UniversalGiving™

Rating: 4.88 stars   121 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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415-296-9193
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Rating: 5 stars  

Today was my first day working as an Intern at UniversalGiving and I cannot describe how inspiring it is to work in an environment with such a motivated and collaborative team. Within the first 10 minutes of stepping into the office, I was listening to the CEO of UG (Pamela) deliver an in-depth presentation to the rest of the UG staff (interns included) on our strategies and goals for the upcoming months, as well as explaining some key concepts of the logistics of our nonprofit model.

I was initially drawn to UG because I wanted to work with an organization that makes a global impact. UG has been repeatedly recognized as being an impactful nonprofit, not only for streamlining donations and volunteer opportunities within the public sector, but also for improving Global Corporate Social Responsibility. Additionally, 100% of public donations go directly to UG vetted charities, which made me even more certain that UG was the nonprofit for me.

However, one thing that caught me by surprise was how inclusive and driven the woking environment is. I was incredibly impressed to learn that the entire team was regularly updated regrading the various projects that individual members are undertaking, as well as the fast-paced work environment and how driven everyone is. You can feel that everyone here believes in the goals of this organization and is actively working to accomplish those goals and strive to grow in the future.

I'm ecstatic to begin my work with such an incredible organization and such an amazing team. I know that this is an incredible opportunity for me to see behind the scenes of a truly impactful nonprofit.

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

None.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Having had the opportunity to work with various NGOs internationally, I've come to share UniversalGiving's realization that private-public partnerships possess incredible potential to catalyze change. Although corporations possess the ability to place items on the global agenda, companies still lack trusting relationships within beneficiary communities to generate results. As a new member of the dedicated UniversalGiving Corporate team, I sincerely believe that as we bridge this gap we are reaching more people in need of a second chance worldwide.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 24-year-old recent college graduate and I applied for and was offered an internship with Universal Giving. It is a very exciting opportunity to work alongside intelligent, passionate people in downtown San Francisco. It is an amazing work space where everyone is supportive and are constantly generating new ideas and projects. Anyone that wants to gain some insight into the world of nonprofit organizations could not choose a better environment than Universal Giving.

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 am so excited to be interning with UniversalGiving this summer. The organization is well-organized and allows anyone involved to make a real impact on the world around them. I know that I will be challenged to meet my goals and I am inspired by the passion for the cause that I see all around me. I look forward to learning more about this amazing organization and being able to further UniversalGiving's vision of a world filled with goodwill and kindness.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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 was drawn to interning at UniversalGIving because of their mission to make it easy for people to volunteer and donate. Helping others has always been a huge part of my life, and I am thrilled that I get to continue to do so with such a great organization filled with passionate people. I am excited to begin my internship and dive into projects while being surrounded by and learning from people who are so dedicated to the cause.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about Universal Giving at an event that the CEO, Pamela Hawley came to speak at at UC Berkeley. Since I already had an interest in social entrepreneurship, Pamela's keynote speech really had a great impact on me! I knew that Universal Giving would be a vibrant, energetic, and rewarding organization to intern at and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to be the NGO intern. I can already tell that everyone who is a part of Universal Giving is highly motivated and passionate about the mission of the organization and I cannot wait to begin :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became interested in volunteering at UniversalGiving because of their unique nonprofit structure - unlike other nonprofits they charge for services provided to corporations in order to be able to give 100% of donations to the nonprofits that they work with. This makes UniversalGiving self-sustaining while creating visibility and funding for other nonprofits around the world. They work efficiently while providing great educational and leadership opportunities to their interns.

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

N/a

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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  

It's a great opportunity to be a volunteer in Universalgiving. From here, a lot of motivated people work here.

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 became interested in interning at UniversalGiving after completing semesters abroad in Tanzania and Ecuador where I learned firsthand what it means to lack basic human necessities to lead a healthy life. I truly believe in UniversalGiving's mission and organizational model. By pursuing partnerships with NGOs focused on relatively small, detailed projects with specific funding goals, they can insure that donations actually reach the people they are intending to serve.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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 was drawn by UniversalGiving after I attended a talk by its founder and CEO, Pamela Hawley, at UC Berkeley. Listening about what motivated Pamela to start UniversalGiving and what UniversalGiving stands for (its vision, mission, and culture), I knew that I wanted to be part of such a passionate, diverse, and philanthropic organization.

I am excited to start my summer as a volunteer and contribute to such a great organization that not only helps fund projects around the world, but also helps companies have good business values and practices through UniversalGiving's CSR component.

I will make sure to write a review again midday through my internship and at the end of my internship, so be on the lookout for that! :)

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As promised, I am back to review!! HANDS DOWN, UniversalGiving is a great organization. I have interned for a bit more than 2 months and it has been a great experience. I cannot being to say all the things I have learned. I look forward to the great things UniversalGiving will continue to do. I recommend anyone to check out UniversalGiving.

Everyone at UG works closely with our CEO and there are a lot of things you will learn, not only from our CEO but from fellow colleagues. Also, whatever interests you have, if you want to be part of it, you will! If you have inputs or new ideas, they are all happily welcome, heard, and implemented in one way or another.

I love our team, the environment, location, excitement, projects, and how everything functions and continues to grow/evolve/innovate at UniversalGiving. Our CEO is a great role model, leader, and inspiration. She treats everyone the same and always has a smile on her face. She provides great feedback and always knows how to help you grow.

Until later!

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

Continue to help make it scalable worldwide.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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