Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations bring Catchafire to Minnesota

Virtual platform allows nonprofits to access support from volunteers nationwide

(May 8, 2018) The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations today announced that they are bringing the virtual, skills-based volunteering platform Catchafire to Minnesota. This initial pilot partnership gives 300 nonprofits across the state free access to Catchafire for a full year, allowing them to explore virtual volunteerism as a way to build capacity.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to help nonprofits access talent and resources to help strengthen the communities we serve,” said Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president and CEO of the Foundations. “In connecting the combined talents of a nationwide pool of skilled volunteers with Minnesota grantees through the Catchafire platform, we believe nonprofits can engage with a new form of volunteerism, allowing them to have a stronger impact.”

Nonprofits post their immediate operational needs to the Catchafire platform, such as designing an annual report building a new website or developing new human resources systems. Talented pro bono professionals across the country can then respond to nonprofits whose needs best match their skillsets. The work is completed remotely, with the opportunity for volunteers and organizations to forge relationships that last beyond the initial project.

“Catchafire is thrilled to be partnering with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations to provide Minnesota nonprofits with access to high-quality, pro bono consultants and contractors to help build their capacity at scale,” said Rachael Chong, CEO of Catchafire. “Through our proven menu of pre-scoped, strategic and operational projects, nonprofits are able to clearly articulate their needs to effectively work with the pro bono professionals that Catchafire sources, and as a result, strengthen their teams and their operations.”

Nonprofits across the country are looking for new ways to engage volunteers and utilize their skillsets. Platforms such as Catchafire are making virtual volunteerism a real, effective tool for increasing an organization’s volunteer base and moving important work forward.

“As we work to address the growing and changing needs of our community, having capacity building support is invaluable,” said Austin Wiebe, director of marketing and communications at metro-based nonprofit Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES). “We look forward to learning more about this opportunity and exploring further partnerships.”

At the conclusion of the pilot, the Foundations will assess the impact of the program and explore opportunities to potentially expand access to the platform for a larger number of nonprofits across the state.