Welcome to the Bay Area Capacity Building Collective

Strengthen your organization with the help of pro bono volunteers

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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

Jolin matched with Katie from Cedars for a Video Editing project!

Rebecca from Resilient Neighborhoods listed a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.

Children for Change received an application from Jolin for a Video Editing project.

Stephen matched with Rich from The Canal Arts for a Website consultation call!

Performing Stars of Marin received an application from Harshwardhan for a Visual Branding consultation call.

Ross matched with Rich from The Canal Arts for a Tech Systems consultation call!

Victoria matched with Sallie from Homeward Bound of Marin for a Translation project!

Children for Change received an application from Adnan for a Video Editing project.

Alejandra matched with Gretchen from Children for Change for a Storytelling project!

Gretchen from Children for Change listed a Video Editing project.

Marin Center for Independent Living received an application from Evan for a Print Materials Design project.

Marin Center for Independent Living received an application from John for a Print Materials Design project.

Olivia from Marin Center for Independent Living listed a Print Materials Design project.

Michelle matched with Gretchen from Children for Change for an Online Research project!

West Marin Community Services received an application from Callie for a Social Media consultation call.

Tyler matched with Gretchen from Children for Change for an Accounting Systems Set Up project!

Smiti matched with Rich from The Canal Arts for a Website consultation call!

Ben matched with Elizabeth from West Marin Community Services for a Website consultation call!

Elizabeth from West Marin Community Services listed a Social Media consultation call.

Victoria matched with Sallie from Homeward Bound of Marin for a Translation project!

WildCare received an application from Raj for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Victoria matched with Dabney from ScreenSense for a Translation project!

Performing Stars of Marin received an application from Ems for a Visual Branding consultation call.

Ems matched with Simone from SEI for a Marketing Materials consultation call!

Marin Interfaith Council received an application from Jennifer for a Human Resources consultation call.

Scott from Marin Interfaith Council listed a Human Resources consultation call.

Pratibha matched with Gretchen from Children for Change for a Storytelling project!

WildCare received an application from Derek for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Performing Stars of Marin received an application from Elizabeth for a Visual Branding consultation call.

WildCare received an application from Rashika for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

WildCare received an application from Sanjay for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Danita matched with Zoe from Alternative Theater Ensemble for an Online Research project!

Eileen from WildCare listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.

Felecia from Performing Stars of Marin listed a Visual Branding consultation call.

WildCare received an application from Karthikeyani for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Victoria matched with Karen from Insight Garden Program for a Translation project!

WildCare received an application from Wanqing for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Stewart from MAN 2 MAN - URBAN YOUTH ADVOCATE, INC listed an Event Logistics Planning project.

WildCare received an application from Geetanjali for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

WildCare received an application from Jesse for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

WildCare received an application from Thayná for a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Alison from WildCare listed a Google Analytics Set Up & Training project.

Janet matched with Olivia from Marin Center for Independent Living for a Print Materials Design project!

Scott from Operation Access listed an Event Management consultation call.

Abdul Qudoos matched with Maura from Homeward Bound of Marin for a Tech Systems consultation call!

Kathleen matched with Stephanie from North Marin Community Services for an Online Research project!

Raashi matched with Anastasia from Conservation Corps North Bay for a Community Agreement Creation Training project!

Britne matched with Katie from Cedars for a Video Editing project!

Julia matched with Carolyn from Lighthouse Singers Gospel Choir for a Social Media consultation call!

san-marie matched with Corry from Homeward Bound of Marin for a Branded Digital Assets 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

Marin Community Foundation, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Hellman Foundation have joined together to launch the Catchafire Bay Area Collective. This program provides capacity building resources to local nonprofit organizations working to build stronger, more equitable communities.

The participating foundations have partnered with Catchafire to support nonprofit organizations by making connections to pro bono professionals here in the Bay Area and across the world. Through these connections, the Collective maximizes the impact organizations are able to make on the communities they serve.

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 much, much more.

Learn more about Marin Community Foundation, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Hellman Foundation.

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