Key Skills Hub

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Share your Passion and Talents with Nonprofits

You have the expertise to help fill the gaps that nonprofits lack the resources to implement. Many nonprofits would welcome access to professional skills such as strategy, project management web development and graphic design. This work and more is essential to empowering a nonprofit to effectively deliver on their mission while helping you to enhance your skills and grow your professional network.

By volunteering on the Key Skills Hub, you can connect your passion to the causes you care about, while honing and developing your knowledge and skills at the same time. Whether volunteering for a project or even just getting on a phone call to provide expert advice, you are giving so much more than your time. You are creating deeper purpose and increasing the operational capacity of nonprofits that address the issue facing your neighborhood, Greater Philadelphia and the world beyond.

How It Works

Support a cause you care about by volunteering for a project or consultation call. With over 140 different project types, there is an opportunity to give back that matches your skills and time availability.
1. Browse
Explore projects and questions posted by nonprofits based on your skills and causes you are passionate about.
2. Apply
Submit your application and resume to let the nonprofit know you are interested.
3. Match
When you and the organization decide it's a good fit, start working together!
Two ways to share your skills!
Consultation Calls
Consultation Calls
Get on the phone with a nonprofit to help answer burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges, or give feedback.
Projects
Projects
Work with a nonprofit to complete critical projects such as graphic design, website development, copywriting, database customization, and more.

How Do You Want to Give Back?

Find projects that match your skills and interest areas

What Other Volunteers are Saying

“Working with Tecnosol was a wonderful experience – they provided me with all the information I needed to write a comprehensive donor letter. Plus it was wonderful to be able to contribute to such an impactful organization.”
Elle Freelance Writer and Agency Copywriter, worked with Tecnosol
“I joined Catchafire because I wanted to give something back to inspirational non-profit organizations and charities, as well as build my portfolio. I have already had the opportunity to work with some amazing people from several organizations. I highly recommend Catchafire to professionals who are interested in getting involved.”
Sharon Freelance Designer, Five Projects Completed

Catchafire is an online platform for virtual, skills-based volunteering. Through Catchafire, professionals are able to directly support causes they care about by helping nonprofits with projects that match their skill sets. And because projects can be completed from anywhere, Catchafire makes it possible for nonprofits and skilled volunteers to connect for good, from all around the world!

Skills-based volunteering is a high impact form of volunteering that allows an individual to donate his or her professional skills and expertise, which in turn allows a nonprofit to build its capacity and focus more efficiently on its mission.

Skilled volunteers help nonprofits fill critical knowledge and staffing gaps, they work as thought partners on strategic projects, and they complete specific projects that require specialized skills, training, or experience. Very often, the relationships between volunteers and nonprofits extend far beyond the scope of the initial project that brought them together.

A specific example of skills-based volunteering is a marketing professional who volunteers to help a nonprofit create a marketing strategy.

We are partnering with Catchafire to provide employees with access to virtual, skills based volunteering opportunities to provide valuable resources and operational support to nonprofit organizations.

The nonprofit will review your application to decide whether they want to move forward with an interview. If so, you will be contacted by Catchafire to schedule the call. Nonprofits are encouraged to decide promptly, but there is no set timeline for when they will reply.

After the interview, you can log into your account dashboard and ACCEPT or PASS on the match. Once both parties accept, you are officially matched and can begin the project. If you need to exchange any materials or have follow-up conversations to determine if it is a good fit after the interview, you are encouraged to do so.

If there are volunteer opportunities available in your region, you'll have the option to filter by location. However, since all Catchafire engagements are meant to be completed virtually, we encourage you to focus on finding projects that best fit your skills & interests, regardless of location.

Yes! All projects have been designed to allow you to work with the nonprofit organization remotely.

Projects vary in length from 1 to 40 hours, depending on the project type. Estimated hours are indicated for each project.

Yes! In fact, we recommend you apply to 2-4 projects at any given time. This will maximize your chances of matching. If you end up being selected for too many projects, you can always withdraw your application before or after you interview with the nonprofit. Once you say yes though, we ask that you honor your commitment to work with the organization.

About This Program

The Philadelphia Foundation is a connector, activator and accelerator for enhancing quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Key Skills Hub seeks to empower talented and skilled volunteers to transform society by connecting individuals to the nonprofits that are effecting change in our city, the region and beyond.

The Philadelphia Foundation has positioned itself to sit at the intersection of Philadelphia’s philanthropic landscape by embracing partnerships that will build the Greater Philadelphia region. In promoting skills-based volunteerism through the Key Skills Hub, The Philadelphia Foundation seeks to bridge the public and private sectors. The best talent that any organization has is its employees and this is what The Philadelphia Foundation leverages from its corporate partners in the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council.

We believe that by bringing skilled volunteers to nonprofits through the Key Skills Hub, we can maximize the impact these organizations are able to make on the communities they serve. You are the talent, and the key to help the regions nonprofits achieve their goals.

Have more questions? Drop us a line.

Email the Catchafire team at help@catchafire.org