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

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

Great Charity Events from Fraternities and Sororities

Today’s guest post is from Alvina Lopez. A hallmark of all university Panhellenic groups is community service and charity. Every year, thousands of member students across the United States commit their time to furthering hundreds of different causes. Whether big or small, these charity and volunteer programs always make a positive impact in the lives of others and are what make Greek life so vital for a college town and its surrounding area. Every event is significant in its purpose and deserves to be highlighted. Alas, there are so many, it would be impossible to ever cover them all, so … Continue reading Great Charity Events from Fraternities and Sororities

How to Get Children Involved in Volunteering

Today’s post is a guest article from Kate Croston. No matter how young or old you are, volunteering is one of the single most rewarding and impacting experiences you can have. Helping those who are less fortunate than us not only puts our own blessings in perspective, making us more appreciative of the lives we’ve been fortunate enough to have, but it also is very emotionally gratifying as well, building us into stronger and more compassionate people. This is why it’s so important to help our kids understand the importance of volunteering early on. You might meet some initial resistance … Continue reading How to Get Children Involved in Volunteering

“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 … Continue reading “The Power of Giving”