Rachael Chong runs what amounts to an eHarmony for not-for-profits–a service matching volunteers with charities, built with the help of former Hulu and Etsy engineers. It was based on this observation:
“If you’re a banker or designer and your volunteer experience involves painting a house instead of applying your talents, you probably don’t feel your time was well spent,” says Chong, a former investment banker at UBS and a regular volunteer. Her site now matches nearly 2,500 not-for-profits and 10,000 “pro bono professionals.” One of the keys to those happy marriages: Not-for-profits pay Catchafire a fee, creating an incentive to make good assignments. “You need skin in the game,” says Chong.