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.
Jan matched with Jane from Dunkirk Historical Museum for an Accounting Systems Set Up project!
Dreamerscorp Inc received an application from Shoshanna for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project.
Canticle Farm received an application from Jim for a Facilitated Strategy Session project.
Cynthia M. from Grace House listed an Accounting Systems Review project.
The Hub585, Inc received an application from Yanming for an Accounting Systems Set Up project.
Every Bottom Covered received an application from Daria for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Liz matched with Sasha from Canopy of Neighbors for a Social Media Content Calendar project!
David matched with Christine from Greater Rochester Housing Partnership, Inc. for a Website Content Audit project!
Patrick matched with Alicia from Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. for an Individual Donor Letter project!
The Hub585, Inc received an application from Nagaraju for an Accounting Systems Set Up project.
Every Bottom Covered received an application from Sondatre for a Storytelling project.
Girls Education Collaborative received an application from Carol for a Merchandising project.
Every Bottom Covered received an application from Jennifer for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Deborah matched with Sarah from City Year Buffalo for a Time Management Coaching project!
Nina matched with Sarah from City Year Buffalo for a Time Management Coaching project!
Serene matched with Erin from YMCA of the Twin Tiers for a Partnership Proposal Presentation project!
Kirk from Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation listed an Individual Donor Letter project.
Canticle Farm received an application from John for a Facilitated Strategy Session project.
Belmont Housing received an application from Maria for a Website Audit project.
Fatherhood Connection received an application from Jeremy for a Finance consultation call.
Belmont Housing received an application from Ilja for a Website Audit project.
Belmont Housing received an application from Susanna for a Website Audit project.
Ashley from The Hub585, Inc listed an Accounting Systems Set Up project.
Michael from Belmont Housing listed a Website Audit project.
Britney N. matched with Taylor from Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. for an Organizational One-Pager project!
Every Bottom Covered received an application from Nicole for a Storytelling project.
Chautauqua County Historical Society received an application from Sunuja for a Website consultation call.
Girls Education Collaborative received an application from Gail for an Individual Donor Letter project.
Belmont Housing received an application from Tyler for a Website Audit project.
Jenna matched with Stephanie from Infinity Visual & Performing Arts for a Flexible Copywriting Support project!
Deborah matched with Karen from The Justice Center for Children and Families Inc. for a Flexible Program Strategy Support project!
Anne from Girls Education Collaborative listed an Individual Donor Letter project.
Anne from Girls Education Collaborative listed a Merchandising project.
Anne from Girls Education Collaborative listed an Impact Report Graphic Design project.
Every Bottom Covered received an application from Sanja for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Nishtha matched with Jalonda from Colored Girls Bike Too for a Website consultation call!
Brea matched with Raziya from Every Bottom Covered for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
Raziya from Every Bottom Covered listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Larry matched with Raziya from Every Bottom Covered for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
Restoration Rochester received an application from Sulamita for a Print Materials Design project.
Chautauqua County Historical Society received an application from Dominic for a Website consultation call.
Gretchen matched with Angelina from Hearts and Hands- Faith In Action for a Print Materials Design project!
Fatherhood Connection received an application from Edd for a Marketing Strategy consultation call.
Fatherhood Connection received an application from Lanie for a Marketing Strategy consultation call.
Mark matched with Stephen from Broadway Filmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. for a Website consultation call!
Elizabet matched with Stephen from Broadway Filmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. for a Website consultation call!
Bridget from Chautauqua County Historical Society listed a Website consultation call.
Fostering Greatness Inc. received an application from Pam for an Organizational Executive Summary project.
Fatherhood Connection received an application from Glenn for a Finance consultation call.
Chautauqua County Historical Society received an application from Dauda for a Website consultation call.
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 Sep 18th, 2021
How Jan H. helped Dunkirk Historical Museum
Accounting Systems Set Up
Matched Sep 16th, 2021
How Liz C. helped Canopy of Neighbors
Social Media Content Calendar
Matched Sep 16th, 2021
How David G. helped Greater Rochester Housing Partnership, Inc.
Website Content Audit
Matched Sep 16th, 2021
How Patrick B. helped Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc.
Individual Donor Letter
Matched Sep 15th, 2021
How Deborah B. helped City Year Buffalo
Time Management Coaching
Matched Sep 15th, 2021
How Serene C. helped YMCA of the Twin Tiers
Partnership Proposal Presentation
Matched Sep 13th, 2021
How Jenna T. helped Infinity Visual & Performing Arts
Flexible Copywriting Support
Matched Sep 10th, 2021
How Brea S. helped Every Bottom Covered
Matched Sep 8th, 2021
How Gretchen W. helped Hearts and Hands- Faith In Action
Print Materials Design
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