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Catchafire Expands to Chapel Hill - Carrboro!


Catchafire, the nation’s largest online pro bono service marketplace, is expanding to Chapel Hill - Carrboro as part of its launch to the Triangle after New York City and Boston. 

Catchafire began its launch in North Carolina in May 2012. In just a few months they’ve been embraced by the remarkable social good community in the Triangle region, facilitated the matches of talented professionals with remarkable organizations, signed on for the Triangle’s Battle of the Bands, and been introduced to the delights of homemade pimento cheese and North Carolina BBQ. Founder and CEO Rachael Chong says, “Having developed Catchafire while a graduate public policy student at Duke’s Sanford School I’m very excited to be bringing Catchafire to the Triangle.”

Catchafire’s 13 Founding Members for Chapel Hill - Carrborowere announced on September 4th. These local leaders have been nominated by their peers for their leadership, vision and dedication to the community. They will serve as Catchafire’s ambassadors as Catchafire continues to expand in North Carolina.

The launch will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 11, 6-8 PM with food, drink and an introduction of the 13 Founding Members at Tuesday, September 11, 6-8 PM at Frank Gallery, 109 East Franklin Street. Interested attendees should RSVP here

Catchafire’s mission is to provide talented individuals with meaningful pro bono experiences in order to build capacity for social good organizations. Their web-based platform matches professionals who want to volunteer their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need them in areas such as marketing, PR and communications, social media, multimedia, design, strategy, finance and technology. Through Catchafire, for the first time, social good organizations can access professional services at rates that they can afford. Catchafire has grown quickly building a rapidly growing network of nearly 10,000 professionals and 2,000 social good organization clients. Their rapid growth and success has catalyzed a movement of pro bono nationwide. Learn more:

Catchafire has appeared on Forbes, Fast Company, NPR, CNN Money, FOX Business, Crain's, TechCrunch, Mashable, Daily Candy, and, among others.

I've had the pleasure of meeting with  - and talking the ears off of - Adrienne, Rachel, and Jen at Catchafire! As someone who's entire career has been in nonprofits, I understand how incredibly valuable professional services are to an organization that  operates on the premise that the title of 'Executive Director' often translates into 'Expert of Everything, Master of None'!  

Chapel Hill and Carrboro will benefit greatly from Catchafire's expansion to our community. I look forward to continuing to work with them, especially as we get ready to launch our incubator downtown.

~ Meg 

Meg McGurk is the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. She too is an expert in everything, and master of none.