September 15, 2010

Catchafire: Connecting nonprofits & professionals

Jane Slusser: Connecting nonprofits & volunteers from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaAt the Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp held Aug. 21 in Berkeley, Calif., I met tons of cool people, but none were more interesting than Jane Slusser, chief service officer of Catchafire.

catchafireCatchafire is a new online marketplace that connects professionals who want to volunteer their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. Nonprofits and social businesses register on the site and tell which projects they need help with.

“People expect a lot more of the volunteer experience now,” says Jane, who came to Catchafire by way of the Obama campaign, where she mobilized volunteers to travel to key states during the primaries.

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Catchafire helps professionals offer their talents for worthy organizations they find an affinity with. Social enterprises can register on the site through the same portal as nonprofits. To prevent against volunteers spinning their wheels, Catchafire makes sure that both nonprofits and social enterprises have skin in the game by having internal resources and staff members dedicated to work on the project.

The start-up held a big event in New York on June 28 for the 50 Project Kickoff with speakers from charity:water,, Pepsi Refresh and other organizations.

While a number of promising Web 2.0 start-ups have launched in the social good space in the past year, Catchafire is one to watch. Continue reading

July 19, 2010

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp coming up Aug. 14

Randi Zuckerberg and Eugenie Harvey at last summer’s Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp.

Guest post by Beth Kanter

It has been a year since I’ve relocated to the Bay Area in California. The summers here are much less humid than on the East Coast, but the real treat is having the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp practically in my backyard. The next btootcamp takes place on August 14 – I wouldn’t miss it.

Last year, I was honored to be a workshop leader at Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Bootcamp, but was even better is that the sessions on the program were really good and I learned a lot. I’ll be doing a session this year on The Networked Nonprofit, but really looking forward to hearing the keynotes as well as the sessions.

This year’s bootcamp is focused on strategies for fostering and building communities with sessions led by incredible people in the field. The one-day schedule is a chance to participate in interactive workshops, meet people who can turn dreams into action, receive expert coaching, and get fired up by stories of successful community transformations. There are also opportunities for private coaching sessions, break-out sessions, and camaraderie with other passionate change-makers – not to mention pre- and post-event meetups.

Lots more information here: Boot Camp website and you can purchase a ticket here. Continue reading