Our foundation partner programs amplify grantmakers’ ability to empower nonprofit capacity building, at a fraction of the cost commanded by traditional grants for outsourcing and hiring professional services.
The benefits go far beyond the tactical gains of getting critical work done. Catchafire connections often develop into long-term relationships between skilled professionals and nonprofits, enriching the organization’s network of supporters and advocates, and creating ongoing opportunities for learning and development.
Perhaps most important of all is the transformation that occurs when an organization is freed from the constraints created by operational inefficiencies and overhead deficits, and instead can focus on its programmatic work for the communities it serves.
Empowering a local community of changemakers
Our partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation matches skilled volunteers with community nonprofits to complete the essential work required to deepen the impact of their programmatic work. Because the foundation maintains close ties with many Philadelphia-area nonprofits, we are pleased to offer this program not only to the foundation’s current grantees, but to other local organizations as well.
Volunteers and changemakers connect via our online platform, which is customized for The Philadelphia Foundation to create a coherent sense of community membership that speaks to the foundation’s mission and focus areas. Our partnership began in 2017, and within the first few months alone we facilitated 250 volunteer projects and phone consultations for nearly 100 organizations.
The program is designed to serve our shared goal of helping nonprofits enhance their social good impact. A key strategy is our collaborative approach to grantee engagement. We offer in-person information sessions and networking events, and our team of nonprofit advisors works one-on-one with changemakers to help prioritize and plan projects.
We are so happy with the service that you have provided from information sessions and coming to spend time with us in person to webinars to monthly reporting and your phone calls. You have exceeded all of our expectations and we have continued to communicate this to our leadership and board.
Following the success of our inaugural year, we look forward to ongoing collaboration with The Philadelphia Foundation to continually offer new opportunities to strengthen the capacity of the community’s nonprofits through leveraging the talents and experience of professionals looking for meaningful ways to contribute.
Putting professional skills to work where they are most needed
The Segal Family Foundation supports exemplary organizations that are focused on finding local and scalable solutions to Sub-Saharan Africa’s most pressing challenges. Launched in 2013, our partnership is now the foundation’s signature resource for pro-bono consulting and capacity building project work.
Through Catchafire, grantees are able to connect virtually with talented volunteers in the United States and across the world for consultations and to complete work that would be difficult or prohibitively expensive to find locally, such as database customization, website design, and marketing strategy. Our menu of 100+ pre-scoped projects, all with prerequisite skills and experience, core deliverables, and estimated time commitment, makes it easy for changemakers to communicate specific needs.
These critical projects help strengthen grassroots efforts and impact, and collectively save thousands of dollars for organizations. There are significant long-term benefits too, as relationships between nonprofits and volunteers help increase visibility around the nonprofits’ work and expand their global networks of supporters and advocates.
As the majority of grantees are located in Africa, we participate in the foundation’s annual conference, held in New Jersey and Uganda on a rotating schedule, to provide information sessions and meet with organizations one-on-one to plan projects. The demand for skills-based volunteering remains strong, with 100% of grantees asking to maintain their Catchafire accounts year to year, and many nonprofits optimizing the program by completing multiple projects and calls.
We share the Segal Family Foundation’s deep respect and admiration for these nonprofits, and we are proud to be considered a trusted partner in support of the foundation’s work.
As a small organization with strong potential for growth, the introduction of Catchafire came at the time we needed it most. Through Catchafire, our organization SAVIC now has a new professionally designed website (which has received 99% approval rates from our Board and team), well-designed Logic models, a stronger strategic plan, as well as an effective fundraising strategy. All these have allowed for better management of our operations and measuring of our impact as a community organization. So far, we have successfully completed six projects, all of which have offered tangible products that we did not have before, contributing to a better and more effective way of running our programs and operations with the refugee youth in the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
Our corporate partnerships are focused on offering employees meaningful opportunities to use their skills to give back to the causes they are passionate about, while also supporting professional development, community engagement, and corporate philanthropy.
We collaborate closely with each client to design distinctive offerings that fit the organization’s adjacent corporate social responsibility and human resources initiatives, and we evolve our programs over time in pursuit of continual growth and innovation.
Catchafire’s mission is to change how individuals understand their ability to have a positive social impact. Anyone can be a changemaker for good, and through our corporate partner programs we demonstrate the immense power talented professionals have to make a difference.
It’s a new approach to employee engagement for corporate social responsibility.
Connecting Viacom’s talented professionals with opportunities to strengthen nonprofits in their local communities and support causes close to their hearts.
Talent for Good, Viacom’s signature skills-based employee volunteer program, was created in partnership with Catchafire and Viacommunity, Viacom’s corporate social responsibility umbrella.
Talent for Good was officially launched in 2014 following the success of the MTV Nonprofit Makeover. Recognizing the immense power of media to engage and inform, MTV and Catchafire paired up to identify a nonprofit that had an important but difficult story to tell, and needed help bringing it to life. The results were remarkable. MTV staff created a comprehensive marketing toolkit that empowered positive storytelling around the Center for Employment Opportunities’ critical mission work. The MTV team was hooked, and as word quickly spread to colleagues who had not participated, Talent for Good was born.
Today, our program offers individual skills-based projects and consultation calls facilitated through Talent for Good’s dedicated and branded Catchafire platform, as well as live events that bring employees and nonprofit leaders together for team projects, rapid fire brainstorms, round table discussions, call-a-thons, and more.
In the Viacom spirit of innovation, we work hand-in-hand with Viacommunity to dream up and deliver creative new ways of providing tangible value to social good organizations and driving awareness and engagement. As we reflect on the program’s success and plan for the future, we are delighted to see that Talent for Good not only meets its stated goals, but also serves as an unconventional networking channel that promotes organic ideation and learning amongst employees from different disciplines and across Viacom’s iconic brands.
Talent for Good is an organic way for Viacom employees to give back to their communities — by utilizing the skill sets they bring to the table day in and day out with the opportunity to apply those skills in a different setting to an organization in the community, is a win-win situation for everyone involved. It fills a need for the organization, and helps that employee continue to sharpen that skill at the exact same time. It’s about demystifying giving back and reminding our employees that having an impact should be fun, convenient and most importantly, rewarding.
It is a privilege to support Viacom in its mission to amplify its social good impact, and we are excited to grow Talent for Good to connect even more of Viacom’s creative and skilled professionals with high-impact ways to give back.