We typically see projects and calls receive their first applications 1 week after they've been posted, but since the process is dependent on professionals opting in and applying, sometimes it can take a bit longer than expected. Here are a few things you can do to accelerate your matching timeline:
1. Proofread your post.
Check your post for any typos, or areas where you can further clarify what you're looking for to prospective volunteers. We've found that high quality posts lead to high quality volunteers. Conversely, volunteers tend to pass on projects and calls that look like they were posted haphazardly.
Tip: Schedule a call with a Catchafire Nonprofit Advisor for specific feedback and assistance on your post.
2. Request a Volunteer
Try our Request A Volunteer feature to review a list of prequalified volunteers and directly invite them to apply to your project. To get started, click on "Request Volunteers" within your Catchafire dashboard.
3. Share your post on social media.
It's possible that one of your existing supporters has the skills you're looking for, and would be more likely to volunteer after viewing a well articulated, fully-scoped Catchafire post. Share links to your projects on your organization's social media pages to connect with these prospective volunteers. You can access the link to your specific project by going to your Catchafire dashboard and clicking on the name of the one you'd like to promote.
4. Spruce up your Catchafire profile.
Volunteers are more likely to apply to work for organizations with completed Catchafire profiles. This includes:
- Uploading your logo
- Uploading a compelling cover photo
- Filling in your mission statement
- Adding a link to your website (if available)
You'll also want to ensure that your personal profile is filled in with a profile picture and biography, so volunteers can get to know the person behind the project they'll be working on.
Have you taken all these steps, but still haven't received applications?