Posted on February 7, 2011
On the Web - Catchafire
To improve the quality of the volunteer experience by providing the opportunity for people to volunteer their skills in a powerful way.
Rachael Chong, a former investment banker who helped start the US affiliate of BRAC, launched Catchafire in 2009 to make it easier for New York City professionals to volunteer their time and expertise to local nonprofits and social enterprises. Catchafire is a certified B Corporation that charges nonprofits and social enterprises a membership fee to access its database of five thousand pro bono professionals. Members also can participate in networking events, training sessions, seminars, and all projects listed in Catchafire's project menu. The site is free for professionals who are willing to donate their time.
Outstanding Web Features:
Catchafire matches professionals with nonprofits and social enterprises taking into consideration things like skill sets, interests, and availability. Prospective volunteers visiting the site can browse open projects and sign up to receive notification when an organization they "like" has a new project, while organizations can search a project menu to identify their needs. Each project page includes detailed information about the project, including the mission of the organization and the amount of volunteer time needed. The Catchafire site also features success stories from volunteers and a list of partner organizations.
Founder and CEO: Rachael Chong
New York City