Take a Volunteer Trip in Thailand

UniversalGiving has recently been working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who have launched a contest to promote voluntourism, The Little Big Project.  One winner will receive a two-week volunteer trip to Thailand.  But everyone is invited to volunteer: TAT is partnering with other organizations, including UniversalGiving, to share volunteer opportunities. Sound appealing?  Looking for adventure?  Here are some top opportunities to volunteer in Thailand with UniversalGiving’s vetted NGO partners: Volunteer with Community Projects Work with Wild Animals Empower Single Mothers Help Elephants Volunteer to Teach in Thailand And if you can’t resist the lure of winning a free … Continue reading Take a Volunteer Trip in Thailand

The Stories That Change Our Lives – Inspiration from Tamora Pierce

“Girls are 50% of the population. We deserve to represent 50% of the heroes.” – Tamora Pierce Sometimes the people who inspire us never existed.  And sometimes it’s the people who created those fictional characters who furnish the inspiration. Tamora Pierce is an author of young adult fantasy novels, and at the risk of sounding like I’m exaggerating, I can tell you that she changed my life.  Tamora Pierce writes books about strong women, or “sheroes.” When Pierce was starting out in writing, there was (and to some extent, still is) a belief that books about boys were more marketable.  … Continue reading The Stories That Change Our Lives – Inspiration from Tamora Pierce

UniversalGiving Partners with SOCAP

UniversalGiving is thrilled to be working with SOCAP!  They’re preparing for their conference this May in Sweden, and we’re happy to help spread the word.  Here’s information on this exciting event: On May 8-10th, 2012 join the world’s leading social impact innovators for SOCAP: Designing the Future in Malmö, Sweden (a short 20 minute train ride from the Copenhagen airport). Designing the Future gathers the world’s pioneering impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, government and civic leaders, and innovators to design a world that’s better for all. What makes SOCAP different? SOCAP brings together more world-changing individuals than any other conference. … Continue reading UniversalGiving Partners with SOCAP

Participate in Our Writing Contest

By Cheryl Mahoney We are excited to announce a writing contest: “Haiti’s Earthquake: Two Years After” in collaboration with Helium and GlobalPost. In the spirit of citizen journalism, we’re asking you to dig in and learn what you can, then bring your knowledge back by writing articles on the topics we’ll provide–these will become available as soon as the contest launches. The contest will begin at 12:01 am GMT on February 17th.  Submissions will be accepted for 10 days, until 11:59 pm GMT on February 26th. The contest will include five topics; these will be displayed on the contest page … Continue reading Participate in Our Writing Contest

How You Can Support the People Who Make Your Gifts

By Cheryl Mahoney Today, we’re excited to tell you about a UniversalGiving partner who’s doing great work for the world!  The Hoop Fund is located down the hall from us at the Hub SoMa, and they also share our international focus. The Hoop’s mission is to create a more  connected marketplace, building links between consumers and the people who created the products they buy.  The Hoop partners with entrepreneurs, artisans, and farmers, and invites the people who buy their products to help fund their work.  The Hoop gives you two choices: you can directly fund a microloan to a project … Continue reading How You Can Support the People Who Make Your Gifts

A Lesson on Water from The Jungle Book – Blog Action Day 2010

By Cheryl Mahoney This year’s topic for Change.org’s Blog Action Day is water.  How often do we think about water?  And yet, how often does it touch our lives?  Maybe we don’t think about it because it’s so ubiquitous.  And because, for most of us who are likely to be online reading this, it seems so easily accessible. But that isn’t true for a lot of the world. I had a brief experience of my own recently that brought home how dependent we are on those ready-to-hand faucets.  The water in my apartment building had to be shut off unexpectedly for … Continue reading A Lesson on Water from The Jungle Book – Blog Action Day 2010

The Nonverbal Advantage: A Conversation with Carol Kinsey Goman

By Cheryl Mahoney Did you know that people make initial judgments about each other in 7 seconds–or less?  Or that you can improve your mood by changing your posture?  Or that on some basic level, we all show emotion the same way? These are just a few insights I gained from a conversation with Carol Kinsey Goman, the author of The Nonverbal Advantage.  Her book is all about body language, especially in a business setting.  I was curious about how body language relates to some of the topics we often discuss here and at UniversalGiving–like leadership, relationships across cultures, and … Continue reading The Nonverbal Advantage: A Conversation with Carol Kinsey Goman