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

Giving Can Increase Connectivity

By Jacqueline Labrador Our world is becoming a small place.  At any one moment we can find out what someone is doing in Tokyo, chat online with another in Brussels or look at a satellite image of a village in Angola.  It seems as though we are a very connected society; and through the internet and social networking websites we are able to stay in touch with others throughout the globe.  But what we seem to be missing out on is deeper connections with others. We have become so reliant on superficial indirect methods of communication that it leaves a … Continue reading Giving Can Increase Connectivity


Here is a testimonial from one of our amazing staff members, Amanda Stephens! She is currently our marketing associate and we are so thrilled to have her on the team! “I first joined UniversalGiving because I was looking to find an internship that would teach me valuable work skills in an environment where giving and volunteering were valued. Over these past 3 years, I have formed amazing connections with some of my fellow interns, staff, and the CEO, too! Everyone has been incredibly supportive of the work that I am doing and I am grateful every day to be surrounded … Continue reading Connections

Driving Change

Our team wouldn’t be half as strong without our staff who work so hard to train interns, manage finances and clients, and keep UniversalGiving running like a well-oiled machine! Below is a testimonial from our Senior Corporate Services Associate, Kristara Bring! We are so grateful for your work, Kristara! “When I found UniversalGiving, I was intrigued by the idea that our work drives change through partnerships with NGOs, corporations, and individuals. It is amazing to know our team is truly making a difference on a daily basis and I love working with such diverse, inspiring individuals.” -Kristara Bring, Senior Corporate Services … Continue reading Driving Change

Members of a Global Society

At UniversalGiving, we choose our employees and interns based on whether they share our mission to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.”™ We are so fortunate to have such a great team right now! Here is a testimonial from Xouhoa, who is currently the manager of corporate services: It’s rare when professional and personal missions perfectly align, but it’s exactly what happened with me and UniversalGiving. I believe the giving – of time, energy, or money – in service of others is the least we can do as members of a global society. … Continue reading Members of a Global Society

The UniversalGiving Vision

The UniversalGiving vision is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.”™ We hope that our mission can inspire others the way it inspired Marina! Here is her testimonial: I needed to have an internship because of my school, and when I saw the UG vision, I knew I would love to be part of it. Being able to work at a place where somehow I’m helping to create a better world is so gratifying. The process of doing the interview was really great, too. The people who I talked to were very … Continue reading The UniversalGiving Vision

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