HeForShe: Building a World without Gender Barriers

By Morgan DeLuce   Why is “feminism” a movement only for women? It’s a question that has garnered a lot of attention recently. Many have seen the magenta photos of Emma Watson as the face of the UN Women’s HeForShe movement, which promotes gender equality as a human issue that must be tackled by everyone, men and women alike. The San Francisco chapter of the U.S. National Committee threw a celebration in honor of the men in our community who are working to promote gender equality and enact real change for women. The HeForShe Champions for Change Celebration was held at the beautiful … Continue reading HeForShe: Building a World without Gender Barriers

How One Day Changed my Life

by Kerry Rodgers “While traveling in South Africa 6 years ago, I volunteered for one day at a wonderful non-profit in a township outside of Cape Town. It was serendipitous, as one of my traveling companions had a personal connection and invited us to join him for the afternoon. The experience was transformational – I walked away deeply inspired about the work of community-based nonprofits. Although we were only there for a couple hours, I became an ongoing supporter of the organization. It occurred to me that this one day was a win-win: the nonprofit had a new contributor and, for … Continue reading How One Day Changed my Life

Quality Models: The Intersection of Impact and Honesty

By Nancy Baah The concept of nonprofit organizations was established over forty years ago, and since then the number of nonprofit organizations and NGOs over the years has grown exponentially.  The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) reports that there are approximately 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, the number of nonprofit organizations established is innumerable due to the rate at which new organizations develop and varying statuses by country.  Because of this influx, it is important that nonprofits are held accountable to carry out their missions and truly make an impact. To hold organizations accountable, many … Continue reading Quality Models: The Intersection of Impact and Honesty

A Week in Cuba with Jimmy Diefenderfer

At our 10,000 Volunteers event in November, we raffled off a flight to a volunteer trip anywhere in the world. Jimmy Diefenderfer was the lucky winner, and he just returned from an incredible experience in Cuba. “My trip to Cuba with Globe Aware had two principal objectives: make meaningful contributions to several community projects and become familiar with the Cuban people and culture. As such, we spent part of each day being introduced to a local project in Havana, including a tuition-free school for young adults interested in becoming barbers, a tree-planting sanctuary aiming to prevent damaging landslides in a hillside … Continue reading A Week in Cuba with Jimmy Diefenderfer

Think Globally, Act Locally, Love Universally

By Lindsay Rogers At UniversalGiving, we believe in creating a world where “Giving and Volunteering are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.” Through our Community Outreach Program, team members perform hands-on service by working with organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that are addressing social issues present in our local community. This month, UniversalGiving had the opportunity to work with Dinner with Grace, a long-standing initiative of Grace Cathedral. This program cooks and serves dinner to residents of the Crosby Hotel in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. The Crosby Hotel is part of San Francisco’s Housing First Program … Continue reading Think Globally, Act Locally, Love Universally

The Starfish Story

By Morgan DeLuce Story Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley There was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often to bend  down, pick up an object, and throw … Continue reading The Starfish Story

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 3

By Matt Gallagher Developing CSR Programs Conveniently, Efficiently and Effectively Time, planning and management do not necessarily have to be a big part of your investment in CSR. Websites and services like UniversalGiving can handle all of the legwork so that your contribution is focused on providing a greater good. Your administrative requirements remain minimal, with 100 percent of your donation going directly to the cause of your choosing. Charitable organizations such as UniversalGiving can handle the administrative end, vetting projects through a trademarked, proprietary Quality Model. They consult on proper methods of engaging with nonprofits and how you can … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 3