Strengthen Your Organization

With Experts Who Help Advance Your Mission

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 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. If you are not sure where to begin, start by talking to a volunteer to get advice and explore ideas.
HAPPENING NOW

Cloverleaf Equine Center (formerly Northern VA Therapeutic Riding Program) received an application from Tobey for a Time Management Coaching project.

Cloverleaf Equine Center (formerly Northern VA Therapeutic Riding Program) received an application from Tobey for a Management Skills Coaching project.

Marwa from Infant/Toddler Family Day Care listed a Social Media consultation call.

Barbara from Docs In Progress listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Melissa from Negotiation Works listed a Talent Recruitment consultation call.

Patrick from Cloverleaf Equine Center (formerly Northern VA Therapeutic Riding Program) listed a Management Skills Coaching project.

Kelsey from Cloverleaf Equine Center (formerly Northern VA Therapeutic Riding Program) listed a Time Management Coaching project.

Council For Court Excellence received an application from Rachael Onyinyechi for a Website Copywriting project.

Emmanuel from The Fishing School listed a Communications consultation call.

Victoria matched with Jenna from Center For Inspired Teaching for a Translation project!

Nicole matched with Elisa from Council For Court Excellence for a Human Resources consultation call!

Drew matched with Jon from Alice Ferguson Foundation for an Artificial Intelligence consultation call!

Blair matched with Jessica from Ayuda for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Austin matched with Iris from Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development for a Data & Analytics consultation call!

Changing Perceptions received an application from odinma for a Social Media Content Calendar project.

Afghan-American Women's Association received an application from Bao Han for a Brand Messaging consultation call.

Changing Perceptions received an application from Daniel for a Social Media Content Calendar project.

Olaitan matched with Daniel from Woodley House for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!

Cathy matched with Bridgette from Network for Victim Recovery of DC for an Excel Training project!

Capitol Hill Village received an application from Jide for an Email Marketing System Set Up project.

Art Enables received an application from Femi for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Real Food for Kids received an application from Colton for a Translation project.

Judy from Capitol Hill Village listed an Email Marketing System Set Up project.

Craig matched with Erin from DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice for a Flyer Graphic Design project!

Afghan-American Women's Association received an application from Dave for a Brand Messaging consultation call.

Teaching For Change received an application from Paul for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project.

Art Enables received an application from Sun for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Shahla from Afghan-American Women's Association listed a Brand Messaging consultation call.

Marwa from Infant/Toddler Family Day Care listed a Marketing Materials consultation call.

Bridgette from Network for Victim Recovery of DC listed an Event Management consultation call.

Phillip from Washington English Center listed a Display Materials Design project.

Teaching For Change received an application from Muz for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project.

Art Enables received an application from chemi for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

WORDS BEATS & LIFE received an application from Archanaa for a New Employee Onboarding project.

Art Enables received an application from John for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Courtney from Art Enables listed a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Diverse City Fund received an application from Mengxiang for a Social Media Audit project.

Kate from CHARLES KOINER CONSERVANCY FOR URBAN FARMING listed an Employee Handbook project.

Erin from DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice listed a Visual Branding consultation call.

Louise matched with Carol from Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. for a Flexible Marketing Strategy Support project!

Melissa from Negotiation Works listed a Market Analysis project.

Computer C.O.R.E. received an application from Shilpa for a Video Editing project.

The Training Source, Inc. received an application from Yu-Hsuan for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Meeta from The Fishing School listed a Fundraising Plan Assessment project.

Teaching For Change received an application from Brendan for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project.

La Cocina VA received an application from Bhawana for a Salesforce Report Creation project.

Anthony matched with Francisca from Real Food for Kids for a Translation project!

Chrisitna from WORDS BEATS & LIFE listed a New Employee Onboarding project.

Josh matched with Anne from Pawfectly Delicious Dog Treats for a Video Editing project!

chemi matched with Laura from Homes Not Borders Inc. for an Impact Report Graphic 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 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 Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s. An outstanding civic leader known for his generosity, Morris Cafritz established the Foundation in 1948. His wife, Gwendolyn, one of Washington’s leading hostesses in the post World War II years, was President of the Foundation from 1964 to 1988. In December 1988, Calvin Cafritz was elected to the Board of Directors of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and since February 1989, has served as Board Chairman. In July 1993, he was elected President and CEO of the Foundation.

The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of the Washington, DC area and is partnering with Catchafire, the largest online tool that connects social good organizations with talented professionals looking to donate their skills. Through this partnership, grantees will have access to virtual, skills-based volunteers, to help them further their missions related to building a brighter future in the arts and humanities, community services, education, health, and the environment.

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.