“The Power of Giving”

by Charles McWilliams “In order to get something, you first need to give” –Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Many successful businessmen and entrepreneurs practice this basic property of reciprocity. Those who we consider ‘rich’ are often capable of giving much more than those we may consider ‘poor’ and I’m not referring to monetary assets by any means. Those who are ‘rich’ are capable of giving value to others, and this is precisely why they tend to receive so much. Yet, one more important principle works imperatively with the basic properties of reciprocation, especially when applied to human interaction: one must give to give,…

A Good Idea Indeed

By Andrea Xu, Marketing Intern/Executive Assistant to the CEO  In our busy society, it is so easy to forget how far a small, random act of kindness can go. In an age where everyone is glued to his or her iPhones, emails, and personal planners, we have become so absorbed in our own bubbles that sometimes we forget that we are still surrounded in a community, a community where issues such as homelessness are still prevalent. And this is where A Good Idea steps in. A Good Idea encourages positive social change that connects people with others who want to help alleviate…

Philanthropy with a Fashionable Twist

By Andrea Xu, Marketing Intern/Executive Assistant to the CEO As with the rest of the UnivesalGiving team, I love to give back, and have been taught the power of community involvement from an early age. One thing that really drew me to UniversalGiving was the fact that all of these nonprofit organizations that you can volunteer or donate to are top, legitimate organizations from all over the world. Just like UniversalGiving, SelflessTee has shown a creative yet simple way to give back. Started by Danny B., one of the founders of SelfessTee, Danny raised over $11,000 from selling t-shirts, using the funds…

Little Feet takes Big Kick for Change

By Karis Ingram I wasn’t always the most athletic kid growing up, but I did love to play. I remember not being able to wait for break in school, so that I could play handball, kickball or double dutch. Once the recess bell rang, I would race my friends to the playground to get first dibs on a ball. I lived for playing and having fun – it was my life. Playing sports and games helped me improve my health habits, and helped me develop socially, physically, and mentally. I can’t imagine what my childhood would have been like if I had…

Take Part in a Small Step to Change the World

By Cheryl Mahoney Did you watch the Oscars last night?  I was happy about Up, Sandra Bullock, and Star Trek‘s make-up award, so it was a good evening.  And in between the ballgowns and the music, the film clips and the tributes, there was something else I was happy about too. Did you catch the commercial about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone?  They’re helping thousands of at-risk children stay in school, go to college, and succeed.  Or did you see the commercial with Yvon Chouinard, talking about how rock climbers can protect the environment they’re exploring?  These were two inspiring stories…

Cakes for Charity

By Cheryl Mahoney Everybody loves cake, right?  Well, maybe some of us are Pie People, but even someone who prefers apple pie probably enjoys some luscious chocolate fudge cake too.  And we all like free ways to give to a good cause, of course…so how about combining the two?  That’s what you can do through Kelly Ripa’s Cake-Off. Kelly Ripa (you know, of Regis and Kelly) is partnering with TLC’s Cake Boss to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  They baked and decorated five gorgeous cakes (seriously, they’re artwork).  Here’s where you and I come in–head over to the website,…

Helping Others…With Socks

By Cheryl Mahoney I love “giving back” stories about kids.  You might know that.  The blogging team here definitely knows it.  In fact, I learned about my story for today from fellow blogger Anis, who passed it on to me because she knows I like that kind of post. Today’s story starts with socks.  How often do you think about socks?  Shoes are a big deal for some people, but I don’t think most think much about socks.  I don’t.  At least, not until we don’t have them, and then suddenly socks matter.  And unfortunately, socks matter to a lot of people…