Strengthen Your Organization
With Help from Skilled 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.
BCIC Early Achievers received an application from Isiaq for a Copywriting project.
Julia from Growing Forward Together listed an Impact Report Graphic Design project.
Amanda matched with Amy from Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley for a Translation project!
Nora matched with Tiamarie from Novi Community Coalition for a Data & Analytics consultation call!
Ann from Dream of Detroit listed a Flexible Web Development Support project.
Dream of Detroit received an application from Jingchi for a Flexible Web Development Support project.
Single Family Living received an application from Diane for a Storytelling project.
Dream of Detroit received an application from Ka Wai for a Flexible Web Development Support project.
BCIC Early Achievers received an application from Esezobor for a Copywriting project.
Chaitanya matched with Matthew from Community & Home Supports, Inc for an Excel Dashboard Creation project!
SISTAHS REACHIN' OUT (SRO) received an application from Kuyet for a Storytelling project.
Perfecting Community Development Corporation received an application from Sandy for an Excel-Based Accounting System project.
Ned matched with Eric from A Brighter Way for a Translation project!
Lisa from Oakland Literacy Council listed a Logo Design project.
BCIC Early Achievers received an application from Jozef for a Copywriting project.
Pure Heart Foundation received an application from Eliana for an Organizational Strategy consultation call.
Mihir matched with Donna from Higher Ground Abodes for a Brochure Graphic Design project!
shofiqul matched with Donna from Higher Ground Abodes for a Flexible Marketing Strategy Support project!
BCIC Early Achievers received an application from Chatterjee for a Copywriting project.
Perfecting Community Development Corporation received an application from Jan for a Finance consultation call.
Ernie matched with Donna from Higher Ground Abodes for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project!
Lynwood from BCIC Early Achievers listed a Copywriting project.
Jeremy matched with Matthew from Community & Home Supports, Inc for a Data Collection Plan project!
VeronCia from Perfecting Community Development Corporation listed a Finance consultation call.
Perfecting Community Development Corporation received an application from Phil for a Finance consultation call.
Leonard matched with Shanita from Gilda's Club Metro Detroit for a Finance consultation call!
Paul matched with Shanita from Gilda's Club Metro Detroit for a Finance consultation call!
Tammy matched with Rochelle from Safe & Sound Ministries for a Storytelling project!
Liane matched with Towana from Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO) for a Copyediting project!
Operation Refuge received an application from Allison for a Talent Recruitment consultation call.
Community & Home Supports, Inc received an application from Abhinav for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Training project.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan received an application from Billie Jo for a Flexible Human Resources Support project.
Matthew from Community & Home Supports, Inc listed a Process Improvement project.
Matthew from Community & Home Supports, Inc listed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Training project.
Operation Refuge received an application from Emily for a Talent Recruitment consultation call.
Hazel Park School District received an application from Swaathi for a Human Resources consultation call.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan received an application from Ana for a Flexible Human Resources Support project.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan received an application from Hana for a Flexible Human Resources Support project.
Tom matched with Ann from Dream of Detroit for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Training project!
Perfecting Community Development Corporation received an application from Paul for an Excel-Based Accounting System project.
Operation Refuge received an application from Joe for a Talent Recruitment consultation call.
Our Community Reads received an application from Anne Marie for an Accounting Systems Review project.
Gilda's Club Metro Detroit received an application from Kiadriyanna for a Translation project.
Kallista from Our Community Reads listed an Accounting Systems Review project.
Jr. Achievement of Southeastern MI received an application from Abiola for a Brochure Graphic Design project.
Jenny from SISTAHS REACHIN' OUT (SRO) listed a Storytelling project.
Staishy matched with Jenny from SISTAHS REACHIN' OUT (SRO) for a Brand Messaging consultation call!
Soumaya from Jr. Achievement of Southeastern MI listed a Brochure Graphic Design project.
Janice matched with Summer from Fresh Start Clubhouse, Inc. for a Website consultation call!
CHRISTOPHER matched with Kaela from Read to a Child for a Tech Systems 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
How Amanda d. helped Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
How Nora M. helped Novi Community Coalition
How Chaitanya J. helped Community & Home Supports, Inc
How Mihir V. helped Higher Ground Abodes
How Tammy B. helped Safe & Sound Ministries
How Liane L. helped Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO)
How Deepa S. helped Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
How Blaise M. helped Dream of Detroit
How Tom B. helped Progressive Lifestyles, Inc.
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 150+ 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 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
United Way for Southeastern Michigan is excited to join Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, and funders in the Great Lakes Bay Region in the statewide nonprofit capacity-building program, One Michigan.
One Michigan is a collaborative with a shared vision that one day every nonprofit in Michigan can have access to the tools and talent they need through Catchafire’s on-demand support to create positive social change across the state.
As part of One Michigan, nonprofits get access to Catchafire’s innovative virtual platform and programming to leverage a network of more than 100,000 skilled volunteers who will help pro bono with needs such as website development, online marketing, strategic planning, professional development, and other areas of critical work. Through Catchafire, One Michigan empowers nonprofits to strengthen their operations, teams, and ultimately accelerate their efforts to build stronger, healthier, and more equitable communities.
Catchafire is a full service, on-demand solution designed to address the wide-ranging and complex needs of nonprofits and is the largest online tool to connect social good organizations with talented professionals looking to donate their skills.
Learn more about United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, Midland Area Community Foundation, United Way of Midland County, Saginaw Community Foundation, United Way of Saginaw County, Bay Area Community Foundation, United Way of Bay County, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties, Greenleaf Trust, The Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and the Skillman Foundation.
For foundations interested in learning more about One Michigan and how to get involved, please contact Catchafire.