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

Micah from Playground of Empathy listed a Leadership Coaching project.

Micah from Playground of Empathy listed a Leadership Coaching project.

Yvonnia from Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) listed an Impact Report Graphic Design project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Gérald for a Leadership Coaching project.

Cape Ivy received an application from Jiaojiao for a Flexible Finance Support project.

Cindy from Cape Ivy listed a Flexible Finance Support project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Vic for a Leadership Coaching project.

David matched with Andi from Charlottesville Area Community Foundation for a Tech Systems consultation call!

Lauren from Cville Community Bikes listed an Accounting Systems Set Up project.

The RESTORE Project received an application from Shruti for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Black Women Stitch received an application from Esezobor for a Flexible Copywriting Support project.

Corey matched with Freddy from Love No Ego Foundation for a Flexible Copywriting Support project!

Jesse from Second Chancer Foundation listed a Video Editing project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Tracy Lee for a Leadership Coaching project.

Meredith matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for an Illustration project!

Adrienne from Black Women Stitch listed a Flexible Copywriting Support project.

Chatterjee matched with Jesse from Second Chancer Foundation for a Copywriting project!

Micah from Playground of Empathy listed a Leadership Coaching project.

Paola matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for an Illustration project!

Playground of Empathy received an application from Cheryl for a Leadership Coaching project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Georgianna for a Leadership Coaching project.

The RESTORE Project received an application from Clarance for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Kimberly (Perri) matched with Megan from Charlottesville Area Community Foundation for a Presentation Creation project!

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation received an application from Gideon for a Video Editing project.

Kate from Piedmont CASA listed a Finance consultation call.

Anahi matched with Jon from Child Health Partnership for a Program Strategy & Goals project!

Kirbi matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for a Transcription project!

Joe matched with Cohosh from Living Earth School for a Talent Recruitment consultation call!

Megan from Charlottesville Area Community Foundation listed a Video Editing project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Tracy Lee for a Leadership Coaching project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Kaitlyn for a Leadership Coaching project.

Yolonda from The RESTORE Project listed a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Playground of Empathy received an application from Kristy for a Leadership Coaching project.

Kirbi matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for a Transcription project!

Thomas matched with Tina from Camp Holiday Trails for a Logo Design project!

Kirbi matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for a Transcription project!

Sara matched with Maria from Community Climate Collaborative for an Impact Report Graphic Design project!

Kerri matched with Adrienne from Black Women Stitch for a Transcription project!

Elvia matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for a Presentation Template Creation project!

Josiah matched with Alicia from Common Ground Healing Arts for a Finance consultation call!

Stephanie matched with Jill from Botanical Garden of the Piedmont for a Leadership Coaching project!

Playground of Empathy received an application from Elizabeth for a Leadership Coaching project.

Micah from Playground of Empathy listed a Leadership Coaching project.

Embry Martin matched with Jon from Child Health Partnership for a Program Strategy & Goals project!

Mark matched with Megan from Charlottesville Area Community Foundation for an Excel Training project!

Alexandra matched with Abby from Camp Holiday Trails for a Short Video Creation Training project!

Splendor matched with Lisa from Black Women Stitch for a Social Media Audit project!

Victoria matched with Taylor from Mediation Center of Charlottesville for a Translation project!

Scott matched with Marilyn from The Arc of North Central Virginia for a Finance consultation call!

Natale matched with Wilbert from Ellis Acres Memorial Park Inc. for a Logo Design 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 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.

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 pro bono professionals