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May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

My daughter gave me a UniversalGiving gift package for Mother's Day. Since she knew world peace is important to me, she personalized it by choosing a package focused on peace-building.

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My daughter told me about all of the many good works UniversalGiving is involved with. I was very impressed with what they are doing to empower women and provide volunteer opportunities. I have recommended UG to others I encounter.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

Universal Giving is such an amazing website. I love the way it lets me do a custom search by interest area (e.g. I was searching for non-profits that provide education to girls in Africa, but you can also search for health, or by a different region/country!). Last Christmas, instead of giving traditional gifts to my family, I used the Universal Giving gift packages which I then gave to everyone. Each person in my family was able to select the non profit area that they wanted the dollars to go to, and received a personal ecard from me with the gift. It was an amazing way to provide a custom gift to each person in my family while helping others in greater need than ourselves.

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knowing that every single organization on the website has been vetted and will make proper use of my donation. Knowing that they are making a meaningful difference really gives me that trust and sense of comfort. I will come back to Universal Giving!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I trust that my dollars are being well spent and going to worthy causes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the founder, Pamela Hawley, is a truly phenomenal and passionate woman.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

UniversalGiving is a fantastic organization that promotes social awareness and global outreach! The team is fully dedicated to maintaining a quality product, and is 100% committed to building a solid foundation for giving. The website is a great resource to go to if you are interested in volunteering abroad or contributing in any way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a work environment as a summer intern.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 19, 2010

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May 19, 2010

Universal Giving makes it so easy for me to nurture my want to give back something to our community. I can make more informed decisions about my volunteering and donations and it is important for me to know where my time, effort and resources are used. They have built an amazing platform that removes the hassles one may see in philanthropic work. I wish them all the success towards the achievement of their goals.

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the time I spend volunteering for them. It is a mutually-rewarding experience. When I think I am contributing in some way to help our community, I feel I am getting more in return in terms of satisfaction, learning and bliss :)

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I began volunteering with UniversalGiving recently because I recognized the significance of the work they do. I interned for a Guatemalan NGO last summer and saw an unmet need for international volunteers and donation opportunities. UniversalGiving solves that need by connecting individuals and corporations who want to give (either their time or their money) with tremendous NGOs that are doing a great job in helping out their communities. I love working here because they are committed to having only the best and most committed NGOs on their database and enable personal relationships between organizations and donors. The working environment here is great, and every single person is committed to the cause our mission.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That I've learned about great organizations around the world who are fighting injustice, poverty, climate change, promoting education, etc. and it has been a great and positive learning experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very motivated, committed and intelligent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I originally volunteered for UniversalGiving as part of the Disney volunteering program, where I was searching for nonprofits in other countries for UniversalGiving to put on their site. I enjoyed my work so much, I decided to come out and help in a greater way. They provide a lot of opportunities for people that are trying to understand the nonprofit world, and they have fairly comprehensive systems in place to allow new additions to be very much a part of their organization. I felt I was immediately given responsibilities and so this has been invaluable as an experience.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I met a range of people volunteering at UniversalGiving, overall the staff is very diverse and come from all walks in life. I was especially impressed by the energy and dedication of the CEO, who takes an interest in all interns, volunteers, and staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

Full disclosure here as I am CEO of UniversalGiving (http://www.universalgiving.org) :) But since this is dear to my heart, I had to share why I am involved, and how we got started!

I was on a family vacation in Mexico at the age of 12, when my father and I veered off the traditional marketplace... stumbling upon a cult-de-sac of unwashed, maimed, begging children... My heart and mind flashed "unacceptable.'" I started volunteering at the age of 12, and when an adult, internationally in places such as India on microfinance, sustainable farming in Guatemala, and with Pol Pot's victims in Cambodia. If you like, you can read more about these experiences on my blog, Living and Giving (www.pamelahawley.wordpress.com).

From these International experiences, I realized we needed to get funds and support to deserving, local organizations. To the local people who know the issues and have personal relationships on the ground. We created UniversalGiving so that people could give and volunteer all over the world, with trusted organizations run by these important leaders.

One of my favorite parts of the site is our internship page (http://www.universalgiving.org/about_us/jobs.do). We love interns and providing them an exemplary experience. It's so important to provide ownership, initiative and opportunities for growth. They contribute so much to our team, and we do all we can to support them as well.

I hope you enjoy the website, and, look forward to hearing your insights and feedback so that we can serve our global communities with higher levels of excellence.

Warmly, Pamela

Living and Giving Blog: http://www.pamelahawley.wordpress.com

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In how my life has been changed by seeing the people we affect positively. This can be deserving nonprofits on the ground, who receive needed volunteers and funds, and our interns who benefit from our professional program which helps them grow.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people and a commitment to excellence. The team is extraordinarily diverse, dynamic and caring. We commit to high standards, and are continuously honing our processes. It's inspiring to work with people who are committed to serving with excellence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, joyful and inspired. The team and interns are extremely dedicated and devoted. They are also multitalented and cover numerous functions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be in 200 countries in a year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

This is a great site for volunteering and donating globally. I like that the organizations listed on the site are vetted for me. One of my favorite donation opportunities is to be able to give $20 to provide a lifetime of clean drinking water to someone in Vietnam through the East Meets West Foundation. I can't believe how far most people on the planet have to walk ridiculous distances just to get clean(ish) water. That's not okay with me, and I like that in a small way, I can do something about it. http://www.universalgiving.org/donate/supply_a_lifetime_of_safe_drin/id1855.do

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the global focus and the opportunity to form relationships with young people leading nonprofits that are going to change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

the website highlights the most important news and updates on today's world issues. it also contain helpful information like volunteering opportunities with detail of locations and focus of interests. this is a great go-to site.

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great amount of information in what to do if i want to find out ways to give and volunteer.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

My favorite part of UniversalGiving is how easy they make it to get involved with a cause. So I know I want to do something about the environment...but where do I even start? Well, by searching the environment category on UniversalGiving for a whole list of ways to give. I also love the incredible variety, not just of ways to give to one cause, but also of different causes. I've used UniversalGiving several times, to send books to Africa, to send a toy to a refugee child, to sponsor internet access for a school... It's a perfect combination of doing something very personal...and it's as easy as selecting a project and donating. I also appreciate the email they send afterwards, confirming your donation. UniversalGiving has great customer service too! And I feel good knowing my money is going to an organization UniversalGiving has already vetted for me. When an organization asked me to give for Haiti, I checked first to see if they were one of UniversalGiving's vetted NGOs--and when I found out they were, I gave. UniversalGiving is a great destination for easy, meaningful, trusted philanthropy.

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how easy they make it to give--and to feel sure that you're giving to a cause you care about, and to an organization you can trust.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the combination of personal and easy. You can give to something very specific, and just with a few clicks of the mouse.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

scale out its services to touch even more of the world.

Ways to make it better...

gift packages could be bought in advance. I donated to a cause for my mom's birthday--I loved the email they sent her, but I wish I could have selected the date it was sent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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