Despite the fact I graduated from high school in 1976 I still think of the year in terms of the school schedule. So when most people make their resolutions in December I tend to do it in September. Have you been telling yourself the world is a mess and I would like to help out? Do you want to get more involved in grooming the future generation and passing on what you know? Well, September is a good time to start and Catchafire has a way of making it easy.

START THE SEASON OFF BY GIVING WHAT YOU KNOW

Sep 6, 2011by tracey Comments

Giving your skills for good in America will take a great leap forward this September as Catchafire activates virtual pro bono for the first time. Catchafire matches professionals who want to give their skills with social good organizations that need their help, making it easy for every professional to use their skills for good and for every social good organization to access and effectively use pro bono as a way to build capacity within their organization.

Until recently, only pro bono professionals based in the greater NYC area were able to take advantage of Catchafire’s pro bono opportunities. However, professionals from all over the United States will be able to give their skills for good, even if they are not in the same location as the social good organization they are helping. A few key points on virtual pro bono at Catchafire:

Almost all Catchafire projects are suitable for virtual pro bono, and social good organizations will receive project applications from virtual professionals in the same way they do from local ones.
Social good organizations will now have more talent choices and a larger pool of professionals to help them address their needs.
Meetings will be conducted via videoconference or telephone, with both parties taking advantage of 21st century technology such as Skype, Gchat and Google Docs to work efficiently.
“The move to virtual pro bono is based on us now being at a stage in our lifecycle where we feel that we can provide our organizations and our professionals with just as good an experience virtually, as we can in person,” said Catchafire CEO Rachael Chong. “We wanted to make sure that we had all the pieces in place to make a virtual project just as successful as a project where the professional and organization can meet face to face. While we still advocate local matches, we want to provide our organizations with as much choice as possible in terms of talent, and do not believe we should restrict them if they decide to choose a virtual professional instead of a locally based one.”

Ready to get involved? Register here! http://www.catchafire.org/user_reg