Strengthen Your Organization

With Help from Skilled Volunteers

Connect With Talented and Engaged Professionals

Skills-based volunteering is a powerful resource for driving operational growth, which ultimately helps you achieve your mission.

This program connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more.

Catchafire's menu of 150+ pre-scoped projects, each with specific deliverables and project steps, makes it easy to find what you need and match with a volunteer with the right skills for the job. And if you aren't sure where to begin, start by talking to a volunteer to get advice and explore ideas.
HAPPENING NOW

Michael matched with BETTY from community hair braiding limit for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!

BETTY from community hair braiding limit listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

BETTY from community hair braiding limit listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Farra matched with BETTY from community hair braiding limit for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!

Zohaib matched with Zong from Asian American Organizing Project for a Visual Branding consultation call!

Barbara matched with Bethany from International Association for Refugees for a Human Resources consultation call!

Sarah from Safe Families for Children - West Central MN listed a Public Relations consultation call.

Pro-Choice Minnesota received an application from Samruddhi for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project.

Bethany from International Association for Refugees listed a Human Resources consultation call.

Pro-Choice Minnesota received an application from Raj for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project.

Jill from Pro-Choice Minnesota listed a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project.

Sion matched with Opey from Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County for an Impact Report Graphic Design project!

Kisha matched with Yue from Light in the Well for an Email Marketing System Set Up project!

Kisha matched with Yue from Light in the Well for an Email Marketing Copywriting project!

Victoria matched with Rebecca from AmazeWorks for a Translation project!

Margaret from Ampersand Families listed a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Victoria matched with Rebecca from AmazeWorks for a Translation project!

Shannie from 1 Day At A Time listed a Tech Systems consultation call.

Pete from Harambee Sports Club listed a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Victoria matched with Rebecca from AmazeWorks for a Translation project!

Tracy from Lyricality listed a Tech Systems consultation call.

Julie from C.A.R.E. Clinic listed a Brochure Graphic Design project.

Heart of Dance received an application from Araki for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.

The Sanneh Foundation received an application from Monica for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Matthew matched with Richard from 1 Day At A Time for a Fundraising Plan Assessment project!

Larry matched with Jeremy from Rainbow Health Minnesota for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Coral matched with Yue from Light in the Well for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project!

Rachel matched with Nehemiah from 825 Arts for a Public Relations consultation call!

Aly from Second Harvest Heartland listed a Translation project.

Aly from Second Harvest Heartland listed a Translation project.

Gray matched with Julie from C.A.R.E. Clinic for a Marketing Materials consultation call!

Joan matched with Pete from Harambee Sports Club for a Website Audit project!

April matched with Pete from Harambee Sports Club for a New Employee Onboarding project!

Kairos Alive! received an application from Agnes for a Public Relations consultation call.

Elinor from Kairos Alive! listed a Public Relations consultation call.

Zohaib matched with Debbie from The Free Book Buggie for a Tech Systems consultation call!

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute received an application from Aubrey for a Data Visualization project.

Kirbi matched with Yue from Light in the Well for a Transcription project!

Abid matched with Brandon from The Sanneh Foundation for an Excel-Based Accounting System project!

Victoria matched with Rebecca from AmazeWorks for a Translation project!

825 Arts received an application from Hooman for a Translation project.

825 Arts received an application from Nakisa for a Translation project.

Drew matched with Sarah from East Side Arts Council for a Website Usability Audit project!

Victoria matched with Amanda from Second Harvest Heartland for a Translation project!

Victoria matched with Amanda from Second Harvest Heartland for a Translation project!

Krista matched with Pete from Harambee Sports Club for a Website consultation call!

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute received an application from Anurag Reddy for a Data Visualization project.

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute received an application from Aishwarya for a Data Visualization project.

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute received an application from jiming for a Data Visualization project.

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute received an application from Yura for a Data Visualization project.

How It Works

Whether you need pro bono support on a project, or want advice from an industry expert, get it all done with Catchafire.
1. Explore Available Projects
Browse through over 150 pre-scoped projects and post your own.
2. Find Your Pro Bono Professional
Review applications from interested professionals and choose who you want to work with.
3. Get The Help You Need
Kick off your project and start making progress.
Two ways to connect!
Consultation Calls
Get on the phone with an industry expert to get answers to burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges, or get feedback.
Projects
Work with a skilled professional to complete critical projects such as graphic design, website development, copywriting, database customization, and more!

What Do You Need Help With?

Select from 150+ pre-scoped projects or post a consultation call to get started.

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS

Work With Talented Professionals From Around the World

Catchafire's virtual volunteering network connects you with passionate professionals across a diverse range of fields, from Fortune 500s to 1-person startups, all over the world.

Finding the right match is important. Each of the 150+ pre-scoped projects contains prerequisite skills and experience, core deliverables, and time estimates, so volunteers know exactly what is required when they apply to work with you.

The rigorous application process, which includes work experience, portfolios, and statements of interest, limits applicants to those who are serious about working with you. It's not a one-click application, and it shouldn't be.

You can review up to three applications at a time, and interview candidates before deciding. The decision is yours.

What Other Organizations are Saying

“Monica was terrific. She took a relatively convoluted process and creatively developed a way to present it clearly in a manner that met our needs. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to work with Monica!”
Andrew CEO & Founder, Sanivation
“This is an amazing opportunity for small organizations like ours to be able to tap into the knowledge and experience of others.”
Shannon Quality Improvement Coordinator, Caswell Family Medical Center

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 organizations 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 grantees 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 grantees amplify and accelerate the impact they have on the communities and beneficiaries they serve.

No. Your access to Catchafire is sponsored through this program, so it’s completely free for your organization.

In order to participate, you must first register your organization and then post your first project or consultation call. Get started by visiting the Project Menu to browse through over 150+ detailed project types.

You can work on an unlimited number of projects and calls throughout your membership. Once you finish a project, just make sure to mark it “complete”.

Your posted projects are visible to Catchafire’s entire skills-based volunteer community of 40,000+ talented professionals on the platform, and millions more via Catchafire's partnership with LinkedIn. Those who are interested in your organization’s cause area and who have the skills required for your project will be able to apply.

Skills-based volunteers may apply to your projects from all across the country and around the world. We encourage you to engage with virtual skills-based volunteers. If you prefer to work with somebody local, please expect it to take longer than normal to receive applications from a professional in the area.

On average, projects are matched within two weeks. If you are not seeing the response you hoped for, please reach out to [email protected], and one of Catchafire's Nonprofit Advisors will get in touch with you.

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.

Absolutely! Schedule a call, or email your questions to [email protected] and one of Catchafire’s Nonprofit Advisors will be in touch within 24 business hours.

About this Program

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation work to strengthen our state and ensure that Minnesota is a place where everyone can thrive. We consistently work to make our community a stronger, more equitable place.

This year, the Foundation are partnering with Catchafire to provide skills-based volunteering to organizations in the East Metro and Greater Minnesota regions. The Foundation believe that by bringing capacity-building services to grantees and partner organizations, we can maximize the positive impact these organizations are able to make in the communities they serve.

Read more about the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation here.

Have more questions? Drop us a line.

Email the Catchafire team at [email protected], or schedule a Catchafire introduction call to learn more about how your organization can build capacity with help from skilled volunteers.