MassMutual Foundation's Catchafire Program

Volunteer your skills to strengthen nonprofits


Give Your Skills For Good

Your skills are valuable. Unfortunately, many nonprofit organizations can't pay for professional services such as copywriting, graphic design, project management, or website, budget and database development. This type of work is essential to building operational effectiveness, but it is often left on the to-do list while the nonprofit focuses on its critical mission work.

That's where you come in. By volunteering for a project, or even just getting on a phone call to provide advice, you are giving so much more than your time. You are supporting organizational growth, which enables nonprofits to have an even greater social good impact.

Gary matched with Teresa from Multicultural Spanish Speaking Providers Association for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Alison matched with Treasure from Last Mile Education Fund for a Presentation Template Creation project!

Jayasree matched with George from Lights Back On Inc. for a Professional Bio Writing project!

Jason from Dare 2 Share Ministries listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.

Gina matched with Jason from Dare 2 Share Ministries for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Dawn from Akiptan listed a Marketing Materials consultation call.

Prital matched with Dennis from Gateway Festival Orchestra for a Visual Branding consultation call!

Becky from Sixty and Better listed a Marketing Strategy consultation call.

Taylor from Adjoin listed a Search Engine Keyword Research project.

Ashley from Latched Support listed a Presentation Creation project.

Tatiana matched with Kelsey from HOME WORKS! for a Data Visualization project!

Joanna from Miami Arts Commission listed a New Employee Onboarding project.

Lucia matched with Rachel from Oakland Starting Smart and Strong for a Translation project!

Torrey from St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative listed a Talent Recruitment consultation call.

Fatima from Asian American Lead listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.

Zach from Lori's Hands listed a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Roger from Chitown Champions listed a Website Audit project.

Huilan matched with Rachel from Oakland Starting Smart and Strong for a Translation project!

Michael from California Greenworks, Inc. listed a Marketing Strategy Consultation project.

Matthew R. matched with Judy from Heroes to Heroes Foundation for an Artificial Intelligence consultation call!

Danielle matched with Priscilla from New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children for a Translation project!

Brian matched with Dolly from Domestic Violence Center of Chester County for an Organizational Strategy consultation call!

Sallie from Homeward Bound of Marin listed a Visual Branding consultation call.

Natasha matched with Rachel from Navigate Schools STL for a Website Usability Audit project!

Produce Rx from DC Greens listed a Translation project.

Tom from Aspire Institute Inc listed a Tech Systems consultation call.

Produce Rx from DC Greens listed a Translation project.

Produce Rx from DC Greens listed a Translation project.

Sallie from Homeward Bound of Marin listed a Print Materials Design project.

Mike matched with Patricia from Florida Family Child Care Home Association for a Tech Systems consultation call!

Silvana matched with Pamela from Alianza DV Services for an Organizational Chart Creation project!

Nico matched with Elizabeth from Youth Apostles Institute for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project!

Lori from Habitat for Humanity of South Central New Jersey listed a Change Management Coaching project.

Michelle matched with Aishah from Strange Incorporated for a Process Assessment project!

Bob matched with Laura from Homes Not Borders Inc. for a Leadership Coaching project!

Dan from Methodist Training & Outreach Center listed a Website consultation call.

Jean-Noel matched with Dan from Methodist Training & Outreach Center for a Website consultation call!

Susan matched with Sharon from Project Angel Fares for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!

Michael from Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety listed an Online Research project.

Daniel T. matched with Nicole from Heart & Soul Fitness for a Social Media Content Calendar project!

Aina matched with Rachel from Navigate Schools STL for a Website Usability Audit project!

Patricia from The Brain Injury Foundation of St. Louis listed an Event Logistics Planning project.

Kristall from Project:Camp listed a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project.

Shannon from River Legacy Foundation listed a Membership Strategy project.

Melissa from Impact Life listed an Organizational Strategy consultation call.

Melissa from Impact Life listed a Tech Systems consultation call.

Sangeeta from In The Streets listed a Website Image Sourcing project.

Matthew from DC127 INC. listed a Fundraising Plan Assessment project.

Juan matched with Savannah from Foster the Family for a Customer Database (CRM) Set Up project!

Sarah matched with Ashley from GIRL NOW WOMAN LATER INC for a Press Release project!

How It Works

Support a cause you care about by volunteering for a project or consultation call. With over 150 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
Get on the phone with a nonprofit to help answer burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges, or give feedback.
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

“We, at Harborlight Community Partners, are incredibly impressed by the work done by Jason. This is our first completed Catchafire project and the quality of work was professional, prompt, and exactly what we needed. We are so grateful!”
Deanna Community Relations & HR Coordinator, Harborlight Community Partners
“Catchafire has been amazing. I’ve posted things on different volunteer boards in the past and it hasn’t worked. But here we have worked with such high caliber people who are giving some great insights & strategic help.”
Alison Inclusive Futures, Young Global Leaders

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 individuals to donate their 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 our talented employees with the opportunity to directly support nonprofit organizations through volunteering their professional skills and experience. We believe that skills-based volunteering is a high impact way for professionals to give back to their communities and have a positive social impact for the causes they are passionate about.

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 50 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, we ask that you honor your commitment to work with the organization.

Catchafire is committed to making sure everyone who wants to volunteer their skills can do so. If you are having trouble finding a project that fits, feel free to contact Catchafire at [email protected] for help.

This is a company-sponsored volunteer activity. For that reason, if your manager approves your
participation, you do not need to use VTO for volunteer activity that takes place during non-
overtime business hours. For more information about VTO, read the policy.

Given the time commitment needed to participate in any skills-based volunteer opportunity, talk
to your manager before starting any project. Opportunities may take a few hours per week for
weeks at a time. If you intend to volunteer during business hours, have a conversation with your
manager about scheduling time in a way that allows business needs to be met.

Yes! Be sure to track your hours in the Community Impact Portal to ensure that $25 for each hour volunteered goes to the eligible nonprofit organization - up to $1,500 per employee annually.

Please note that many of the nonprofit organizations included in the Catchafire platform are international organizations. Currently, international nonprofit organizations (i.e., those domiciled outside of the U.S.) are not eligible for the matching time program per the eligibility guidelines linked above.

We do not have a process in place for employees to recommend nonprofit organizations
currently but hope to in the future.

About this Program

The MassMutual Foundation has partnered with Catchafire in this program to connect our talented colleagues with nonprofit organizations. This resource provides nonprofits with professional support for over 120+ different types of projects in areas like marketing, web, budget and database development, operations, and strategy. It also gives our employees the opportunity to give back to the community and use their many skills for good.

The MassMutual Foundation activates connections and untapped opportunities within communities so that all families can build their financial capability and thrive. In support of this mission, the Foundation builds partnerships and collaborates with like-minded organizations and institutions that share our vision for building thriving communities. Our ability to support the development of social and financial capital based on our business expertise and resources is central to this very important work.

Have more questions? Drop us a line.

Email the Catchafire team at [email protected]