Why Do You Volunteer?

Here are some thoughts from Aung Ye Tun, our Q&A/Web Intern! We are so grateful that he is on our team as he brings diverse experiences from Southeast Asia to our team! “I want to get involved with Universal Giving because I want to help other people who are in need and I also want to improve my programming skills and learn more about career options. Volunteering not only [helps] me in developing new skills, experience, and knowledge but also makes me feel proud of myself; helping society with my own ability. After I volunteered in a non- profit library for … Continue reading Why Do You Volunteer?

Pamela’s Words of Wisdom: Thoughts on Starting A Non-Profit

Here are some questions I was recently asked regarding starting a nonprofit. I didn’t address the fact that this economy also presents a very, very challenging landscape in which to start a nonprofit and to attain solid funding. However, anyone with true passion will find a way to bootstrap their vision, at any time. Anything is possible!   What are the right and wrong reasons to start a non-profit? Starting a nonprofit must come from the head and the heart. It’s a true balance.  Most people think you need to have strong passion and loyalty to a cause, and you … Continue reading Pamela’s Words of Wisdom: Thoughts on Starting A Non-Profit

Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Celebrate the Beauty of Balance

I hope I believe in balance. And part of that is identifying and knowing your team members’ goals outside of work. It’s important to have outside lives and interests.  You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself.  Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person. We try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals. We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me ). And so I love to hear about the other interests—how can we help further them? One person … Continue reading Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Celebrate the Beauty of Balance

What Brings Me Here

  At UniversalGiving, we are so grateful for all of our interns! Here is a quote from Madhuri, our Q&A/Web Intern about why she has decided to work with us to make the world a brighter place!   “My passion towards learning and contributing to the society brings me here to UniversalGiving. And knowing about the UniversalGiving’s vision really motivates me to come forward and contribute a bit for a great cause. As it is said, small drops make the ocean.” -Madhuri Kalani, Intern Continue reading What Brings Me Here

How Volunteering Can Strengthen Your Company

Here’s my article that was recently published on Triple Pundit about the how volunteering can benefit your company. Enjoy! ¤~~~~~¤~~~~~¤ Volunteering can do more than make you feel good. It can help strengthen your company. Volunteering shows what your company stands for, attracts people who want to help, encourages collaboration, improves employee retention, and enhances brand image. If you haven’t guessed it already, all of these factors help your company’s bottom line. More people want to work for you, and customers want to buy your products because they feel good about what your company is doing. Volunteering is a key part … Continue reading How Volunteering Can Strengthen Your Company

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

  According to the Christian Science Monitor, civilian casualties in Afghanistan have increased at a record rate. 1,601 civilians have been killed in 2016 and 3,565 have been wounded. Close to a third of the casualties are children.   This kind of statistic is unacceptable.  Kids should not suffer.  Let’s help them now!   Do your part and donate to our partner organizations to support at-risk populations in Afghanistan.   Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, working in the United States and 70 countries around the world, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people impacted by … Continue reading Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

Philanthropy begins . . . at three

Originally posted on Fran Moreland Johns:
My friend Oli, age three, is a philanthropist. Maybe not on the scale of Bill and Melinda Gates, but what were they doing when they were three? Probably not donating 100% of their disposable income to their favorite charities. Which is what Oli did recently, making him my current favorite philanthropist. This adventure started when Oli’s bank, something that gives him great pleasure, reached its saturation point. Oli’s bank is an apolitical elephant bank. Oli had been stuffing it with coins received in Easter eggs (the Easter bunny has taken a capitalist turn since… Continue reading Philanthropy begins . . . at three