Strengthen Your Organization
With Help from Skilled Volunteers
Connect With Talented and Engaged Professionals
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.
Racheal matched with Samantha from Girls on the Run of Central Virginia and Blue Ridge for an Illustration project!
Charlottesville Black Arts Collective received an application from Mireya for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
On Our Own, Charlottesville received an application from Nicole for a Social Media consultation call.
Virginia Polo, Inc received an application from Gabrielle for a Leadership Coaching project.
On Our Own, Charlottesville received an application from Joshua for a Social Media consultation call.
Tunji from Just Help Africa listed a Finance consultation call.
richard matched with Tunji from Just Help Africa for a Finance consultation call!
Charlottesville Black Arts Collective received an application from Javiria for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Foxfield Races received an application from MK for an Online Survey project.
Derrick from Charlottesville Black Arts Collective listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Jenny from Virginia Polo, Inc listed a Leadership Coaching project.
Virginia Polo, Inc received an application from Cyndi for a Leadership Coaching project.
WellAWARE Neighborhood Healthcare Advocates received an application from Karla for a Public Speaking Coach project.
Just Help Africa received an application from Christian for a Finance consultation call.
Foxfield Races received an application from Andrew for an Online Survey project.
WellAWARE Neighborhood Healthcare Advocates received an application from Dale for a Public Speaking Coach project.
Elizabeth from On Our Own, Charlottesville listed a Social Media consultation call.
Elizabeth matched with Cathy from Botanical Garden of the Piedmont for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
Ivette matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for an Online Research project!
Black Mothers Blooming received an application from Julianne for a Website Set Up (CMS-Based) project.
HER SPORTS received an application from Kayrle for an Event Management consultation call.
On Our Own, Charlottesville received an application from Simone for a Social Media consultation call.
Naziha matched with Anne from Live Arts for a Finance consultation call!
Oluwaseun matched with Sherica from Black Mothers Blooming for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project!
Black Mothers Blooming received an application from Araki for a Website Set Up (CMS-Based) project.
Christian matched with Lisa from Charlottesville Community Food Co-op for a Website Copywriting project!
Chatterjee matched with Sarad from Vinegar Hill Magazine for a Case Study Writing project!
Shelly matched with Peter from Rockfish Valley Foundation for a Change Management Coaching project!
Hope matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for a Transcription project!
Eric matched with Ben from The Journey Home, Inc. for a New Employee Recruiting project!
Courtney matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for an Audio Editing project!
Cindy matched with Stephen from Community Investment Collaborative for a Human Resources consultation call!
Sherica from Black Mothers Blooming listed a Website Set Up (CMS-Based) project.
Abby matched with Megan from Charlottesville Area Community Foundation for a Leadership Coaching project!
Betsy from WellAWARE Neighborhood Healthcare Advocates listed a Public Speaking Coach project.
Sanja matched with Cohosh from Living Earth School for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
Hilda matched with Maria from James Monroe's Highland (William & Mary) for a Translation project!
Asma matched with Sara from Rockfish Valley Community Center for a Brochure Graphic Design project!
Steven matched with Wilson from A1 LANGUAGE for an Online Survey project!
Gilberto matched with Wilson from A1 LANGUAGE for an Online Survey project!
PHAR received an application from Bindu for a Talent Recruitment consultation call.
Sara matched with Katie from Community Climate Collaborative for an Impact Report Graphic Design project!
Blaise matched with Stephen from Community Investment Collaborative for a Human Resources consultation call!
Denis matched with Cecile from Market Central for a Google Workspace Set Up project!
Angelina matched with Peggy from Friends of Esmont, Inc. for a Business Plan Review project!
Ana matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for a GIF Animation project!
Kurran matched with Rebecca from Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project!
Yellow Door Foundation received an application from BJ for a Social Media consultation call.
Lorena matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for an Illustration project!
Renee matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for an Illustration project!
How It Works
1. Explore Available ProjectsBrowse through over 150 pre-scoped projects and post your own.
2. Find Your Pro Bono ProfessionalReview applications from interested professionals and choose who you want to work with.
3. Get The Help You NeedKick off your project and start making progress.
Two ways to connect!
What Do You Need Help With?
Select from 150+ pre-scoped projects or post a consultation call to get started.
Great Connections Are Made Here
How Racheal D. helped Girls on the Run of Central Virginia an...
How richard s. helped Just Help Africa
How Ivette v. helped Black Women Stitch
How Oluwaseun A. helped Black Mothers Blooming
How Christian N. helped Charlottesville Community Food Co-op
How Shelly K. helped Rockfish Valley Foundation
How Eric P. helped The Journey Home, Inc.
How Abby Y. helped Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
How Hilda M. helped James Monroe's Highland (William & Mary)
ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS
Work With Talented Professionals From Around 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
Frequently Asked Questions
New around here? Start with the basics.
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.
About this Program
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. Charlottesville Area Community Foundation works with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations to facilitate philanthropy and improve the quality of life in the Greater Charlottesville area.
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has partnered with Catchafire to launch a program that will bring your nonprofit “on-demand” access to a network of 85,000+ consultants, pro bono, from across the country.
Catchafire is the largest, online tool that connects social good organizations with talented professionals looking to donate their skills. This resource provides organizations with expert support in areas like marketing and communications, web development, operations, strategy and more.
Read more about Charlottesville Area Community Foundation here.