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Rating: 4.89 stars   123 reviews 8,791

Nonprofit Issues:

International, Philanthropy


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  

UniversalGiving upholds the highest standards of excellence and achievement. Committed to supporting a wide variety of worthwhile causes across the globe UniversalGiving truly achieves its mission of making giving a part of everyday life. The experience and skills I have gained through this organization have been meaningful and important to both my personal and professional life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently had the good fortune to attend a truly inspirational lecture by Pamela Hawley, CEO of UniversalGiving. She captivated the audience by sharing her personal journey finding her path to fulfillment through life's inevitable ups and downs. Honest, witty, and often hilarious, Pam had us laughing and crying as she told us of the inspiration, evolution, and ultimate achievement of UniversalGiving, a website dedicated to connecting people with philanthropic giving and volunteer opportunities throughout the world. She inspired us, motivated us, and compelled us to find our true selves through the process of giving back to others. Thank you, Pam!

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Rating: 5 stars  

UniversalGiving is an amazing nonprofit that truly does the most. Led by the very philanthropic, very approachable CEO Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving stresses the importance of working as a collective unit of people rather than working on one's own tasks and forgetting the rest. As an intern for several months, I was able to collaborate with a number of people in different projects from recruitment to website design to general assistance to Pamela. On the NGO side, UniversalGiving provides to a score of different missions worldwide. They set goals to assist the missions in an effective and timely manner. I highly consider UniversalGiving!

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Rating: 5 stars  

UniversalGiving is a leader in the social impact space. By volunteering, I'm able to make a difference in a BIG way - positively affecting the work of many non-profits and NGOs as opposed to just one. If you want to make a significant impact in the world - checkout UniversalGiving.

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Rating: 3 stars  

Interning at UniversalGiving these past couple of months gave me valuable experience and knowledge that will benefit me in my future endeavors! I absolutely loved working with the UG team and being able to do my part to contribute to something as important as UniversalGiving!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I know that the experience, skills, knowledge and connections that I gained at Universal Giving internship are going to be more valuable to me in the future than I can even comprehend right now. I want you to know that I truly appreciate the incredible opportunity I was given as a QA Intern to grow and learn as a professional. It has been a truly life-shaping experience and a nice contribution to the world being associated with Universal Giving!
~Amruta Birar

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing organization where people are passionate and willing to devote their time to make a difference in this world. It also provides endless opportunities for those in search of volunteer programs or internships to kickstart their journeys in giving back to the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am excited about my volunteering opportunity at UniversalGiving. There are so many non-profit organizations and causes that one can work woth these days. But there is something refreshingly different and honest about Pamela Hawley's story and how she got into the world of "giving". Her team seems equally enthused and professional. Kudos!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Universal GIving for a short period of time but have learnt so much about the company. Their mission to connect people to global volunteering and giving opportunities resonates all over the office.Staff are very friendly and easy to get along with. They have a wide range of possibility so anyone wanting to volunteer is spoilt for choice with the options available. A must join if you want to make a difference in the world but do not know where to start.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just joined UniversalGiving and am already struck by the level of dedication, passion and focus in the office. Everyone here exudes warmth and empathy while maintaining an incredible work ethic. Everyone here at UG does everything in their power to ensure that people in need get as much attention and help as possible. All donations given on the UG website go to the cause in question!

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