Team Member of the Week: Morgan

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Thomas Edison one said, “the three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” This week’s team member of the week is the personification of these three essentials. Morgan DeLuce is not only a hard worker; she exemplifies perseverance and persistence gracefully with her common sense. Morgan, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you for always taking the time to get the job done. Congratulations!

Name: Morgan DeLuce
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Job Title: Operations and Recruiting Coordinator
Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Favorite UniversalGiving Giving Opportunity: Children’s Emergency Medical Fund
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Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Who Gives Internationally?

International giving is on the rise.  In the United States, we’re seeing double-digit annual growth.  A study called Preferences for International Redistribution by Osili and Cagla Okten explored the characteristics of international donors.

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Serve the Global Public: It’s UN Public Service Day!

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In 2003, the United Nations declared June 23rd United Nations Public Service Day in order to celebrate the value of public service, honor those who serve their communities, and encourage members of the public to get involved in bettering their surrounding communities. Dedicated public servants around the world work tirelessly to improve living situations for others, and are often not given the recognition they deserve.

This year, the UN’s Public Service Day Awards Ceremony and Forum will be held Medellin, Colombia from June 23rd to June 26th.

This year, join UniversalGiving in celebrating United Nations Public Service Day and engage in bettering communities in need of your help. Show thanks to the public servants who have given so much to your community by paying it forward: donate your time or resources to one of UniversalGiving’s top-quality, thoroughly vetted organizations! We are proud to say that 100% of donations made through UniversalGiving goes directly to the cause, and our organizations are held to the highest standards of quality, transparency, and trust. See some of the worthy causes below and participate in public service today!

  1. What If? Foundation. The Caribbean country of Haiti is home to countless hungry children. What If? Foundation provides meals to needy children of Port-au-Prince, the capital of and largest city in Haiti. A gift of just $24 provides a month’s worth of meals to a hungry Haitian child: a large plate of vegetables, rice, beans, and meat. Be a public servant today.
  2. Operation USA. Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded–as a result, South East Asia, and especially the Philippines, was devastated in its wake. Although the typhoon took place in late 2013, these regions are still struggling to recover and rebuild. Your gift of $25 will go a long way in helping rebuild the area’s infrastructure and economy.They need your help; donate today.
  3. Nepal Orphans Home Inc. For the children of Papa’s House in Nepal, fruit–especially fresh fruit–is a luxury. Every child should have access to natural, nutritious food, but unfortunately, this is not the case. A gift to Nepal Orphans Home Inc. will not only give these orphans access to the nutrition they need, it will also give them a special treat to look forward to. Just $50 will provide 140 children of Dhapasi with a serving of fruit. Brighten these kids’ days with the simple gift of fruit.

Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Home

A home should be inspiring.  All the objects in your home should reinforce your values and character.  Home should be a respite of calm and peace, and a reflection of who you are.

A home should demonstrate moderation.  Homes should reflect what is needed.  Meet your needs, and then embrace moderation and simplicity.

A home should have balance.  The best homes reflect a sense of balance within the spaces, allowing for different types of activities.  Some may be more energetic, others which are more peaceful.

Give your dad a gift that keeps on giving by donating to a cause that reflects his interests!

Consider celebrating your dad by donating to an organization that reflects his interests. Donating to a cause that he cares about is the perfect way to demonstrate your care for him–this way, you can make an impact in his life and the lives of many others. Give the gift of giving this Father’s Day: honor your dad by donating to a cause in his name.

UniversalGiving makes finding the perfect gift easy and worry-free by providing you with numerous high-quality giving opportunities.  Each of the organizations on our website has been thoroughly researched and vetted according to the highest standards of quality, transparency, and trust. Through UniversalGiving, you can rest assured that you are giving to the most worthy and credible of causes. We are proud to say that 100% of donations through UniversalGiving go to your chosen cause.

So what is your dad interested in? Give the gift of giving today:

  • Education

      • Is a good education one of the best gifts your father has given to you? Honor that legacy by donating to one of the causes below.
        • Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation. Education is the best gift: just $25 can help a child immensely by providing him or her with money to pay for school fees and food.
        • Develop Africa. Girls in sub-Saharan Africa face the widest gender disparity when it comes to education. Your gift of $25 will help provide a scholarship, books, and school supplies for a girl in Sierra Leone.
  • Health Care

      • If healthcare is important to your dad, consider donating to one of the causes below.
        • Uganda Village Project. In the Iganga District of Uganda, less than half of all households have functional latrines. A gift of just $40 can equip 20 households with tippy taps, a handwashing device that prevents the spread of infectious disease.
        • World Food Program USA. WFP is the world’s largest hunger relief organization. A gift of just $15 can provide a month’s supply of emergency food to a person in need.
  • Arts

      • If your father cares deeply about the arts, consider giving a gift to
        • Selamta Family Project. A $1200 gift provides an abandoned child with a home at Selamta and an education at a local private school for a whole year. This child will be exposed to artistic opportunities like trips to museums.
        • Cultural Canvas Thailand. Cultural Canvas Thailand’s artistic outreach program, Art Relief International (ARI), believes in providing a voice for individuals through artistic expression. ARI believes art is a tool for change–with your gift, ARI can continue to provide a voice to the vulnerable people of Northern Thailand.
  • Environment

      • Is your dad committed to protecting our environment or its animals? If so, consider donating to one of the below organizations.
        • Osa Conservation. A gift of just $10 goes towards planting a tree and restoring the rainforest in the Osa Peninsula of southwestern Costa Rica. Plant a tree today for the forest of tomorrow!
        • In Defense of Animals- Africa. A gift of $300 will help IDA-Africa care for an orphaned chimpanzee whose mother was killed for the illegal bush meat trade. Help provide a sanctuary for these noble animals!
        • Osa Conservation. Give $20 to protect the sea turtle population of Costa Rica from harmful poaching and predation. Osa Conservation protects these endangered animals by monitoring and patrolling nesting beaches.
  • Technology

    • If your dad is loves technology, one of the below organizations could be a perfect fit.
      • Nepal Orphans Home Inc. NOH provides life-changing sustainable technologies to Nepalese villagers. A gift of $25 or $50 goes towards teaching villagers how to make briquette stoves, which reduces their dependence on wood, improves air quality, and empowers villagers.
      • Benetech. Benetech’s SocialCoding4Good brings together communities of individuals and corporate social responsibility teams from companies like Cisco, Google, and more to volunteer their technical skills to nonprofit partners that develop and maintain free and open source software addressing critical social problems.
      • Develop Africa. It’s estimated that 80% of the African population does not have access to computers. Technology plays a huge role in empowering individuals and qualifying them for better jobs. A gift of $100 goes towards providing computers to schools in Sierra Leone.

Team Member of the Week: Venecia

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Today we celebrate Venecia, one of our amazing summer interns as team member of the week! Her quiet exterior would fool most. However, she is and has been a powerhouse of knowledge and, most of all, substance. Congratulations Venecia! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making a difference in the world.

Name: Venecia Guzmán Elizondo
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Business Unit: NGO Services
Favorite Food or Favorite Hobby: Singing

Favorite UniversalGiving Giving Opportunity: Donating towards the Construction of a Village Clinic for Women’s Health and Infant Care in Mexico


Want to support Venecia’s favorite cause?

Click here: http://www.universalgiving.org/…/construction_of_a…/id933.do

Taking the Leap: A Teenager’s Experience Volunteering and Traveling Solo in Asia

By: Gaby Alemán

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For many reasons, the world seems much larger and more intimidating than it really is. We look at the globe and we’re hesitant to take a step out of our neighborhood for fear of the unknown— but you know what? That fear of the unknown is exactly what pushed me to leave. Maybe fear isn’t the correct word… Curiosity seems more appropriate. It was with a surging curiosity that I set out last September on my gap year, fresh outta high school, to travel to Asia for eight months.

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