UniversalGiving™

Rating: 4.91 stars   117 reviews

Issues: International, Philanthropy

Location: 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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

Family is deeply rooted within my identity and has significantly impacted my global perception pertaining to the struggles of poverty, education, and attainable success. Growing up in Florida and spending summers in Colombia taught me at an early age that wealth is relative; poverty in both countries were vastly different yet the emotional impact on people was always significant. Being a witness of drastic poverty unearthed an understanding that success was evident by monetary value. Academics was my tool to ensure success was attainable for me and my family who worked so hard to give me this opportunity. I graduated with a Finance degree and a hunger to work in corporate america. Businesses create tangible innovation, supported by communities and cultivated by resources, which are all supplied by money - business strategy works and is highly valuable, but why was I still not satisfied?

Everyday I wanted to feel and know that my job was helping someone. After corporate america, I learned that money fuels progress but compassion fuels the sustainability of hope and joy. Working for UniversalGiving™ gives me the opportunity to reach within my identity and culture to grasp different struggles, in order to make each day better for someone out there in the world. From day one, I have been captivated by all the reading material to learn even more about UniversalGiving; all the incredible and altruistic work organized by CEO Pamela Hawley, Executive Assistant team members, volunteers, donators, and corporations. Although I just began, I intuitively know our awareness - family, friends, and myself - will grow to greater heights fulfilled with compassion and action.

Project implementation is highly supported at UniversalGiving and by Pamela. I am eager to deep dive into a project where we can collectively grow education equity in USA and Colombia. With UniversalGiving I know I am making someone's day a little bit better. I am confident I am exactly where I am supposed to be and cannot wait to learn more and do more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great organization with a great mission. I've been volunteering as an intern at UniversalGiving for about 3 months and enjoyed every moment of it! It's been an absolute pleasure getting hands on experience in working with such a collaborative and bright team.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Universal Giving has a great degree of project flexibility and is great for people looking for different kinds of industry experience. As well as offering a productive dynamic and powerful work experience, universal giving also has many social events and gatherings as well media ventures and opportunities for support offered by the founder Pamela Hawley. The people were alway kind and friendly and working here was truly a joyful experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have enjoyed working at UniversalGiving. It's really great that I can work with Pamela and other teams. I learn a lot not only from my own business unit, but from everyone at UniversalGiving! I learn a lot from PD team, and it makes me understand how we plan and launch products. The team is very dynamic and optimistic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the UniversalGiving 3 months ago and have loved every minute of it! I have learned so much as an NGO Services intern, not only from my business unit manager, but from everyone I had the privilege to work with! Everyone at UniversalGiving is so passionate and dedicated to the mission of the organization that it is truly inspiring. Lastly, UniversalGiving gave me so many opportunities that interns don't usually get to experience. Thank you UniversalGiving for allowing me to grow as a professional, while also making a positive impact in the world :)

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have enjoyed my summer at UniversalGiving immensely! The office environment is at once collaborative and self-driven. Everyone is so willing to help each other succeed with their ideas and projects. I've learned so much not just from my own coach, but from all the other business units as well! And how cool is it that UniversalGiving's business model allows 100% of donations to go directly to the NGOs and people who need it? UG makes giving and volunteering a very natural part of everyday life with its professional image and personal touches. Our CEO, Pamela Hawley, is definitely a great role model and leader, who's eager to help us learn and make a difference in the world. I feel very fortunate.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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