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Review for UniversalGiving™, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Full disclosure here as I am CEO of UniversalGiving ( :) 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 (

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 ( 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:

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.

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?


Role:  Board Member & I've volunteered in more than 10 countries across the world and donated to dozens of deserving, local organizations on the ground.