Volunteer your skills to help for-purpose organisations


Give Your Skills For Good

Your skills are valuable. Unfortunately, many for-purpose organisations can't pay for professional services such as copywriting, graphic design, or website development. This type of work is essential to building operational effectiveness, but it is often left on the to-do list whilst organisations focus on their 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 organisational growth, which enables the for-purpose sector to have an even greater impact.

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 for-purpose organisations based on your skills and causes you are passionate about.
2. Apply
Submit your application and resume to let the organisation know you are interested.
3. Match
When you and the organisation 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 organisational challenges, or give feedback.
Work with an organisation to complete critical projects such as graphic design, website development, copywriting, database customisation, and more.

How Do You Want to Give Back?

Find projects that match your skills and interest areas

What Other Volunteers are Saying

“Tracie, Leon and the others I have worked with at AJF and Hatzolah have been great to work with. They are clearly passionate about their work, worked collaboratively and were receptive to feedback. I'm Looking forward to see how our strategic planning work moves forward!”
David K IT Director
“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 for-purpose organisations with projects that match their skill sets. And because projects can be completed from anywhere, Catchafire makes it possible for organisations 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 an organisation to build its capacity and focus more efficiently on its mission.

Skilled volunteers help organisations fill critical knowledge and staffing gaps, they work as thought partners on strategic projects, and they complete specific projects that require specialised skills, training, or experience. Very often, the relationships between volunteers and organisations 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 for-purpose organisation create a marketing strategy.

We are partnering with Catchafire to provide the community with access to virtual, skills based volunteering opportunities to provide valuable resources and operational support to for-purpose organisations.

The organisation 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. Organisations 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 organisation 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 maximise your chances of finding a match. If you end up being selected for too many projects, you can always withdraw your application before or after you interview with the organisation. Once you say yes though, we ask that you honor your commitment to work with the organisation.

About This Program

The Australian Jewish Funders aims to strengthen the Jewish community at both the individual and collective levels, driving impact and innovation in the sector. Our ultimate goal is to help members focus their philanthropic interests into real impact.

Together, Besen Family Foundation, Erdi Foundation, Loti & Victor Smorgon Family Foundation, Spotlight Foundation, Herrman Golan Foundation, Orah Fund, Stanley & Charmaine Roth Foundation together with Shalom have partnered with AJF and Catchafire to provide professionals an opportunity to give of their time and talents through this unique capacity building resource.

“The past 18 months have been very challenging times, in particular for the for-purpose sector. AJF and our network of funders are committed to creating opportunities that inspire, nurture and strengthen Jewish life in Australia. In collaboration with seven strategic donors, we are delighted to announce Catchafire’s first partnership outside of America, enabling a ground-breaking leap forward for Australia’s Jewish for-purpose community. THINK BIG and ACT BOLDLY together."
Simone Szalmuk-Singer and Belinda Bardas,
Co-Chairs, Australian Jewish Funders

Catchafire is the largest, online tool that connects social good organisations with talented professionals looking to donate their skills. This resource provides organisations with expert support in areas like marketing and communications, web development, operations, strategy and more.

Have more questions? Drop us a line.

Email the Catchafire team at [email protected]