Welcome to the Bay Area Capacity Building Collective
Strengthen your organization with the help of pro bono volunteers
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.
Elizabet matched with Angela from Oakland Peace Center for a Social Media Audit project!
QWOCMAP received an application from Tejiri for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.
T. Kebo from QWOCMAP listed a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.
Anna matched with Peter from Senior & Disability Action for a Presentation Creation project!
QWOCMAP received an application from David for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.
William matched with Beverly from African American Wellness Project for a Flexible Marketing Strategy Support project!
Alena Museum received an application from Michele for a Fundraising consultation call.
Alena Museum received an application from Tim for a Fundraising consultation call.
Alena Museum received an application from Meryem for a Fundraising consultation call.
Kelsey matched with T. Kebo from QWOCMAP for an Infographic project!
Benny matched with Jamil from African American Art and Culture Complex for an Instagram Set Up & Strategy project!
Joanna matched with Lucia from Trabajadores Unidos Workers United for an Online Research project!
Mark matched with Curley from Performing Stars of Marin for a Website consultation call!
Kazue matched with T. Kebo from QWOCMAP for a Brochure Writing project!
Zukhruf matched with Mark from The Village Method for a Video Editing project!
Micah matched with Leo from Northern California Land Trust for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project!
Doug matched with Curley from Performing Stars of Marin for a Marketing Strategy Consultation project!
Mindy matched with T. Kebo from QWOCMAP for a Press Release project!
Chatterjee matched with T. Kebo from QWOCMAP for an Organizational One-Pager project!
Audrey matched with T. Kebo from QWOCMAP for an Online Research project!
Dionne matched with T. Kebo from QWOCMAP for a Brochure Graphic Design project!
Jennifer matched with Rose Lynn from Sama Sama Summer Cooperative for a Human Resources consultation call!
Ricardo matched with Mark from The Village Method for a Flexible Copywriting Support project!
Ricardo matched with Mark from The Village Method for an Organizational One-Pager project!
Claire matched with Leah from Faithful Fools for an Event Concept & Plan project!
Shahriar Hossain matched with Davina from OCCUR Oakland for a Website Major Update project!
Christie matched with E'rika from African American Art and Culture Complex for a Literature Review project!
Michelle matched with Stewart from MAN 2 MAN - URBAN YOUTH ADVOCATE, INC for a Translation project!
Jon matched with Marsha from Collaborating Agencies' Disaster Relief Effort (CADRE) for a Storytelling project!
Larissa matched with Stewart from MAN 2 MAN - URBAN YOUTH ADVOCATE, INC for a Translation project!
Chloe matched with Mark from The Village Method for a Training Plan Development project!
Matthew matched with Peter from Senior & Disability Action for a Data & Analytics consultation call!
Hally matched with Becca from Old Skool Cafe for a Website Technical Updates project!
John matched with Leah from Faithful Fools for a Flexible Tech Support project!
Jennifer matched with Rose Lynn from Sama Sama Summer Cooperative for a Human Resources consultation call!
Jennifer matched with Rose Lynn from Sama Sama Summer Cooperative for an Employee Handbook project!
Chinue matched with Aminah from African American Art and Culture Complex for a Change Management Coaching project!
Alexandra matched with Aminah from African American Art and Culture Complex for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
Eric matched with Stewart from MAN 2 MAN - URBAN YOUTH ADVOCATE, INC for a Mission, Vision & Values project!
Rachel matched with Kelly from Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project for a Marketing Strategy Consultation project!
Merrishel matched with Tonya from Grown Women Dance Collective for an Online Research project!
Anita matched with Toi Sin from Urban Ed Academy for a Flexible Tech Support project!
Dr. Nader matched with Stewart from MAN 2 MAN - URBAN YOUTH ADVOCATE, INC for a Brand Messaging consultation call!
Lisa matched with Candace from Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for a HR Policy Writing project!
Steve matched with Marsha from Collaborating Agencies' Disaster Relief Effort (CADRE) for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!
Kendre matched with E'rika from African American Art and Culture Complex for a Facilitated Strategy Session project!
John matched with Leah from Faithful Fools for a Tech Systems consultation call!
Ethan matched with Koy from Music Is Extraordinary, Inc dba Oakland Public Conservatory of Music for a Social Media consultation call!
Neida matched with Tonya from Grown Women Dance Collective for an Online Research project!
Ashley matched with Kendra from Old Skool Cafe for a New Employee Onboarding 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 Sep 17th, 2021
How Elizabet W. helped Oakland Peace Center
Social Media Audit
Matched Sep 16th, 2021
How Anna L. helped Senior & Disability Action
Matched Sep 14th, 2021
How William F. helped African American Wellness Project
Flexible Marketing Strategy Support
Matched Aug 30th, 2021
How Kelsey D. helped QWOCMAP
Matched Aug 24th, 2021
How Benny C. helped African American Art and Culture Complex
Instagram Set Up & Strategy
Matched Aug 20th, 2021
How Joanna C. helped Trabajadores Unidos Workers United
Matched Aug 19th, 2021
How Mark R. helped Performing Stars of Marin
Matched Jul 22nd, 2021
How Zukhruf A. helped The Village Method
Matched Jul 16th, 2021
How Micah S. helped Northern California Land Trust
Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity
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 San Francisco Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, East Bay Community Foundation’s ASCEND:BLO Initiative 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 The San Francisco Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, East Bay Community Foundation’s ASCEND:BLO Initiative, and the Hellman Foundation.