Catchafire

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Catchafire is a New York-based for-profit organization 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.[1][2]

Volunteers with any of a wide variety of skills can browse Catchafire[3] 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]

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  1. ^ Lore Croghan (July 5, 2009). "New Yorkers turn recession-era gloom into entrepeneurial [sic] gold". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  2. ^ John Leland (November 1, 2011). "Volunteering Rises on the Résumé". NY Times. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
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  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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