Catchafire

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Catchafire is a New York-based for-profit organization[1] which makes skill-based connections between professional volunteers and other non-profits. It was founded in 2009 by Rachael Chong, a former investment banker with UBS.[2]

Volunteers—typically mid-level professionals[3]—browse Catchafire to find short-term projects which match their specific talents. Catchafire has been explicitly compared with matchmaking or dating websites.[4] Catchafire charges its nonprofit subscribers a fee for matching a project with a volunteer.[5]

Chong has said she was inspired to start Catchafire by her experience volunteering for a house-building project in The Bronx, which left her financial and banking skills "untapped," requiring her instead to haul lumber around a building site.[6] "We're matching what people do in their day-to-day lives with the opportunity to apply those amazing skills to a non-profit that truly needs it," she has said.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Lore Croghan, "New Yorkers turn recession-era gloom into entrepeneurial gold" NY Daily News, July 5, 2009; John Leland, "Volunteering Rises on the Résumé" NY Times, November 1, 2011
  3. ^ Ann Fisher, "A matchmaker for nonprofits and skilled volunteers" Crains NY Business, January 21, 2011
  4. ^ "A 'Match.com' for Nonprofits and Volunteers" Fox Business Small Business Center, March 3, 2011
  5. ^ "A 'Match.com' for Nonprofits and Volunteers" Fox Business Small Business Center, March 3, 2011
  6. ^ Ann Fisher, "A matchmaker for nonprofits and skilled volunteers" Crains NY Business, January 21, 2011
  7. ^ Laurie Segall "Giving thanks, Web 2.0 style" CNN Money, November 24, 2010

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