Conference Captures: Catchafire Connects Nonprofits and Volunteers with Skills

This is the first in a series of interviews and perspectives captured at this year’s Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp, which took place August 14, 2010 in Berkeley, Calif. To see posts from other conferences, click here.

Catchafire connects professionals looking to volunteer with nonprofits that need their special skills. They describe themselves as an “eHarmony for nonprofits and skilled volunteers.”

We’re always excited to talk about emerging movers and shakers in the volunteering space, and Catchafire’s early stage service certainly falls into that category. We caught up with Jane Slusser, Chief Service Officer, at Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp this past weekend.

Operational since April, Catchafire encourages people to volunteer in innovative ways that are aligned with their interests and special skill sets. By making the best use of people’s time, nonprofits will increase the quality of the volunteer experience and bring more talented, committed people into the volunteering fold.

Currently Catchafire offers its services to nonprofits and social enterprises only in the greater New York City area. They have a great menu of project opportunities, mostly in the fields of marketing and communications. Does this list inspire you? Could your organization use volunteers with these skills?  Head over to VolunteerMatch to post skilled volunteer opportunities of all types all over the U.S.  (By the way, you can learn tips and tricks for integrating skilled volunteers into your program in VolunteerMatch’s webinar: “Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers.”)

Skilled volunteering can add tremendous value to your nonprofit and encourage people to be involved on a deeper level.  New sites like Catchafire are a great way to learn about what types of opportunities these potential volunteers are looking for.