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Catchafire Connection

Nonprofit staff members across the country wear many hats to fulfill their mission. Through a partnership with the Fremont Area Community Foundation and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Community Foundation continues to provide access to Catchafire, a virtual capacity-building platform, for local nonprofits.

Catchafire connects nonprofit leaders to a network of professionals who serve as volunteers to help provide subject matter expertise at no cost. Since the start of this program in 2021, this program has provided over 336 hours of project support saving more than $73,634 for participating Mason County nonprofits. Projects included mission, vision, communication needs, logo design services, excel training, website functionality assistance, storytelling, general marketing need, graphic design, and more.

A roundtable was held in October to learn more about the specific impacts Catchafire has had on participating nonprofits. Tara Autrey, the co-founder of Lakeshore Food 4 Kids, shared, “To date, we have completed more than ten projects with Catchafire that otherwise would have cost more than $50,500!”

Lakeshore Food 4 Kids was also a featured user in the West Central Michigan Impact Update newsletter published monthly by Catchafire. Click here to read the issue.

“I recently completed an Excel training project with a volunteer named Mark from St. Louis. As a result, my organization has already been able to create spreadsheets to provide data for grant applications. We now have organized information to share with potential donors. This particular project will save us time in the future and strengthen our ability to acquire the funding we need to continue to feed kids.”

We are proud to say we have been able to help nonprofits thrive, extend their reach, and continue to impact our community.