Strengthening Communities by Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity
Leverage talented volunteers to drive your mission
Connect With Talented and Engaged Professionals
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.
Kristin matched with Denise from Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network Inc. (BPPN) for a Social Media consultation call!
Christian from Hope of Buffalo, Inc (dba Peaceprints of WNY) listed an Illustration project.
Chatterjee matched with Erika from Chautauqua Striders for an Online Research project!
JustCause received an application from JIM for a Communications consultation call.
JustCause received an application from Carly for a Communications consultation call.
JustCause received an application from Mandi for a Communications consultation call.
Colored Girls Bike Too received an application from Jay (they/them) for an Event Concept & Plan project.
Chautauqua Safety Village received an application from Shiwani for a Data & Analytics consultation call.
Native American Cultural Center received an application from Gary for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Hope of Buffalo, Inc (dba Peaceprints of WNY) received an application from Sofia for a Logo Design project.
Chautauqua Safety Village received an application from Warda for a Data & Analytics consultation call.
Native American Cultural Center received an application from Ciera for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Ronalyn from Native American Cultural Center listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Nancy from Parent Network of Western New York, Inc. listed a Tech Systems consultation call.
Diane from Chautauqua Safety Village listed a Data & Analytics consultation call.
Christian from Hope of Buffalo, Inc (dba Peaceprints of WNY) listed a Logo Design project.
PathStone Corporation received an application from Chatterjee for a Storytelling project.
Colored Girls Bike Too received an application from Kaylyn for an Event Concept & Plan project.
Chautauqua Safety Village received an application from Cathy for a Data & Analytics consultation call.
JustCause received an application from Grizelda for a Communications consultation call.
JustCause received an application from Hannah for a Social Media Audit project.
Beyond the Sanctuary received an application from Eric for a Tech Systems consultation call.
Hope of Buffalo, Inc (dba Peaceprints of WNY) received an application from Zeeshan for a Logo Design project.
Shane from Infinity Visual & Performing Arts listed an Organizational Chart Creation project.
Rodolfo matched with Jalonda from Colored Girls Bike Too for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project!
Louise from JustCause listed a Communications consultation call.
Sasha from Canopy of Neighbors listed a Website Major Update project.
Sierra matched with Jalonda from Colored Girls Bike Too for a Social Media Content Calendar project!
Kate Shands from Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO) listed a Website Audit project.
Carmen from Beyond the Sanctuary listed a Tech Systems consultation call.
Julia from The Batavia City School District Foundation Inc listed a Communications consultation call.
Louise from JustCause listed a Social Media Audit project.
Sydney matched with Zach from Chautauqua Striders for an Elevator Pitch Coaching project!
The Batavia City School District Foundation Inc received an application from Treika for a Communications consultation call.
The Batavia City School District Foundation Inc received an application from Jean for a Communications consultation call.
Infinity Visual & Performing Arts received an application from Kristy for an Organizational Chart Creation project.
Mike matched with Emily from Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center for a Board Operations & Systems project!
Jalonda from Colored Girls Bike Too listed an Event Concept & Plan project.
YMCA of the Twin Tiers received an application from Quesia for a Leadership Coaching project.
Greater Rochester Housing Partnership, Inc. received an application from Elizabeth for a Flyer Graphic Design project.
Christine from Greater Rochester Housing Partnership, Inc. listed a Flyer Graphic Design project.
Davon matched with Amanda from Chautauqua Striders for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
JIM matched with Ashley from Infinity Visual & Performing Arts for an Individual Donor Letter project!
Rebekah from Food for the Spirit listed a Board Responsibilities & Structure project.
Amanda from Chautauqua Striders listed a Public Speaking Coach project.
YMCA of the Twin Tiers received an application from Tal for a Leadership Coaching project.
Chautauqua Striders received an application from James for a Public Speaking Coach project.
Chautauqua Striders received an application from Elizabeth for a Public Speaking Coach project.
Leaha matched with Stephanie from Infinity Visual & Performing Arts for a Flyer Graphic Design project!
Ben matched with Gina from Southern Tier Environments for Living for a Google Workspace Set Up project!
How It Works
1. Explore Available ProjectsBrowse through over 150 pre-scoped projects and post your own.
2. Find Your Pro Bono ProfessionalReview applications from interested professionals and choose who you want to work with.
3. Get The Help You NeedKick off your project and start making progress.
Two ways to connect!
What Do You Need Help With?
Select from 150+ pre-scoped projects or post a consultation call to get started.
Great Connections Are Made Here
Matched Jan 20th, 2022
How Chatterjee P. helped Chautauqua Striders
Matched Jan 16th, 2022
How Mike M. helped Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center
Board Operations & Systems
Matched Jan 12th, 2022
How JIM P. helped Infinity Visual & Performing Arts
Individual Donor Letter
Matched Jan 11th, 2022
How Susana M. helped EPIC - Every Person Influences Children
Matched Jan 8th, 2022
How Candace C. helped Hearts and Hands- Faith In Action
Matched Jan 6th, 2022
How Sara T. helped Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Matched Jan 6th, 2022
How Kimberly Y. helped Connected Communities
Website Major Update
Matched Jan 6th, 2022
How Ken S. helped City Swim Project
Matched Dec 28th, 2021
How Elijah D. helped InterFaith Works
ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS
Work With Talented Professionals From Around 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
Frequently Asked Questions
New around here? Start with the basics.
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 120 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 to troubleshoot 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.
About This Program
The Western New York Nonprofit Support Group (WNYNSG) is a working group whose goal is to strengthen communities in Western New York and Monroe County by increasing the capacity of the organizations that serve those areas. Comprised of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, the John R. Oishei Foundation, Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Western New York Foundation, 2 independent consultants and 1 staff member, the WNYNSG envisions a healthy nonprofit ecosystem in which organizations collaborate, learn, and innovate together, ultimately becoming even more successful in delivering on their missions.
The WNYNSG has spent the last year listening and learning from nonprofit leaders in the region about the strengths and gaps in resources for the sector. The need for increased access to skills-based volunteers was raised. In an effort to meet that need, the WNYNSG, in partnership with the funders listed below, are excited to bring Catchafire to our region and beyond. 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 areas like marketing and communications, web design, operations, strategy and more. Through the connection to skills-based volunteers, the WNYNSG and their partners maximize the impact organizations are able to make on the communities they serve.
Learn more here about Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, ESL Charitable Foundation, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, John R. Oishei Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Rochester, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, The Western New York Foundation, and The Western New York Nonprofit Support Group.
Get Started Photo: Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez's Welcome Wall, 2017, at 751 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY