Universalgiving™

Rating: 4.88 stars   124 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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EIN 73-1662480
415-296-9193
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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!!!

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?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

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

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.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I love that UniversalGiving vets all of its organizations and projects. It gives me comfort to know that my donation is going to a quality, worthwhile cause. I also love the gift package page: (http://www.universalgiving.org/giftpackages/). Here, you can find tangible gifts such as "Save the Life of a Child" for $30!

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

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

The fact that all of the organizations are pre-vetted, and that they have so many different causes and projects to choose from!

Ways to make it better...

I had more money to donate!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

"Through Universal Giving, I identified two extremely worthwhile non profit organizations to support. Universal Giving's evaluation model helps provide the assurance that contributions will be put to good use. Andre, Individual Donor"

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

create the strongest global network

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

 
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