Catchafire is a startup social mission business aiming to improve the quality of the volunteer experience and build capacity for social good organizations by providing talented individuals with meaningful pro bono opportunities. Since it's launch in 2009, Catchafire has rapidly built a network of nearly 2,000 social good organizations and 10,000 professionals all across the United States. Catchafire was selected as the 2012 New York Venture Fellow and named #1 in Huffington Post's Innovators Series, and has appeared on New York Times, Mashable, NPR, FOX Business, CNN Money, Catchafire, Crain's, Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Daily Candy, and Change.org among others.
For Catchafire, choosing to be a for-profit social mission company was a deliberate decision. In this class, you will take a close look at Catchafire's journey as a social business and learn how a for-profit enterprise can effect massive social change through its innovative business model.
Class Format: Short lecture followed by Q&A
407 Broome St #5A
New York , NY
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDTAdd to Cal
Rachael Chong won't rest until every professional can volunteer their skills and every nonprofit has access to skilled volunteers. As an investment banker, Rachael was shocked by the lack of opportunities for her to volunteer her professional skills. Frustrated by her inability to serve the greater good while keeping her day job, Rachael left corporate finance to work in microfinance. A year later, Rachael helped start-up BRAC USA, the US affiliate of BRAC, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world. At BRAC USA, Rachael created a strategy to effectively mobilize dozens of skills-based volunteers that freed up her and the President & CEO's time to raise $40 million in less than nine months. Rachael also pioneered a program that brought eleven Duke students to the rural Bangladeshi countryside for three months of story collecting. She has a Masters of Public Policy Degree from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University. Born in Australia, Rachael grew up all over Asia. She writes for the Huffington Post.