It Takes A City

Accelerate your impact with help from skilled volunteers

An Unrestricted Resource to Empower Baltimore Nonprofits

At Catchafire, we believe every nonprofit in Baltimore should get the tools and skills they need, without having to go the extra mile.

Our capacity building program is designed to extend your team and expand your skill set with a massive pool of skilled volunteers who complete tangible projects and provide expert consultation in areas such as marketing, finance, and web development so you can spend more time focusing on your mission.

We are proud to launch Catchafire Baltimore, a project supported by The Catchafire Foundation. This initiative is more than a technology tool — it provides the framework and skills to support equity across Baltimore by empowering nonprofit leaders like yourself to decide what you need to sustain your work over time, giving you more control of your organization's growth and overall impact. This program is free to all nonprofits in Baltimore — simply sign up!
HAPPENING NOW

Dan matched with Nick from HEAL Refugee Health and Asylum Collaborative for a Leadership Coaching project!

Myra from Rebirth Tabernacles of Glory listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Valeria matched with Myra from Rebirth Tabernacles of Glory for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!

Rebirth Tabernacles of Glory received an application from shofiqul for a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Rebirth Tabernacles of Glory received an application from JOHN for a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Jessica matched with Beth from Asylee Women Enterprise for a Leadership Coaching project!

Myra from Rebirth Tabernacles of Glory listed a Finance consultation call.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project received an application from Danyaal for a Google Ads Set Up project.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project received an application from Hala for a Google Ads Set Up project.

TRANSFORMING YOUTHS INTO ADULTS received an application from Austin for a Brochure Graphic Design project.

Rafia matched with Michele from Unintentional Purpose Inc for a Marketing Strategy Consultation project!

John matched with Michele from Unintentional Purpose Inc for an Excel Training project!

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Rebeca for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Kristi matched with Nirali from Metrics for Management for a Management consultation call!

Amanda matched with Sade from Win in STEM Inc. for an Instagram Set Up & Strategy project!

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Henry for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project received an application from shofiqul for a Google Ads Set Up project.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project received an application from Ahmet Berke for a Google Ads Set Up project.

Tina from The Pro Bono Counseling Project listed a Google Ads Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Yanis for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Sarita for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Shiva for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from linh for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Bradford for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Jyoti for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Anchal for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Justin from Unmatched Athlete listed a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Abdelaziz matched with Michele from Unintentional Purpose Inc for a Website Minor Update project!

Unmatched Athlete received an application from Jasmine (Trinh) for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

TRANSFORMING YOUTHS INTO ADULTS received an application from Lingyan for a Brochure Graphic Design project.

KAREEN from TRANSFORMING YOUTHS INTO ADULTS listed a Brochure Graphic Design project.

Jorge matched with Alexander from Team Redemption for a Data & Analytics consultation call!

Jon matched with Lawrence from Outcast Food Network for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!

Dale matched with Jonathan from Ashland Community Development Corporation for an Elevator Pitch Coaching project!

David matched with Erin from B-More Dog for a Brand Messaging consultation call!

Kristen matched with Beth from Asylee Women Enterprise for a Change Management Coaching project!

Araki matched with Michele from Unintentional Purpose Inc for a Website consultation call!

Christopher matched with Erin from B-More Dog for a Brand Messaging consultation call!

Marci matched with Laura from Asylee Women Enterprise for a Time Management Coaching project!

Araki matched with KAREEN from TRANSFORMING YOUTHS INTO ADULTS for a Logo Design project!

Ryan matched with John from Heathcote for a Flexible Data Support project!

Ashwin matched with Michele from Unintentional Purpose Inc for an Operating Budget project!

Yohana matched with John from Heathcote for an Online Survey project!

Justin matched with John from Heathcote for an Identify Success Metrics project!

Jide matched with Jenn from Friends of Great Kids Farm for a Website consultation call!

Keli matched with Jenn from Friends of Great Kids Farm for a Website consultation call!

Kayiza matched with Michele from Unintentional Purpose Inc for a Social Media consultation call!

Anika matched with Jabril from The Housing Authority of Baltimore City - Office of Resident Services for an Event Management consultation call!

Ted matched with LaQuida from Smalltimore Homes for an Elevator Pitch Coaching project!

Freda matched with Randi from Metallic Luxury for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project!

How It Works

Whether you need pro bono support on a project, or want advice from an industry expert, get it all done with Catchafire.
1. Explore Available Projects
Browse through over 150 proven projects and post your own.
2. Find Your Pro Bono Professional
Review applications from interested professionals and choose who you want to work with.
3. Get The Help You Need
Kick off your project and start making progress.
Two ways to connect!
Consultation Calls
Get on the phone with an industry expert to get answers to burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges, or get feedback.
Projects
Work with a skilled professional to complete critical projects such as graphic design, website development, copywriting, database customization, and more!
ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS

Work With Talented Professionals From Around the World

Catchafire's virtual volunteering network connects you with passionate professionals across a diverse range of fields, from Fortune 500s to 1-person startups, all over the world.

Finding the right match is important. Each of the 150+ proven 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 Baltimore Organizations are Saying

“Catchafire is an invaluable resource that I am grateful to have the opportunity to use! The volunteers I have worked with are top notch, incredibly creative, helpful, and talented.”
Lynne K. Executive Director, Baltimore Hunger Project
“Queen Nefertiti created an outstanding infographic for our organization. She captured the essence of our organization and the outcomes we achieved in a 1-page infographic. We had several phone calls about what we wanted to convey and how we wanted convey it. We discussed colors and changed concepts. Queen was very flexible and receptive. She was a joy to work with and I appreciate that we had the opportunity to work with someone with such talent!”
Terrylynn T. Development Director, Youth Empowerment Society (YES)

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.

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.

Absolutely! Schedule a call, or email your questions to [email protected] and one of Catchafire’s Nonprofit Advisors will be in touch within 24 business hours.

About Our Approach

For a little over a decade, Catchafire has provided its platform to thousands of nonprofit organizations throughout the globe, bringing equitable systems of support to help local nonprofits maximize their impact and meet the needs of residents.

At Catchafire, we believe in inclusive capacity building that is more accessible and responsive, more deeply rooted in mutual trust, and more scalable to reach the widest range of nonprofits — with a special focus on communities that have been under-resourced and underrepresented. Because of our particular approach, we were provided the opportunity, alongside The Catchafire Foundation, to launch our platform in any city within the United States.

Through interviews with nonprofits and community members, it was clear Baltimore and its surrounding area already has all the changemakers (you!) it needs. The surest path forward to strengthening Baltimore neighborhoods is by bridging the gap to expert talent through consistent access to critical capacity building projects and operational support. You are the experts in your neighborhood and by no means do we want to change the way you advocate for your city, we simply want to exist as a resource to help you grow.

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If you have more questions, email the Catchafire team at [email protected]. We also encourage you to share this offering with any 501c3 in Baltimore.