NGO Spotlight: Osa Conservation

  Have you ever been to Costa Rica? You might know this tiny country in Central America by its breathtaking forests and its abundant and varied wildlife. In 2015, these natural wonders attracted over 2.6 million tourists! However, Costa Rica will not continue to be the beautiful attraction that it is today without conscious, driven organizations like Osa Conservation, who are striving to protect these delicate ecosystems. Founded in 2003, Osa Conservation aims to conserve and restore the biological diversity of the Osa Peninsula. Located in the southwest corner of Costa Rica, this location has been deemed by National Geographic as “the most … Continue reading NGO Spotlight: Osa Conservation

Cambodia: An Inspiring Story of Survival with Thoughts from Beth Kanter

by Anis Salvesen Imagine that between 1863 and 1980, colonization – becoming an exploitable source of riches for an overseas power that viewed your race as inferior –  would turn out to be the least of your country’s worries.   Worse than colonization was when another overseas power decided, about a century later, that it was okay to drop bombs on your people in order to get to enemy forces waging guerilla warfare from your soil.  The result? A couple million people became refugees. The number of dead as a result of the bombings ?  The number will be forever contested. … Continue reading Cambodia: An Inspiring Story of Survival with Thoughts from Beth Kanter

Individual Passions

  At UniversalGiving, we hope to give our interns experience in a variety of business units, from social media to executive assistant to marketing. Below is a testimonial of Bronte, who, previously an intern, is now working for us! “I started working at UniversalGiving (UG) as an Executive Assistant intern, and I loved it so much that I joined the team afterwards! My favorite part of UG is that everybody has their individual passion for what brings them into the nonprofit sector – whether it’s sustainability, human rights, etc. – which makes our teamwork and collaboration so exciting. Not only am … Continue reading Individual Passions

Youth Speaks: The Power of Language

By Pamela Hawley, CEO of UniversalGiving® What a joy to visit Ashley Smiley and Gabriel Cortez at Youth Speaks. Youth Speaks has such a variety of programs and what I enjoyed the most is that it is not just about creativity; the program creates a long term community, life network and actually follows the kids through their life chapters. While it starts off with training in writing, the children are also exposed to numerous events regarding how to live life in a positive way, job connections, and as Ashley said, “we create a true family”. Here are some of the programs with … Continue reading Youth Speaks: The Power of Language

A Message from Millennials: It’s All About Social Responsibility

By Karen Kwiatek If you are unfamiliar with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), now is the time to learn. Social responsibility in the private sector has grown rapidly over the past 50 years.  The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) defines CSR as “[T]he continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large” (2015). Today, CSR is pervasive in the consciences of corporate professionals, responding to the ever-increasing demands by millennials seeking to work for ethical and responsible … Continue reading A Message from Millennials: It’s All About Social Responsibility

Ambition for Change

Here is a testimonial from our development intern, Natalia! The work ethic of our interns is so inspirational and we are lucky to have them! “I have been wanting to work in a non-profit for a while and change the way we see our jobs. It is possible to work and help others at the same time and UniversalGiving shows that with the service we provide, its mission and values. In addition, the UG team is composed of people with great ambition for change and inspiring visions of the future.” -Natalia Junger, Development Intern Continue reading Ambition for Change

Laugh 'Til You're Green

By Cheryl Mahoney   I love it when I find a site with cool suggestions or resources for how to help a good cause, and I love it even more when I find one that will make me laugh while educating me.  Even better if it’s a site focusing on environmental issues, a cause I’m especially interested in.   All that being said, I’m sure you can imagine how much I like DoTheGreenThing.  First – catchy name.  Second – how often do you find a group using weird tentacly monsters to promote a green lifestyle?  (You know that now you … Continue reading Laugh 'Til You're Green