UniversalGiving™

Rating: 4.88 stars   120 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!
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 73-1662480
415-296-9193
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working for UniversalGiving has been an amazing experience! Everyone is so friendly and upbeat, Pamela Hawley works closely with her staff and provides great mentoring, and the work is genuine and serves a purpose. I have gained a wide variety of skill sets after working as an Executive Assistant, and I look forward to continuing my work with UG!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came into UniversalGiving as a marketing intern. I had no experience in the field whatsoever, I was just excited to learn more about my role. What I got was an experience that surpassed the one i had in mind. Pamela Hawley, the CEO, works personally to help you develop your skills and enhances your strengths. She provides feedback and close relationships with the people around her in order to develop a much more fun, and efficient work environment. The rest of the UniversalGiving team is also incredibly helpful. I've never met a group of people so dedicated in one cause. This experience is one that i'll never forget.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I want a career with a purpose and a vision that works towards the bigger picture. When I heard Pamela Hawley, CEO and founder of UniversalGiving™, talk at an event a few months ago, I knew that this was an organization that I would be proud to work for. I've only just began my role as NGO intern, but I am so pleased to be a part of this wonderful team and I look forward to the opportunities ahead!

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Rating: 5 stars  

After searching for volunteer opportunities at global nonprofits in the Bay Area, I came across UniversalGiving. I was attracted to UG because of its mission and vision as well as the vast number of internships available in various business units. The organization recruits volunteers on a rolling basis, so I was able to begin volunteering shortly after applying.

If you are looking for a steep learning curve with the opportunity to work with the management team and take on leadership roles, I highly recommend the Internships and Returnships at this organization. It's obvious that CEO and Founder, Pamela, is very passionate about UG's cause, and this is reflected in the organizational culture. While small, UniversalGiving attracts a diverse groups of committed volunteers, and it's been an honor to work with people with different backgrounds, skills, and talents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Six months ago, I started working at UniversalGiving as an NGO Services Intern with very little job skills. And today I will be leaving with a wealth of knowledge, not only about NGOs but also about CSR and Social Media. CEO Pamela Hawley likes to personally mentor all interns and returnees. She will develop your talents and put you in charge of high-level projects. I consider my time here to be an invaluable experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Today, I'll be starting a three month software development-based internship at UniversalGiving™. UniversalGiving has a renowned status as a non-profit, their regular and corporate CSR services being invaluable for many. I was drawn in by its open, multi-cultural working environment, as well as its dedication to improving the lives of others. In the coming months, I expect to improve my software development and professional skills, and hope to have an increased insight into the world of non-profits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it find and promote long term (e.g. over a year) volunteer opportunities for NGOs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite 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  

1 person found this review helpful

What really stood out to me about UniversalGiving is their strong initiative to really make a change in this world. Through their website they provide information for people who want to volunteer and help with this cause, but don't know how. They even have many gift packages for donators to choose from, so they can see where their gift is going and what the benefit of their donation is. This provides an excellent form of awareness, as well as important information to those looking to do a little more for the world. I began my journey with UniversalGiving as a way to help their cause and to grow as an individual.

I recommend this organization for they are truly there to help.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

What led me to volunteer with UniversalGiving was their model and vision. Volunteering has played an important role in my personal life and career development, and I appreciate the work they do to vet volunteer/donation opportunities. I think there needs to be more transparency in nonprofit organizations and UG is helping make that possible. It's great to know that your money or time is going to a worthy cause that has a proven track record. I'm so glad to be a part of an organization that is doing much needed work in a growing field.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

What drew me to UniversalGiving was their mission to connect volunteers and donors with opportunities worldwide. Unlike many organizations 100% of your donation goes towards the cause of your choice. I also think that it’s great that all of the volunteer opportunities are vetted so you know you are giving to something meaningful.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

What first caught my attention is UniversalGiving's vision to make giving and volunteering a natural part of everyday life. There is so much effort put in by a group of people to help others make the world a better place in different ways; and this includes Social Transaction which is a unique way of contributing while shopping online without additional cost to consumers. As they say, smalls steps can lead to big differences. What I also like about the organization is that 100% of the donation goes directly to the cause.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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