(May 28, 2019) The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Catchafire to bring capacity building support to more than 100 nonprofits in the D.C. metropolitan area. Through this partnership, select grantees will have access to virtual, skills-based volunteers, empowering them to further their missions related to building a brighter future in the arts and humanities, community services, education, health and the environment.
According to Tobi Printz-Platnick, Associate Director, “The Foundation is excited to be able to offer the Catchafire platform to some of our grantees. The volunteers leveraged through Catchafire will help small nonprofits strengthen their infrastructure, build their capacity and allow staff to focus on achieving their organization’s programmatic goals.”
“Catchafire is thrilled to expand our work into Washington D.C. through a partnership with The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, a leader in transforming the well-being of their community. Our partnership will help nonprofits strengthen their teams, operations, and missions. By tapping into pro bono professionals passionate to donate their talent to make an impact on the D.C. community, we will be helping to activate the next generation of civic minded leaders,” says Kathy Brady, Catchafire’s COO.
Through Catchafire’s innovative web-based platform and robust programming, nonprofits have access to a network of more than 10 million professionals with expert skills who can help them with operational needs such as developing a website, building a strategic plan, designing a brochure, professional development, and other areas of critical work.
Nonprofits are able to post their immediate needs choosing from over 100 pre-scoped projects. Talented pro bono professionals are then able to apply to these projects and through these engagements, become more deeply connected to the mission of these nonprofits, often creating relationships that last long after the work is complete.
Grantees who are selected to be part of the program will be learning more about how to take advantage of this resource soon.
About The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s. An outstanding civic leader known for his generosity, Morris Cafritz established the Foundation in 1948. His wife, Gwendolyn, one of Washington’s leading hostesses in the post-World War II years, was President of the Foundation from 1964 to 1988. In December 1988, Calvin Cafritz was elected to the Board of Directors of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and since February 1989, has served as Board Chairman. In July 1993, he was elected President and CEO of the Foundation.
Since 1970, when electronic record keeping was initiated, awards totaling more than $447 million have been granted. In the last 10 years, $185 million has been awarded to more than 961 organizations in the areas of Community Services, Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and the Environment. Since Mr. Cafritz's leadership began, the Foundation has awarded more than $393 million to 8,736 projects.
The Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of the Washington, DC area.
Catchafire is a full service, on-demand solution designed to address the wide-ranging and complex needs of nonprofits by connecting them with talented pro bono professionals. Through Catchafire’s innovative web-based platform and network of more than 10 million professionals, nonprofits have access to people with expert skills who can help them with operational needs such as developing a website, building a strategic plan, designing a brochure, professional development, and other areas of critical work. Catchafire’s scalable and cost-effective model makes it possible for grantmakers to provide a full suite of capacity building services to any nonprofit that the foundation seeks to serve. Catchafire and its foundation partners are not only helping nonprofits improve their capacity, sustainability, and effectiveness, but also leveling the playing field by making capacity building available to any nonprofit or changemaker.