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Universalgiving™

Rating: 4.86 stars   139 reviews 9,873

Nonprofit Issues:

International, Philanthropy

Address:

901 Mission Street Suite 205 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission:

UniversalGiving™ is a web-based marketplace that helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world.

Target demographics:

We have opportunities to give or volunteer with a wide variety of causes, like children, the environment, women’s rights, conflict resolution.   What’s your cause?  Visit us, and we’ll help you help the cause you care about.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We offer more than a thousand ways to give and volunteer internationally.

Geographic areas served:

Global--our opportunities are in more than 100 countries.

Programs:

Visitors to our site can give to organizations, select projects to donate to, or choose a gift package--an opportunity to give to a cause as a gift for a loved one. You can also give someone a gift certificate, so they can choose their own cause. If you want to get on the ground with a cause, we have hundreds of opportunities to volunteer too!

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415-296-9193
www.universalgiving.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

UniversalGiving (UG) is a wonderful place to gain valuable nonprofit experience. This past summer, I had the opportunity to serve as a UG Ambassador remotely. Despite not working in the office environment, I learned about managing social media within a nonprofit and creating partnerships between organizations. Additionally, I was still in constant contact with my mentor and the CEO. The staff is truly passionate about their employees and positive social change through volunteering and corporate social responsibility.

There are so many opportunities to get involved with UG. They offer internships where you can work with Fortune 500 companies, social media, or NGO services—to name a few. And, like me, you can also work remotely to promote the opportunities UG offers. If you prefer just to volunteer, you can choose from a wide range of vetted international opportunities based on your interests. You can always count on UG to offer effective and beneficial programs on their website. Thank you UG for such an enriching experience!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

UniversalGiving is an incredible organization which gives you lots of hand-on experiences as well as understanding of problems all over the world. People working for there are so nice and passionate about making impacts on this world. I'm really happy to be a part of this team.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering with UniversalGiving has been one of the best experiences of my life. Truly an organization that welcomes new ideas, collaboration across the globe, and supports ambassadors and volunteers to elevate individualized interests and talent.

I have absolute confidence that any person who is motivated to be part of philanthropy, should keep their eyes and ears open for UniversalGiving. The work Pamela Hawley and her entire team has been able to accomplish is measurable and idealistic. Such leadership cannot be modeled greater than Pamela's unbelievable ability to: sense the needs of others, fill doubt with optimism by developing pragmatic goals, and achieving great heights. As Pamela always says with such warmth and truth, "onwards and upwards and with joy".

I encourage everyone to learn more about UniversalGiving to get involved.

I motivate anyone who is interested in taking one step further into philanthropy, to volunteer with UniversalGiving today.

Friendly note: I have lived in Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now in Seattle. Through this entire transformational period, both professional and personal, I was able to virtually volunteer with UniversalGiving. There is always a way! And I am incredibly thankful to have UniversalGiving part of my path and hopeful future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My returnship at UniversalGiving was a daily pleasure. I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend my days with the brilliant and dedicated UG team. They not only taught me the new skills I needed to successfully transition into a non-profit career but, more importantly, they taught me how to approach the work with intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. I will carry these gifts with me to all my future work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

By having an internship at UniversalGiving, I've learned new skills and advanced myself as a professional. In combination with this, I have helped the world through UniversalGiving's vetting model that has allowed me to market the best NGO's out there. During my three month internship, I've grown and gained more ownership and responsibility for different projects in my business unit. To anyone looking for an internship where you are allowed to grow... Look no further than UniversalGiving!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently a student at Northwestern and worked for UniversalGiving the summer after my freshman year. I could not recommend it enough! The experience I had working with the Corporate Social Responsibility team has been so valuable to me. I learned important skills in forming and maintaining client relationships, while working along side a team of motivated and motivating individuals. I even had the opportunity to work directly with the CEO and learn from her vast experience. She has continued to mentor me to this day and has been an incredible resource for my career development.

UniversalGiving provided me the learning environment that I needed to jump start my college internship experience and has continued to give me valuable connections that I continue to treasure today!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a current employee at UniversalGiving, and am constantly impressed by the organization and the people that work to support it; each employee at UniversalGiving cares deeply about upholding the mission of our organization and the vision of its founder, Pamela. I believe that UG will continue to have a positive social and environmental impact on the world for years to come.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm an internship student here.
To work here, I can feel UniversalGiving have high passion about their job and create connection for each other. Also, everyone works closely in the office.
I love this mission, to connect people to quality giving and volunteer opportunities worldwide. They not only make giving and volunteer opportunities but with quality in the world. :)

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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Look at the numbers. Most contributions go to salaries. Hemorrhaging money.

https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/731662480

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an internship program at UniversalGiving this summer.

I’m sure that it is the greatest non-profit I have ever concerned with. In my home country, there are many non-profits which have vague and obscure aims and strategies to achieve them so that people regard non-profit itself skeptically.

On the other hand, UniversalGiving has clear, obvious, and enthusiastic mind and their goal; worldwide partnerships, with all members being so serious about their concerns. I was really shocked that the team effectively commanded certain information technologies, theories of marketing and various other logical methods to go for the goal.

I think it was the true way of non-profits. It’s a great honor for me that I could take part in UG activity, and I will, want to continue to contribute to the team, definitely!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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