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Rachael Chong
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Rachael Chong is Founder & CEO of Catchafire, the nation's leading online pro bono network that connects talent and purpose. Rachael is a social entrepreneur and a visionary leader. Prior to Catchafire, Rachael helped start up BRAC USA by strategically utilizing pro bono talent. Fresh off this success, Rachael founded Catchafire in 2009 with a vision to create a more efficient and effective social good sector, and a world where it is commonplace to serve for the greater good.

Catchafire has been featured in The New York Times, Mashable, NPR, FOX Business, CNN Money, Crain's, Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Daily Candy. In 2012, Rachael received the prestigious NYC Venture Fellowship, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, and was named one of Fast Company’s most 100 creative people in Business 2012.

She has a Masters of Public Policy Degree from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University. Find her on Twitter @catchafire or email rachael [at] catchafire [dot] org.

Entries by Rachael Chong

LinkedIn's Volunteer Marketplace: Half the Battle

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:43 AM

"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the last four years, Catchafire has been connecting talented professionals with opportunities to serve communities...

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Social Change via the Living Room

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Mike de la Rocha, founder of The Living Rooms Across America Tour, talks about the art of cross-sector convening and storytelling to tackle gun violence in the United States.

Inspired by the home meetings of the United Farm Workers in the 1960s and 1970s, musician, writer and cultural activist Mike...

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Moving Everyday Gun Violence Into View

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Mayor Michael Nutter talks about Cities United and preventing gun violence in cities across the United States through cross-sector partnerships.

Second-term Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter is on a mission to get people talking about and actively engaged in preventing everyday gun violence that doesn't make the headlines. In 2011,...

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A New Model for Community Action

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:42 AM

The Sandy Hook Promise nonprofit looks to the local community, technology, and innovation to develop a national movement for preventing gun violence.

Even as a gun owner and hunter, journalist Rob Cox admits that he had never given much thought to gun legislation before December 14, 2012. After landing at...

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What Are We Doing About Gun Violence?

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Part one of a five-part series of interviews with and commentary by leaders working to reduce gun violence in the United States.

Recently, there was the Los Angeles International Airport shooting -- before that, it was the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Aurora movie theater,...

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Generosity: The Lucky Helping Those Less Lucky Than Them

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Looking back at our year of profiles of some of the world's most generous people, the common thread is how lucky everyone felt at their success, and how much they felt obliged to help those who had less luck -- because that easily could be any of us.

This fall,...

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Zipcar's Co-Founder on How Transportation Is the Ultimate Solution

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Robin Chase's career has been built on expanding the options for how people get around. Here's how she's done it.

Robin Chase, founder and CEO of Buzzcar and co-founder of Zipcar, believes everyone should strive to find their highest and best use.

"People should look at themselves and say, 'What...

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What Happens When You Infuse Philanthropy With Tech Entrepreneurial Spirit?

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Steve and Jean Case are finding success with their foundation by doing things a little differently from the rest of the philanthropy world.

High-tech iconoclasts Steve and Jean Case embody the evolving role of technology entrepreneurs in philanthropy. They are bringing the same sensibility they brought to creating AOL to...

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The Cofounder of Wordpress on Using Publishing to Push Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Matt Mullenweg created the open source blogging platform to let anyone share their story on the Internet.

Sometimes the most generous acts come out of offering your work and yourself up to others. That's exactly what Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, did with WordPress, a blogging...

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Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian on the Power of the Internet to Level the Playing Field

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 4:38 PM

"One of the reasons I love the Internet so much, aside from all the cats, is if it works the way it should great ideas can spread and flourish in a way that they couldn't have before."

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Breadpig, is a modern version of the...

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Scott Belsky on Treating the Time You Give Like an Investment

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 8:18 AM

Using your skills and resources to help others is incredibly valuable. And since time is the only thing we can't ever get more of, make sure you're putting it in the right place.

One of the founding tenets of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover...

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The Cofounder of Kayak Is an Entrepreneur So He Can Give More Money Away

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:44 PM

After seeing suffering in Haiti, Paul English decided he needed to help, and so he focused on using his programming skills to create value that he could then pass on.

You'd think it would be easy for Paul English, CTO and Founder of Kayak, an online travel search engine, to...

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How Dan Wieden Is Trying to Create a Diverse Workplace (To Get Diverse Ideas) at His Groundbreaking Ad Agency

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 9:53 AM

One of the founders of Wieden and Kennedy noticed that the faces in his office looked remarkably similar. He's set out to fix that.

At independent advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, the likenesses of every individual employee climb the walls and line the halls of the offices. In the recesses of Portland,...

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Alex Bogusky's Unlikely Journey From Ad Man to Social Entrepreneurship Booster

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Once called the creative director of the decade, Bogusky is now helping shape the message of everyone from Al Gore to budding worldchangers.

Homelessness presented Alex Bogusky, the Crispin Porter + Bogusky co-founder, with an unexpected challenge. The question was not whether or not he would help someone less fortunate...

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How David Droga Creates Advertising That Matters

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 6:34 PM

The man behind Droga5 talks about how he uses the ad world to create markets for important ideas (and to sell stuff, too).

Sometimes the biggest ideas can be the simplest, the smallest and most obvious. For David Droga, founder and creative chairman of Droga5, the notion of give and...

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The Head Of Havas on How Businesses Can Evolve to Do More Good

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 4:06 PM

David Jones is a man who knows how to get a good message out. As the Global CEO of Havas and Havas Worldwide, Jones has made a career out of using creativity to change people's behavior and address some of the bigger issues facing the world. The author of the...

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Bringing the Power of Advertising to Giving Back

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 7:54 AM

Jenifer Willig knows a thing or two about what motivates consumers and companies. She made a career engaging consumers through advertising for nearly 15 years at agencies like M&C Saatchi NY and TBWA/Chiat/Day SF. Thriving on the diverse mix of clients and industries as well as the balance of creative...

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How Do You Develop a Brand Around Doing Good Business?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Lane Wood, veteran of charity:water and Warby Parker, has set out on his own to give advice to companies with social missions.

Lane Wood inspires connections and action. Drawn to helping others through his work with charity: water (a NGO fighting to end the global water crisis) and Warby Parker...

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Using Marketing Expertise to Help Causes in a 24-Hour Blitz

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 5:03 PM

Cathy Monetti is the founder of CreateAthon, where ad agencies take a day off to help nonprofits with their branding and message -- over the course of a single, frenetic day.

Cathy Monetti was in her 20s when she founded Riggs Partners, a creative marketing consulting firm in Columbia, S.C....

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How An Advertising Executive Turned Her Expertise In Selling Things Toward Good

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 3:11 PM

Susan Smith Ellis, the former CEO of (RED), went from a top ad agency to a different sort of marketing job: Getting people to buy products that also gave back.

"I believe in a generosity of spirit, which has nothing to do with financial generosity, a feeling that what goes...

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