Change Generation: Rachael Chong and Catchafire Match Volunteers and Nonprofits

In the latest installment of our video series on risk-taking, do-gooding young entrepreneurs, we take a look at Rachael Chong and her startup Catchafire. She grew up all over Asia, witness the poverty there—which brought her to investment banking, to learn the finance skills to fight the poverty. She started Catchafire, which helps people with specific skills find the right places to volunteer at, making matches like an "eHarmony for professionals and nonprofits."

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About Rachael Chong: 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 U.S. affiliate of BRAC, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world. She has a Masters of Public Policy Degree from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University.

About Catchafire: Catchafire matches professionals who want to volunteer their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. The site matches volunteers and organizations based on a variety of characteristics including skills, cause interests, and time availability. Catchafire also help organizations identify their needs as short-term, discrete, and individual-based projects. Projects are structured in this way to make it easy for professionals to find time to volunteer in the midst of their busy daily lives.

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