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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Voluntarism Promotion

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!

Community Stories

186 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience and wonderful staff! Excited to see how many more people they help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience as an intern at UnviersalGIving. The staff is always motivated behind a common purpose to make positive change in the world, and as an intern, I felt as if I was a real part of that. I valued the experiences I got there that aren't typical of all internships; I was entrusted with real responsibilities and always kept in the loop with people of different departments. I think the takeaway from an interaction with UniversalGiving is passion: everybody there has it, and if you have it when you come onto the team, it is noticed, nurtured, and utilized. It is in that way that organizations like UniversalGiving can make the world a better place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UniversalGiving attracts energetic and dedicated staff. The CEO's drive inspires everyone to give their best. The organization is very efficient, and offers great services to corporate clients and individuals. Its website is easy to navigate, offers a wide range of volunteer and gift choices, and 100% of donations go directly to projects. Volunteers and staff gain great opportunity to improve their professional skills and grow within the organization. The CEO is very supportive of staff development over the long-term, even beyond time spent with the organization (I have now known her for 7 years). Staff is passionate, diverse, friendly and supportive. I've personally experienced the results of this organization by working with my peers as and learning how we can most effectively serve businesses' philanthropic interests.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Initially, I timidly came into my Marketing internship at UG with no prior experience in the realm of marketing or social media and did not know what to expect. In the course of the past couple of months, however, I have not only learned about my professional and personal strengths and skillset through the work I have been doing, but have also been given the tools to take advantage of these as I move forward. This summer, I was able to partake in engaging activities and projects such as analyzing social media/marketing trends, learning how to utilize project management tools efficiently, outreaching to organizations and establishing mutually beneficial and strategic partnerships. UniversalGiving prides itself in its positive work culture and team environment; everyday, the values and missions of UniversalGiving were so apparent in all of the work we did together, and individually. Working with the Marketing Team on a daily basis as well as being able to collaborate with the CEO, Pamela Hawley, who also took the time out of her busy days to guide me through my internship kept my work invigorating, challenging and meaningful, and I absolutely loved bonding with the entire UG team. I feel truly privileged and grateful to have had such an amazing internship experience at UniversalGiving and I look forward to continuing my work in spreading UG's mission of creating a world where volunteering and giving are a natural part of everyday life!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great team and great management .
Love working with UniversalGiving

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An innovative nonprofit involved in both corporate and nonprofit services, UniversalGiving is not afraid to breach the gaps between fields. Committed to the spirit of giving and international social responsibility, UG balances excellence and service. As an intern, I was happy to have the privilege of completing projects for the wonderful leader and CEO Pamela Hawley; her energy, confidence, kindness, and diligence is contagious. As a student seeking a career in social justice, UG was a wonderful place to explore the CSR, nonprofit, and corporate philanthropy sectors. I'm happy to have been surrounded by like-minded people passionate about social issues and service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so delighted to be an intern and to be a part of team at Universal Giving. It felt so inspiring and happy when ı first walked in and met the team. They have been super helping. I loved working in there!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is so amazing and inspiring. Every team member shows pure dedication towards helping people around the world. Additionally, the team is very diverse and includes people from around the world. Everything the organization does is targeted to making it more well known in order to help more people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

UniversalGiving has an inspirational mission and being a part of the organization in helping out can get fun. There is much to learn and get experience in and if you are lucky to be on the Product Development team, you will get a chance to work with a team of highly dedicated individuals who knows how to deliver quality results.

I cannot give it 5-stars for one reason only: the long hours. Expect to work overtime frequently due to heavy task assignments and deadlines given and quite possibly, this could be many 65-70+ hour weeks. You have to be dedicated but if you do, you will gain much skills out of the work you do and as long as your business unit leads are correctly managing the team, you will hopefully not have to worry about the overtime work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed so much working in this organization for about a month! Our CEO was very enthusiastic, energetic, and kind. I have learnt a lot from her. It was also very nice to meet a lot of people from all over the world who have been very nice to me. I have had such a totally amazing experience!

Kayla31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UniversalGiving is an organization with a true commitment to excellence and making a positive impact on the world. I have had a wonderful relationship with UniversalGiving for years and cannot stress enough how hardworking and dedicated the employees are to the organizations mission. My experience with UniversalGiving has been overwhelmingly positive and I would highly recommend becoming involved with the organization professionally and utilizing the services they provide.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UniversalGiving is an organization with the utmost dedication to its vision and values. I am pleased to be part of an organization that values integrity in all of its interactions. I started my journey with UniversalGiving this last summer as an intern in their NGO Business Unit, assisting with their Quality Model vetting. This was a valuable experience that resulted in my current employment as an Executive Assistant for the Office of the CEO. Working directly with our gracious CEO, Pamela Hawley, I have grown as a professional in the non profit sector. Pamela provides growth experiences and exceptional support. She is one of the kindest women I have known, with a heart for giving.

UniversalGiving donates 100% of your donation to the opportunity you choose to support. When one gives we want them to be ensured that their donation reaches the people, animals, and ecosystems in need. I believe UniversalGiving is an ideal charitable organization to support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Joined as a QA/Web Intern
UniversalGiving as a Nonprofit:
 has a great work culture
 Believes in its values and mission
 Each volunteer/intern is really valued by the management
 Continuous learning
 Positive environment
 Team- Energetic Enthusiasts
 Committed to the community of Giving

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working at UniversalGiving for the last 2 months and a half and it has been a great learning experience for me. I joined the organization to know more about the non profit world and put together my passion for social impact and my work.
I couldn't ask for more generous people than the ones I work with. Everybody is extremely helpful and friendly. The CEO really passes on her believes and kindness to the team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern for UniversalGiving, and it has given me the opportunity to grow so much professionally and personally. The CEO is always so approachable and constantly shows gratitude towards her employees. The mission and vision of UniversalGiving is truly reflected through the company's culture, and all of the employees are genuine, friendly, and devoted individuals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at UniversalGiving are very nice, smart, and helpful. UG has a team-based culture with employee participation on all levels. Moreover, Pamela, CEO of UG, is very kind and has a great personality, with great respect for employees and volunteers. I feel very grateful to be a part of UG.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a great and exceptional experience so far since I started my internship at UG. The team is super helpful and warm. You will get sufficient help from everyone in the team including the CEO, and everyone is never too busy to help you:) The senior employees on the team are professional, knowledgeable and helpful. That means you can learn new and necessary skills required for working in NGOs fast and easily. We also have a very upbeat and positive vibe within the team. Everyone has the same goals and believes in our mission, and that makes us cooperate seamlessly! And the most important, our CEO Pamela shares her great personality and spirit with all the team members. She recognizes your every little progress and always gives kind compliments to all of us. She is patient, loving and inspiring. We all love her so much:) And the positive feedbacks are what makes me keep progressing and confident everyday.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had been working the Universal Giving for about 1 month as an Executive Assistant intern. I think that this intern was beneficial for me for three reasons. First, I enhanced my English skill. In this company, there were many opportunities to use English, for example asking my coworkers, writing reports, and talking with my coworker. These things made my English skills better. Second, I understood general skills for working. I had the experience, which my supervisor fell behind schedule because I changed my plan for working without reporting for her. At this time, I was aware that reporting and asking for my supervisor was truly important. I learned a lot of something like that. Therefore, I think joining this internship was one of the best way to obtain these skills. Finally, this Non-Profit-company had a variety of the staffs whose backgrounds were different each other, so this internship was good for sharing different opinions. For instance, my supervisor and coworkers talked their backgrounds and their future goals. These talk stimulated my mindset. To conclude, this internship enhanced my language skill, general business skills. Also, I think that the internship helped to open the door to the next career step.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I loved my colleagues at UG! Very motivated, kind, intelligent people. UG has an inspiring mission, and given the major progress toward a new website, its impact may increase greatly in the near future. The greatest experiences I had at UG were spending time with the other volunteers / staff, learning a lot about the CSR industry, and being given many important tasks to work on. Pamela really wants to give people opportunities, and she certainly gave me plenty of room to do serious, high level work that opened new doors for me in my career search.

You get out what you put in at UG—from my experience, being enthusiastic and actively seeking extra responsibility paid off.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a junior web developer, I enjoyed the opportunity to hone my skills and work in a team-based environment. The organization culture is great, the CEO is dynamic, personable, and effective, and the location couldn't be better. However, because UniversalGiving's employees were largely volunteers, there was a high turnover rate and therefore only a few senior employees. I know they were addressing this problem while I was there (Summer 2015), and I'm sure it's improved since then!