In 2019, as part of our commitment to increasing the capacity of nonprofits in Southern Arizona, CFSA granted Catchafire memberships to 100 local nonprofit organizations. A Catchafire membership offers significant operational support through a cadre of skilled virtual volunteers. From building a new website to video production, HR policy review to social media strategy development, there are over 160 projects available to nonprofits through Catchafire.
In our first year, CFSA grantees have completed more than $1.6 million in projects through their Catchafire memberships, representing 8,052 volunteer hours and 414 individual projects.
This year, as a part of CFSA’s long-term COVID-19 recovery strategy, we are expanding our Catchafire Program to offer year-long memberships to 500 nonprofits in Southern Arizona. To increase the reach of this effective program, we have partnered with other regional funders, including Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise, Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Vitalyst Health Foundation, Tucson Foundations and Thomas R. Brown Foundation.
What is Catchafire?
Catchafire is an online, volunteer-matching platform that matches your organization with professional, virtual volunteers to help complete the projects most critical for your organization’s success. Their community of vetted volunteers offer assistance with over 160 types of capacity-building projects, ranging from short-term graphic design projects like creating a new brochure to long-term initiatives such as leadership coaching and strategic planning.
As a for-purpose social enterprise and certified B-Corp, Catchafire is committed to helping organizations complete important work, thereby strengthening organizational capacity and helping changemakers achieve their goals.
If you are selected for a membership, you will also receive in-depth training, webinar support, and tech support throughout the process to maximize your membership. Each one year membership is paid for in full by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its funding partners.
Watch the video below to learn how other nonprofits have utilized the Catchafire platform to increase their impact.
How do I apply?
CFSA will be granting one-year memberships to 500 nonprofits in southern Arizona. If your organization is interested in applying for a fully-funded, year-long membership, we ask that you complete a short online form through Common Grant Application. This short form should take 20 or less minutes to complete. The form will open on July 20, 2020 and the completed form is due August 14, 2020 at 5 pm.
First-time users of Common Grant Application: click here. If you have already applied for a grant using Common Grant Application you should have an account. Returning users click here.
We ask that if you are not serious about utilizing this membership, please do not apply. Memberships are not transferable and the fee is paid by CFSA and its funding partners, regardless of your use. Please note, if your organization is selected for a 2020-21 membership and does not utilize the Catchafire during the program year, you will not be eligible to receive this capacity building opportunity in the future.
Granted memberships are valid until July 21, 2021, and your organization will be able to post and complete as many projects as you wish during that time frame.
What if I have a CFSA-sponsored membership currently?
If your organization was granted a license during the 2019-2020 program year and you are in good standing, you will be automatically renewed for a second year! Staff will contact you to complete the renewal process if you are eligible. In the meantime, you will see no interruption in your membership.
What if another foundation is sponsoring my participation?
CFSA is collaborating with other local funders this is year to expand the program. If another funder has contacted you in regard to receiving a Catchafire license, we ask that you please apply through the online portal and select the funder who sponsored you when prompted.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
- One application will be accepted per organization.
- The applicant must be a 501(c)3 in good standing conducting charitable work in southern Arizona directly benefiting southern Arizona, defined as the portion of the State located south of the Gila River. We welcome applicants from the Foundation’s entire service area including Tucson, Yuma, Safford, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Nogales, and other Southern Arizona communities.
- Grants are not made to individuals, for-profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, construction, or renovation (minor capital improvements required to implement programs are allowable), agency endowments, debt reduction, individual schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or pure sports teams.
- One of our guiding principles is to honor the rich diversity of our community and to promote equal opportunities for all people. Awards made by the Foundation’s various grant panels support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities or delivery of programs and services on the basis of Race, Religion, Gender or Gender Identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), Gender Expression, Sexual orientation, Age, Ancestry, Citizenship, Ethnicity, Familial Status, Socioeconomic Status (economic circumstances), Color, Creed, Sex (including pregnancy), Phases of Parenthood, National Origin, Marital Status, Veteran Status (past, current or prospective service in the armed forces), Genetic Information, Physical Characteristics or Appearance, Mental or Physical Disability, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.
Important Dates for 2020-2021 Grant Round
- July 20, 2020 – Online Form Opens
- August 14, 2020 – Online Form Due by 5 pm
- August 20-27, 2020 – CFSA will notify organizations about granted memberships
- August 27, 2020 – Organization must confirm interest
- Week of September 29, 2020 – Memberships will become available
- October 2020 – In-person and online training begins
- Ongoing Program Activities – September 2020 through July 2021