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Jan 14th, 2019

Meet CASA Youth Advocates in Delaware & Chester Counties, PA

Philadelphia is advancing community philanthropy.

Deepa Prasad
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In 2017, we launched our partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) and have since met hundreds of incredible nonprofits from Greater Philadelphia, including Anne Shenberger and Leigh Anne McKelvey from CASA Youth Advocates.

At Catchafire, we are committed to connecting social good organizations like CASA with skill-based volunteers, ultimately meaning the CASA team can better deliver on their mission while our network of virtual volunteers take on short-term projects like branding, research, and technology — projects CASA otherwise might not have the capacity or budget to do so.

We’ve been fortunate to get a glimpse into their broader work as Court Appointed Special Advocates and what it has meant to them to have Catchafire serve as an extension of their team.

CASA has been in Delaware County since 1992. They recruit, train, and support volunteers from the community to serve as advocates for children in the child welfare system because of abuse and neglect.

“The hope for our volunteers is that they become the most consistent person in the child’s life during their journey through the child welfare system.” — Leigh Anne McKelvey, Executive Director at CASA Youth Advocates

If you’d like to learn more about our continued partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation, we recently sat down with Pedro Ramos, President and CEO, and Phillip Fitzgerald, Director of Grantmaking, who have a clear vision for what they and their community of nonprofits will do in Philadelphia.

Nonprofits can register quickly and easily — courtesy of The Philadelphia Foundation — to match with skilled volunteers on projects and consultation calls at

“We exist to improve the quality of life of the people in our area. We do that through growing effective community philanthropy, helping nonprofit organizations get stronger, and through community leadership.” — Pedro Ramos, President and CEO at The Philadelphia Foundation

Visit to learn more about our community of nonprofits, our network of virtual volunteers and how together we can increase the capacity for small organizations.

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