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

Borp received an application from Araki for a Logo Design project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Araki for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Borp received an application from Carol for a Logo Design project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Amanda for a Website consultation call.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from William for a Branded Digital Assets project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Daniel for an Operating Budget project.

Nancy from Collective Impact listed a Display Materials Design project.

Emily from Borp listed a Logo Design project.

City of Dreams received an application from Chatterjee for a Copywriting project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Leah for a Branded Digital Assets project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Samantha for a Branded Digital Assets project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from Sagar for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Emmanuel for an Operating Budget project.

City of Dreams received an application from HUMA for a Copywriting project.

City of Dreams received an application from Junior for a Copywriting project.

City of Dreams received an application from Jonah for a Copywriting project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Fiorella for a Branded Digital Assets project.

Jarae from City of Dreams listed a Copywriting project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Akinwale for a Branded Digital Assets project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from Victor for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Push Dance Company received an application from Chelsea for a Merchandising project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Annika for a Website consultation call.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Tanvi for a Branded Digital Assets project.

Jamie from Performing Arts Workshop listed a Branded Digital Assets project.

Mission Kids Co-Op received an application from Brenda for an Employee Handbook project.

Mission Kids Co-Op received an application from Loren for a HR Policy Writing project.

Mission Kids Co-Op received an application from Donnie for a HR Policy Writing project.

Push Dance Company received an application from Jeffrey for a Merchandising project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from Utkarsha for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Oona from Mission Kids Co-Op listed a HR Policy Writing project.

Oona from Mission Kids Co-Op listed a Board Operations & Systems project.

Oona from Mission Kids Co-Op listed an Employee Handbook project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from Shruti for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Veronique for an Operating Budget project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Justin for an Operating Budget project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Roza for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Carol for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Push Dance Company received an application from Xuanchen for a Merchandising project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from Vincy for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Emily from San Francisco Youth Theatre listed a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Performing Arts Workshop received an application from Nathan for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.

Better Because Collective received an application from Ryan for a Website Copywriting project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from Bosire for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

San Francisco Youth Theatre received an application from FRANKLIN for a Google Analytics Reporting project.

Collective Impact received an application from Bindia for a Storytelling project.

Bridges Diasporic Arts received an application from Aly for a Social Media Content Calendar project.

Holy Stitch! received an application from Carla for a Website consultation call.

John matched with Megan from San Francisco Housing and Development Corporation for an Impact Report Graphic Design project!

Kijiji Afrika received an application from Shaily for an Infographic project.

kim matched with Mylene from Magic Tooth Bus for a Video Editing 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