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
There is a great disease of schoollessness: Kids who grow up without the classroom, and without the ability to learn. Their minds, in a way… are dying…. Without food, our bodies don’t grow. Without classes, your mind doesn’t grow. So… please help us stop schoollessness now. Support the amazing volunteer teachers working with WorldTeach determined to provide educational opportunities all across the globe. Give the gift of books when you join hands with Develop Africa and promote literacy efforts for children in West Africa. Work with Miracles in Action to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in rural Guatemala. All … Continue reading Stop the Disease of Schoollessness!
This past week, Pope Francis made a much anticipated and historic visit to the US. His visit to our nation’s capital was highlighted by an address to Congress, during which he called on Congress to enact change about an issue that involves all of us: the world’s climate. As a global community, we must stand together on this issue: our world is for all of us, and every action we take to improve our global environment is a gift to all of humanity. Pope Francis’ call to action reminds us that “climate change is a problem that can no longer be left … Continue reading “Care for Our Common Home”: Climate Change Impacts Our Global Community
Today, on September 21, the United Nations Peace Bell rings in World Peace Day, dedicated to the sustainable reduction of war. Though pessimism may dominate your newsfeed, data shows that the world is moving increasingly closer to realizing the dream of peace. We’re Closer to World Peace Than Ever Before According to prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, over the last 50 years, death from war has plummeted. The number of people killed in war is down 50% this decade compared to the 1990s. While there were less than 20 democracies in 1946, there are close to 100 today. Genocide deaths per … Continue reading Today is World Peace Day: Give Peace a Chance
By Sindhu Nagaraj By profession, I am a Software Engineer and I love engineering. Despite my tendency towards math and science, I have always wanted to volunteer and give back to society through social work. I found an amazing opportunity to do this when I secured a volunteer software engineering internship at an award winning-website: UniversalGiving. My decision to intern with UG was sparked by my interest in helping a friend’s family that runs training programs for people interested in social work and teaches them social entrepreneurship in India. I also wanted to know what I can do as a software … Continue reading Good Philanthropy is Holistic Philanthropy: an Interview With Pamela Hawley
It’s that exciting time of year again–back to school! Yet at UniversalGiving, we remind ourselves that an education is not a given for many children around the world. Indeed, some have faced bullets for the right to learn. One Simple Question Malala Asks the World Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who stood up to the Taliban for the right to go to school, asks a simple question the world must answer: “Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard?” How You Can Help Helping every child to go to school is Malala’s “duty.” At … Continue reading “One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen Can Change the World.”
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