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

Make a Wish Come True

By Cheryl Mahoney “People want to help people.” This was a thought expressed by Dave Girgenti in a recent USA Today article: “Website Connects Needy to the Charitable.”  Girgenti is the founder of Wish Upon a Hero, which does just what the USA Today headline suggests: connecting people in need with people who want to help. Wish Upon a Hero is a website where anyone can post their wish–and anyone can help fulfill it.  I glanced over the wishes on the front page, and found requests for gifts for family members, pleas for help to make a rent payment, hope … Continue reading Make a Wish Come True

When A Present Meets Practicality

By Sarah Scott This past Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the UniversalGiving team came together to create 24 care packages filled with items like bottled water, toothpaste, chapstick, and granola bars. Everyone signed up to bring a 24-count of one or two items (i.e. 24 toothbrushes) so as to evenly distribute the cost of these presents. The result? In order to learn about how such an amazing project came about, I turned to the Manager of Corporate Client Services at UniversalGiving, Xouhoa Bowen, for the insider scoop. Xouhoa came up with the idea for this event during an office brainstorm where the team tried to come to … Continue reading When A Present Meets Practicality

A Lesson in Giving From the Great Depression

By Cheryl Mahoney Many have made comparisons between our current economic situation and the Great Depression of the 1930s.  I recently read a wonderful article in The New York Times that took a slightly different angle on this subject: looking back to the Great Depression for an example of how to give during a hard time. Ted Gup wrote an Op-Ed piece for The Times about a story of giving from the Great Depression.  Just before Christmas in 1933, a letter appeared in the local newspaper in Canton, Ohio, inviting those in need of relief to write in with their … Continue reading A Lesson in Giving From the Great Depression

How a Day of Volunteering Changed the Way I Travel

UniversalGiving is proud to support Give a Day Global, an amazing organization providing short-term volunteer opportunities for people who want to enrich their travel experiences. Below is a post from our guest blogger, Kerry Rodgers, who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Give a Day Global about the story behind this organization. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 – one of my traveling companions had a personal connection and invited us to join him for the afternoon. The … Continue reading How a Day of Volunteering Changed the Way I Travel