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Catchafire Launches Scalable Skills-Based Volunteer Service

Megan McFadden October 4, 2010

Catchafire, a scalable professional skills-based volunteer matching platform, launched its industry-changing Beta site. CEO, Rachael Chong, founded Catchafire to improve the quality of the volunteer experience by providing opportunities for people to volunteer their skills in a powerful way. Catchafire is revolutionizing the way people volunteer through its innovative user interface and matching algorithm that makes high quality matches between professionals who want to volunteer their skills and nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. Catchafire wants volunteers to think, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Since the soft launch of its Alpha site in May, Catchafire has matched over 70 organizations with professionals who have volunteered over 3,000 hours to provide over $500,000 in services. Catchafire’s new site will allow them to do this at a much larger scale. Catchafire Beta was built by CTO, Andrew Lin, who came to Catchafire from Hulu.com where, as VP of Technology, he built Hulu from the ground up to the household name it is today. Catchafire’s new site features include: Dashboard – users can now view and act on all of their volunteer matches through a single page – Project Logs – users can now keep track of their project progress – Project Qualification Quizzes – volunteers are now required to pass a short quiz before they are approved for projects  – Facebook Connect Login – users can now use their Facebook credentials to access the site  – New projects – users can now select new projects in areas including strategy, finance, technology, marketing, public relations, social media, multimedia, and design. Catchafire is also rolling out its Corporate Solution which provides companies with a pipeline of skills-based volunteer opportunities for their employees and tracking and reporting tools allowing them to measure the impact their employees are having on their community. Visit www.catchafire.org to learn more.

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