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 an individual to donate his or her 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.
We are partnering with Catchafire to provide our Catalyst organizations with access to virtual, skilled volunteers. We believe that by providing this valuable resource for capacity building and strategic project work, we can help our Catalysts amplify and accelerate the impact they have on the communities they serve.
The organization 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. Organizations 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 40 hours, depending on the project type. Estimated hours are indicated for each project.
If there are volunteer opportunities available in your region, you'll have the option to filter by location. However, since all Catchafire engagements are meant to be completed virtually, we encourage you to focus on finding projects that best fit your skills & interests, regardless of location.
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 though, we ask that you honor your commitment to work with the organization.
Stand Together Foundation partners with organizations working to break the cycle of poverty by providing resources and coaching that help them increase their effectiveness and impact. Stand Together Foundation's partner organizations, or Catalysts, bring innovative, effective approaches to communities, respect the dignity of the individual, and unleash the innate, untapped potential of people to help them improve their own lives and benefit others.
From workforce development, supplemental education, mentoring, financial empowerment, entrepreneurship, reentry, homelessness recovery, mental health programs, and more, Stand Together Foundation's Catalysts provide solutions to the core drivers of poverty.
Learn more about Stand Together Foundation here.
Interested in learning more about the work of Stand Together Foundation and our Catalysts? Learn more on our website.