Catchafire's $1 Million Give What You're Good At Holiday Campaign

January is officially over, and it's time for a standing ovation for everyone who signed up to use their professional skills for good during our $1 Million Give What You're Good At Holiday Campaign!

From November 1 to January 31, an impressive 2,331 new people signed up on to give what they're good at and help New York City nonprofits in need. (We also added 361 awesome new nonprofits and social enterprise organizations to our roster over this time.)

This outpouring resulted in 83 new project matches -- more than 3,270 hours worth of professional services!

Here are just some of the matches that came out of the campaign:

  • New York Needs You, a nonprofit leadership program and career development resource for first-generation college students, got a beautiful set of brochures created by graphic designer Carole Weitz. Carole had such a great experience with her match, she promptly signed up for another project.
  • Atlas Service Corps runs an internationally-focused fellowship program for promising young nonprofit leaders from around the world. They were matched with Jonathan Gass, who will help them to identify a list of potential New York City nonprofits with which to place their fellows.
  • African Services Committee needed help with their bilingual communications materials. They were matched with Nassima Lauzon, a marketing professional and fluent French speaker. Originally from North Africa, Nassima was particularly interested in helping this nonprofit that delivers health, housing, legal and social services to African immigrants.
  • Choices in Childbirth, a nonprofit aiming to improve maternity care and educate women about alternative childbirth options, needed help planning an event. They were paired with Emily Voorhees who, in addition to being a marketing pro, happens to teach pre-natal and post-partum pilates, and is a doula. Even we were surprised with the high level of compatibility on this match.

Though we didn't quite hit a million dollars, we got very, very close, with the final tally at $909,000 in pro bono services for New York City nonprofits and social enterprises. We think that's no small feat!

And even though the campaign is officially over, we still encourage skilled professionals to sign up or browse our current list of open projects for something that speaks to you.

If you're a nonprofit in need of professional services, this is a great time to take advantage of all the new pro bono talent we've brought on board during the campaign. Check out our project menu to see if your organization could benefit from any of these projects. Or check out our nonprofit and social enterprise FAQ for more information on how our services work.

Thanks again to everyone who signed up for a project over the past three months -- we can't wait to see how your projects turn out!

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