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The secret to the most impactful CSR programs
Business Case for Service

The secret to the most impactful CSR programs

Last week we explored how MTV executed their skills-based volunteer experience but we saved the most important component for its own dedicated newsletter. The secret to MTV’s success is passionate and impact-driven leadership. Since being hired to spearhead MTV’s Pro-Social Department, Stephen Friedman (MTV’s current president) solidified the brand’s dedication to […]

Using design thinking to solve social problems
Nonprofits / Volunteers

Using design thinking to solve social problems

This is the first piece in our five part series highlighting leadership advice from select social entrepreneurs in the Catchafire Community. This week marks the launch of Catchafire’s Leadership Series. We’ve selected an amazing group of social entrepreneurs from our community who have helpful advice to share. Today, John Peterson, […]

MTV’s Powerful Skills-Based Volunteer Makeover
Business Case for Service

MTV’s Powerful Skills-Based Volunteer Makeover

“I’ve seen the staff in the elevator after they’ve spent time on this project and they feel like they’ve won the lottery,” MTV President, Stephen Friedman, observed upon completing the MTV + Catchafire nonprofit makeover. Using MTV’s superpowers for good is nothing new, as it’s been part of the company’s DNA since […]

Maximizing your volunteer’s experience
Nonprofits

Maximizing your volunteer’s experience

This post is adapted from VolunteerMark’s blog. VolunteerMark is a platform that uses communication, tracking and management tools to help volunteers and nonprofits stay in contact with each other and makes both the traditional and skills-based volunteering experience easier even after the match has been made. What experiences do volunteers […]

Presenting B Corp’s Best for the World
Catchafire Updates

Presenting B Corp’s Best for the World

Today B Lab unveiled the 2014 Best Businesses for Communities list. We are excited to be recognized as one of the 85 companies with the highest community impact! Our dedication to providing transformational volunteer experiences and helping nonprofits solve their biggest challenges is only one part of this recognition. In […]

How to provide your team with life-changing volunteer experiences
Business Case for Service

How to provide your team with life-changing volunteer experiences

Empowering employees to reach their full potential requires a challenge they won’t find sitting behind their desk. In 2009, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) made a strategic decision to increase their commitment to solving some of the world’s toughest health challenges. Integrating philanthropic goals with employee learning and development priorities, GSK crafted an […]

Growing an organization with limited resources
Nonprofits

Growing an organization with limited resources

The most successful social entrepreneurs know that, “innovation is not just about creating something new; it also applies to making old things work better.” Learning to be a resourceful leader and make the most of what you have to work with is crucial to your organization’s success, especially if you’re […]

Leveraging curiosity as a leader
Nonprofits

Leveraging curiosity as a leader

As part of our Leadership Series, seasoned Catchafire Professional, Sylvana shares her advice about how to become a stronger leader. Sylvana is a cross cultural strategist with ten years of experience in launching brand new initiatives and troubleshooting existing ones.  One of the most valuable assets a leader can possess […]

Creating an irresistible employee volunteer program
Business Case for Service / Uncategorized

Creating an irresistible employee volunteer program

According to CECP, only 30% of employees in Fortune 500 companies volunteered just one hour of their time in 2012. This is strong evidence that just having a volunteer program is hardly enough. Fast Company recently featured The Advisory Board, a company that effectively combated low volunteer participation. The Advisory […]

There are leaders and there are those who lead
Nonprofits

There are leaders and there are those who lead

In honor of the July 4th holiday, we’re exploring some of the defining characteristics that embody some of America’s most famous leaders. In the third most watched TED talk of all time, Simon Sinek unearths how great leaders from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Steve Jobs inspire action by prioritizing […]