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901 Mission Street Suite 205 San Francisco CA 94103 USA


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.


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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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm had worked in UG for two months for my internship. It was quite enjoyable experience. The office is motivated and positive. As their slogan said , Give you 100%. The coworkers are so friendly and enthusiastic. Impressively, the Boss is very nice and kind, she always inspires me, and makes me believe I can do it better. I'm glad to made a good decision!

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

UniversalGiving is run by an enthusiastic group of people with a strong work ethic and real dedication to making a difference. For interns, it's important to speak up about what interests you and what you want to accomplish during your time with the organization, but as long as you do that, the sky is the limit!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the priveledge of working at UniversalGiving heading up their NGO department team in 2014. The founder, Pamela Hawley, and the entire UniversalGiving team is so passionate and dedicated - which is what drives the organisation. UG helps people to help others. You can't be anything less than inspired working with them. I had an absolute ball and learnt so much during this experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful time working in UniversalGiving. During the internship period, I learned a lot hand on skills through doing variety of tasks which were assigned by the manager. Tasks were not simple as fetching coffees and copying documents. What I did everyday in work was to have a big impact to the society and organization. There are plenty of new tasks and challenges in everyday work and the colleagues are very supportive to help you if you have difficulties in your work.

Pamela is very passionate about what she is doing by providing a platform for people to help more people in need. I am very thankful that she taught me to be better everyday in work and gave me a lot of life advice throughout my three months internship period.

In general, it is a great place if you want to work in nonprofit industry and make positive impact to the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

UniversalGiving was incredibly generous in offering me a part-time internship, as I am still in high school and only available for a small portion of the day. When I first started I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and they really helped me stand on my own two feet. This experience has been above and beyond what I expected. They have given me various opportunities to figure out where I succeed. I cannot recommend UniversalGiving enough! I continue to learn every day I spend in the office. One of the many benefits is how closely we all work with the CEO. She is so passionate about her company and all of her employees. Her love for her work shines through in her relationships with everyone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Inspired by UniversalGiving's success in connecting funders, volunteers, and international communities in need, I sent a letter requesting to ask a few questions of the CEO and Founder, Pamela Hawley.

Pamela was incredibly gracious and accepted the request. We had a short, sweet, engaging, and inspiring conversation about social sector entrepreneurship. She and the organization representative, with whom I was in contact throughout the scheduling process, were kind, courteous, and did a superb job representing U.G.

My gratitude to a group of open and inviting innovators and leaders.

The world is better off thanks to their work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started with UniversalGiving as an intern last summer and I returned to UniversalGiving as a full-time employee now. I have always enjoyed working with the passionate, supportive and collaborative team. It is very inspiring that everyone at UniversalGiving is so dedicated to the mission of the organization. The office environment is positive and independent.

UniversalGiving is my top choice out of the 3 offers that I received after my graduation. It offers me great opportunities to work across different business units, which enables me to have hands on experience in multiple functions. UniversalGiving outlines clear growth path for its full-time employees and ensures that all volunteers have the best experience with UniversalGiving. It is an amazing place for anyone who wants to work at nonprofits or just make a positive impact on the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked as an EA Intern my last semester in college, and after college I moved from San Francisco. UG allowed me to continue working as a Remote Consultant. I have learnt so much working at Universalgiving and the flexibility they have given me has been amazing. UG appreciates their team and you can feel the appreciation and dedication every day you step into the office! (Or turn on your computer remotely!)

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started with Universalgiving as an intern and was promoted as a team lead. Since I joined, I have been enjoyed working with colleagues and eager to learn new technology. Universalgiving provides a positive, flexible, and independent working atmosphere. Its office environment is modern, stylish, and well managed. Every new employee or volunteer will be easy to build good relationship with co-workers, managers, and CEO. Universalgiving always open doors and creates opportunities for interns and volunteers. In addition, I want to highlight the CEO of Universalgiving is an active and energetic philanthropist. She is very enthusiastic about giving and helping the people in need. Working with the CEO is not only a great experience for learning business skills but also a role model of positive values.

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Rating: 5 stars  

UniversalGiving is one of my best work experience. I learned a lot and advanced myself as a better person. This organization really want to spread the good and make the world a better place, you can feel it everyday at the office.
All the team members are passionate about doing good and cares about upholding the mission of the company and the vision of Pamela Hawley. It's a great honor that I could take part in UG activity.
Working in this organization have been a real source of inspiration and motivation for my future.
I definitely want to continue to contribute to the team and get involved in association to help people in need.
Thanks to UniversalGiving I found a purpose to my study and will continue my studies in Sustainable Management and Eco-Innovation.

I truly believe that UG will continue to have a social and environmental positive impact in the world for years to come.

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