How To Make People Enjoy Volunteering
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.
Works as a credit derivatives sales analyst at Goldman Sachs
Graduates magna cum laude from Barnard College with a double major in economics and political science
Works as an investment banker at UBS
Receives masters degree in public policy at Duke University
Begins contributing to the Huffington Post
Builds out Catchafire database to include 2,500 nonprofits and 10,000 volunteers
Photograph by Dorothy Hong; Infographic by Brian Rea
A version of this article appears in the June 2012 issue of Fast Company.