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Catchafire: Kindle Your Passion To Help Through Pro Bono Volunteering

2 Feb

This piece originally appears in The Huffington Post

Social Good and Technology Devotee; Director SEO/SEM/SMO at Cleveland.com

Social Good Stars: @Catchafire’s Rachael Chong on How Pro-Bono Changes the World – And You

“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.” ― Woodrow Wilson

A few years back I was introduced to Catchafire, and it has become a favorite organization. Rachael Chong is Founder & CEO of Catchafire, the nation’s leading online pro bono network that connects talent and purpose. Rachael is a social entrepreneur, visionary leader, and evangelist of all the ways project-based volunteering benefits the world, and the people who do it. Prior to Catchafire, Rachael helped start up BRAC USA by strategically utilizing pro bono talent. From this success, Rachael founded Catchafire in 2009 with a vision to create a more efficient and effective social good sector, and a world where it is commonplace to serve for the greater good.

In 2012, Rachael received the prestigious NYC Venture Fellowship, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. She also writes a new series about generosity.

Rachael shared her thoughts on pro bono work, and why everyone has the power to help create positive change.
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Rachael Chong, Founder of Catchafire. Photo courtesy of Catchafire
You’ve explained Catchafire as a marketplace for talented people to share skills and passion for good. Can you talk about the goals behind Catchafire?

There are two main priorities. First, to create a more efficient and effective social good sector by leveraging best practices from business and sharing knowledge. Second, to create a movement of socially-conscious leaders who are empowered to be change agents, catalysts for meaningful, impactful change.

What inspired your new Generosity series for Fast Company?

The genesis for the series, which so far has highlighted the 10 Most Generous Social Media Mavens andThe 11 Most Generous Designers, was to show that giving is accessible, a day-to-day way of life that anyone can incorporate. By highlighting how successful people are already turning good intentions into actions, it’s easy to relate to their stories. It’s a humanized way of looking at giving and generosity that is practical and doable.
How does Catchafire work?

It’s skills-based volunteer matching. When someone goes onto Catchafire.org, it’s as easy as connecting your LinkedIn profile (or answering a few quick questions.) Then we work the magic behind the scenes to present opportunities you may be interested in to you through email, for you to peruse at your leisure. It’s along the same lines of Match.com or eHarmony, but for voluntering opportunities you’ll enjoy, based on your experience and skills.

Catchafire is all upside. It helps with professional development, and can leverage secondary skills you have but may not use in your daily job (think not only of business skills you use on the job, but also hobbies like photography, writing, film making, marketing and PR, etc.) It can be very rewarding to use a skill around a passion to do good in the world.

The amount of time and level of involvement is up to you and there are options that can fit into almost any schedule. And pro-bono work can give you experience in leadership, project management, sales, creative thinking, and other important management skills.

Everyone already has skills they can use to create positive change in the world, and no one should feel like they’re not “experienced enough” to try pro-bono work. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to create deeper experience, and give back in the process!

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Learn more about Catchafire and how you can get involved in pro bono work. Video courtesy of Catchafire

You can learn more at Catchafire.org, friend them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @Catchafire.

Amy Neumann is a passionate fan of social good and is dedicated to leveraging technology to change the world. Check out her Charity Ideas Blog and follow her on Twitter @CharityIdeas.

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From @TheTop10Blog: 24 Powerful Voices for Social Good on Twitter

22 Oct

This article originally appears on fantastic blog I love to read, Tony HastingsThe Top 10 Blog.

A big thanks to Tony for the kind surprise of adding me to the list!

24 Powerful Voices For Social Good On Twitter

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

There is no doubt that Twitter has changed the world and the way we communicate in so many ways and one of the most amazing benefits has been the way in which it has been used to spread the word about social good causes.

Good people across the world have harnessed the power of Twitter to promote causes dear to their hearts both large and small, local, national and international. Although it would be difficult to measure the effect of this there can be no doubt that the combined impact of all those individual Tweets has had a massive impact.

I wanted to celebrate this phenomenon by drawing up a compilation of many of the powerful voices who help to contribute to this force for Social Good in the world. The names are in no particular order, please click on the image to pay them a visit.

Katya Andresen – @katyaN4G

Sean Gardner  – @2morrowknight

#socialgood

Claire Diaz-Ortiz – @Claire

AnnTran – @AnnTran_

Rev Andy Bales – @abales

Scott Harrison – @scottharrison

charitywater

Alyssa Milano – @Alyssa_Milano

Alyssa Milano

Carol Hink – @CarolHink

Heather Robinson –  @MrsRobinsonNJ

Amanda Hite – @sexythinker

Mark Horvath – @hardlynormal

Meg Garlinghouse – @megarling

Beth Kanter – @kanter

Shaun King – @ShaunKing

See the full list and read the rest of the article at The Top 10 Blog here.

Social Media for Social Good :: Your Nonprofit Tech Checklist – @NonProfitOrgs #socialgood

7 Jun

I ran across this post and just had to share it!  The original post can be found here, on the NonProfitOrgs blog. Follow them @NonprofitOrgs for more fantastic tips and ideas!

Original article:

February 8, 2012

At the end of the Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits is a nine-page “Nonprofit Tech Checklist” which I have copied and pasted below. Each item on the list is discussed in the book and some items won’t make sense unless you have read the book, but most will. I hope you find it useful. That was my number one priority when writing the book… to create a comprehensive, useful social and mobile media how-to guide for nonprofits. Oh, and the book tour thus far has raised more than $14,000 for nonprofits. The IRS is still trying to wrap it’s head around that one… a book tour fundraiser. :)

Getting Started: Organization and Planning

  • Subscribe to, like, and follow large organizations with a mission that is similar to yours.
  • Subscribe to social media and mobile technology blogs.
  • Define your goals and objectives.
  • Get the necessary training (HTML, digital photography, video, social media, and mobile technology).
  • Create a master login sheet.
  • Define metrics of measurement and create a social media ROI spreadsheet.
  • Create a Google account.
  • Sign up for Google Alerts.
  • Experiment with social media dashboards.
  • Write social media and mobile technology policies.
  • Hire a graphic designer to design a square avatar(s).
  • Purchase a smartphone and/or tablet.
  • Purchase a digital camera.
  • Purchase a pocket camcorder.
  • Create an e-mail signature that includes your website, blog, and social networking links.

Read the rest of the original article to get the whole checklist HERE!

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