nathan Heleine, Crush+Lovely
Jaime Soper, Pepsi Refresh
Deanna Zandt, Author of “Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking”

Who’s invited:
50 Selected New York Nonprofits & Social Enterprises. 50 Selected Catchafire Volunteers. And a crew of curious organizations & professionals who want to get to know us.

What’s going down:
We’re launching 50 projects that showcase how our volunteers will use their expertise to make a huge impact: 2,000 volunteer hours contribute over $300,000 worth of value!

Featured Speakers will discuss how social media, marketing, public relations, and design can help nonprofits and social enterprises take their organizations to the next level to make a bigger impact.

As an added bonus, all proceeds raised from our RSVPs will be donated to the nonprofit or social enterprise that gets the most votes at our event.

Want to volunteer your professionals skills?
Sign up at Catchafire & pick your projects so we can match you with an amazing nonprofit.
http://catchafire.org/registration/volunteer.php

Know a nonprofit or social enterprise organization that needs help? Pass this along and tell them to sign up today.
http://catchafire.org/registration/nonprofit.php

RSVP NOW http://catchafire50.eventbrite.com/

Catchafire Seeking Summer Associates!

14 Jun

The hottest technology company in New York City with a social mission is expanding! Want to join a fast-paced, nimble, and hard-working team hungry to change the world? Look no further!

Catchafire is located in New York, NY. All positions are open immediately.
Please don’t apply unless you meet all of the following criteria:

-You are motivated by the opportunity to make your mark on an early-stage start-up
-You are team-oriented and can be a team leader
-You are an independent worker and thinker
-You want to make the world a better place
-You are honest, hardworking, and have a sense of humor (we don’t care if it’s warped)

Summer Associate-Nonprofit Outreach
This position is an unpaid, full-time volunteer position. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The position is open immediately and will last through the end of August.

Responsibilities include:

-Help implement Catchafire’s outreach to NYC nonprofits and social enterprises
-Build relationships with nonprofits and social enterprises in the NYC area
-Identify common organizational needs and work with Catchafire’s team of industry & nonprofit experts to develop projects that meet these needs and fit the Catchafire model
-Identify new nonprofit and social enterprises in the NYC area which need skilled volunteers
-Assist with outreach to nonprofit & social enterprise networks

Qualifications:

-College grads and current grad students interested in gaining great experience at a startup more than welcome! Current undergraduates may also apply
-Must be organized, self-motivated, reliable, professional
-Experience in a professional office environment required (with a desire to work in a much more laid-back environment welcome)
-Must have a professional telephone manner and strong attention to detail in written communications
-Computer proficiency with standard office applications required.
-Knowledge of the nonprofit and social enterprise space necessary; passion for doing good and changing the world required!

Summer Associate-Volunteer Recruitment

This position is an unpaid, full-time volunteer position. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The position is open immediately and will last through the end of August.

Responsibilities include:

-Help implement Catchafire’s volunteer recruitment efforts to professionals in various industries
-Build relationships with professional associations in the NYC area whose members might be potential volunteers
-Work with Catchafire’s team of industry experts to identify new outreach and recruitment strategies
-Attend networking events to recruit volunteers
-Help plan and manager events for Catchafire volunteers

Qualifications:

-College grads and current grad students interested in gaining great experience at a startup more than welcome! Current undergraduates may also apply.
-Must be organized, self-motivated, reliable, professional
-Experience in a professional office environment required (with a desire to work in a much more laid-back environment welcome).
-Must have a professional telephone manner and strong attention to detail in written communications.
-Computer proficiency with standard office applications required.
-Knowledge of the nonprofit and social enterprise space necessary; passion for doing good and changing the world required!

To apply, please email Jane Slusser at jane@catchafire.org with your resume and a cover letter letting us know why you’re both qualified for and interested in the position. Jane likes humor, good stories, and people who read instructions, so please include your funniest/worst/most moving/craziest volunteer experience.

Catchafire Is Hiring Developers!

14 Jun

The hottest technology company in New York City with a social mission is expanding! Want to join a fast-paced, nimble, and hard-working team hungry to change the world? Look no further!

Catchafire is located in New York, NY. All positions are open immediately.

Please don’t apply unless you meet all of the following criteria:
-You are motivated by the opportunity to make your mark on an early‐stage start‐up
-You are team-oriented and can be a team leader
-You are an independent worker and thinker
-You want to make the world a better place
-You are honest, hardworking, and have a sense of humor (we don’t care if it’s warped)

Back End Web Developer
Responsibilities
You will be the primary back end developer and responsible for everything that goes with it, including our matching algorithm, community tools, and corporate solution API.

Qualifications
– Highly experienced in back end technologies. You must know your basic LAMP stack technologies down cold and others are a plus. You have your own philosophy on how back end environments should be organized, structured, and accessed.
– Expert in creating, optimizing, and maintaining a scalable, data-heavy back end.
– Strong working knowledge in web architecture, object-oriented software, and design patterns.
– Strong working knowledge of html, css and javascript.
– Mastery of the Linux environment.
– You have, or will quickly develop, an in-depth understanding of scalability and the challenges that fast-growing web applications experience.
– You believe in rapid prototyping and fast-paced development.
– You have the experience, knowledge and confidence to be a leader and own your own work. You have a passion for excellence and getting things right.
– You are customer oriented and have a passion to build things that are easy and enjoyable to use. You enjoy a UI challenge.
– You are an independent worker and creative thinker. You will not be handed specs. You will be expected to help develop these specs.
– When you are engaged in a project, you have a vision for success and a plan to execute on it.
– You are hungry to learn new things and develop new skills.
– B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in computer science or equivalent preferred.

Compensation & Benefits
– Highly competitive package for a early-stage, angel-funded start-up
– Generous healthcare benefits
– Unlimited vacation days
– Casual and fun work environment (bring your dog to work!)
– Flexible hours

To apply, email Rachael Chong at rachael@catchafire.org with your resume and a cover letter letting us know why you’re both qualified for and interested in the position.

Front End Web Developer
Responsibilities
You will be the primary front end developer and responsible for everything that goes with it, including a vision for success, a plan to execute on this vision, spec development, usability testing, and analytics.

Qualifications
– Highly experienced in front end technologies. You have at least 3 years of experience in javascript development as well as the ability to read, write and build using HTML, CSS and JS by hand. You have your own philosophy on how front end code should be organized and structured.
– Experienced in the use of one or more common javascript frameworks. (e.g. Prototype or JQuery)
– You are comfortable working in a Linux environment.
– Strong working knowledge of web architecture, object-oriented software, and design patterns
– You have a very strong understanding of UI design. You have your own philosophy on how to build and design pages that are extremely user friendly.
– You have experience managing website designers and enjoy it.
– You enjoy and are proficient in user testing.
– You have, or will quickly develop, an in-depth understanding of scalability and the challenges that fast-growing web applications experience
– You believe in rapid prototyping and fast-paced development.
– You have the experience, knowledge and confidence to be a leader and own your own work.
– You have a passion for excellence and getting things right.
– You are customer oriented and have a passion to build things that are easy and enjoyable to use. You enjoy a UI challenge.
– You are an independent worker and creative thinker. You will not be handed specs. You will be expected to help develop these specs.
– When you are engaged in a project, you have a vision for success and a plan to execute on it.
– You are hungry to learn new things and develop new skills.
– B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in computer science or equivalent preferred.

Compensation & Benefits
– Highly competitive package for a early-stage, angel-funded start-up
– Generous healthcare benefits
– Unlimited vacation days
– Casual and fun work environment (bring your dog to work!)
– Flexible hours

To apply, email Rachael Chong at rachael@catchafire.org with your resume and a cover letter letting us know why you’re both qualified for and interested in the position.

PR Projects = Good for Organizations + Good for Volunteers

9 Jun

Catchafire’s Public Relations & Communications projects help connect big-mouths who know how to stir up attention with nonprofits and social enterprises who do good, but are too busy/shy/modest to talk themselves up!

Learn more about our current projects and those we’re rolling out in the next few days. You’ll see that what’s good for an organization is also good for a volunteer!

Public Relations Plan

If no one knows about an organization, does it exist? Certainly, and they still do good. But wouldn’t it be great if everyone knew a little more about the great things that organizations like Global Cocoa Project, Scout Banana, or Africa Volunteer Corps do every day? Help these organizations and many more gain more exposure with a strong PR plan in place!

As a Catchafire volunteer, you can help a great organization identify its target audiences, key messages, and outreach channels. You can also teach the organization a thing or two about the tactics to achieve their public relations goals, such as media kits, press lists, and press releases (all of which are offered as separate Catchafire projects)!

Press List

How will nonprofits tell the world about all the amazing things they do if they don’t know who can help spread the word?
Classwish.org
connects teachers with the supplies their classrooms need. But who will connect Classwish.org to the media outlets that can carry their message to a broader audience?

As a volunteer, this is not about passing over a list of your valuable contacts. It’s about getting the opportunity to reconnect or introduce yourself to some awesome folks in the media to let them know about some of the amazing work an organization is doing. Impress your contacts with the fact that you’re a do-gooder

Press Release

Great, we’ve got a plan, and we know who to talk to, but what is a nonprofit or social enterprise supposed to say? All this hard work won’t matter if an organization doesn’t have a compelling way to present the exciting and newsworthy things that it does. Help an organization by crafting a press release and getting media outlets to pick up their stories to secure some of that that ever-elusive “buzz.”

Spruce up your pitching skills, and do it in a fun way! Getting bored pitching the same things every day at work? Maybe you’d rather pitch Arts to Grow, a nonprofit offering children the chance to explore the visual, literary and performing arts in communities that don’t have the resources to do this. Not only will you feel better, it might be a bit more fun than pitching the “exciting” launch of a new gum flavor.

One-Pager

Did you make it this far? I’m surprised, because let’s face it, everyone’s got a short attention span when it comes to written documents! To stand out, every organization needs a clear, concise one-pager to describe itself. iFOSSF wants to accelerate the development and usage of open technology and open standards for sustained and social development, especially for the socially disadvantaged. You can help them describe all the things they do to achieve that mission…in just one page!

As a Catchafire volunteer, learn everything about an organization, and rise to the challenge of describing it in a clear concise document! Everyone who comes into contact with the organization will be reading your words to understand the amazing work the organization does!

Coming soon!
Event Planning That’s right, nonprofits and social enterprises like to party, too! Help them plan their events!

Event Publicity Someone else will plan all the nitty gritty details. You just use your big mouth to spread the word about the amazing event! Want to practice event publicity early? Spread the word about Catchafire’s 50 Project Kickoff!

Media/Press Kit Help a nonprofit or social enterprise organize all of its amazing media collateral into one easy-to-disseminate press kit.

Media Day What’s more fun than reconnecting with your contacts, making some new ones, and introducing them to the amazing organization you’re volunteering with?

Annual Report New Year’s resolutions fade by mid-January. Annual reports last at least 365 days! Help organize this powerful communications tool & learn everything you wanted to know and more about the organization you’re volunteering with.

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