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Are you ready to get started with your Catchafire projects?

22 Mar

If so, follow the three easy steps below and you’ll be on your way to getting the help you need.

1. Make your Profile Shine! Use the tips outlined in this document to create an organization profile that attracts volunteers: http://d.pr/f/gooB. Keep in mind, organizations that complete their profile with a logo, picture, and an engaging description get matched much quicker!

    • It’s All About Impact. Show people what you’re all about. Don’t tell them.
    • Got goals? Clearly explain the mission of your organization — getting professionals to buy-in to your vision is half the battle.
    • Make it Personal. Professionals volunteer for organizations, but they work with you! Tell them why you do what you do, and let them know who they’ll have the privilege of working with

2. Fill out your project planning form. Download this pdf and use the second page to guide your planning: http://d.pr/f/VYde. Outline what you need help with most, what your objectives are and deadlines.

3. Lastly email help@catchafire.org and one of our amazing account managers will schedule your Project Planning call!

We can’t wait for you to get matched.

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Question of the Week: What if My Skillset Isn’t on the Project Menu?

28 Apr

We get a lot of questions emailed to us from professionals looking to donate their time, organizations interested in our service, and members of the public who want to find out more about how we work. That’s why we’re introducing Question of the Week, a resource for the Catchafire Curious.

We get this week’s question on a pretty regular basis….

Q: I’m a skilled professional (a nurse, environmental engineer, opera singer, etc.) and I want to give back, but I don’t see my skillset represented on Catchafire’s project menu. How can I do pro bono with Catchafire?

A: Our project menu is a work in progress, and we’ve developed it based on two factors.

  • First, what nonprofits and social good organizations have told us are their greatest needs. When we started building the project menu, we started with projects we thought would help the greatest number of organizations build capacity the fastest, and we’ve been expanding it from there.
  • Second, what the greatest number of professionals have told us are their skillsets.

That’s why we need your feedback! If you don’t see a project that matches your skillset, please email us at catchus@catchafire.org and let us know what your skills are, and that you’re eager to give pro bono. We’re constantly expanding our project menu, and we rely on input from people like you. So keep checking back, and sign up for our newsletter, friend us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. We’ll announce all new project types as they are released!

There are currently 47 project types on our menu. Check out our project menu if you haven’t already!

Question of the Week: Long Distance?

28 Mar

We get a lot of questions emailed to us from professionals looking to donate their time, organizations interested in our service, and members of the public who want to find out more about how we work. That’s why we’re introducing Question of the Week, a resource for the Catchafire Curious.

This week’s question — well, really two questions — is hands-down the most common one we get.

Q: I am a professional living outside of the New York area (in Utah/Washington, DC/Canada/France, etc.), and I want to sign up for a project. It looks like some of the projects don’t require people to actually to meet in person. Can I do a virtual project?

A: Someday we plan to expand Catchafire to all of those areas, but we know it’s hard to wait. In the meantime, we’ll consider long-distance and virtual pro bono arrangements when a professional is particularly motivated and passionate, and when the organization is happy with the arrangement. We still believe the best pro bono engagements are ones with face time, but we do make exceptions. So if you live outside of the Greater New York city area, go ahead register today, but make sure to note that you are only available remotely. We’ll take that into account when suggesting possible project matches for you.


Q: I’m a leader of a nonprofit organization based outside of the New York area (in California/Nairobi/Australia/Russia etc.), but I would be willing to have a virtual project done. Can I sign up with Catchafire?

A: We’ve found that pro bono projects have a much more successful outcome when the organization and professional can meet in person and build trust and rapport. If you or a member of your organization can make a commitment to come to New York City at least once during the project to meet with your professional, we would be happy to list your project.

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