By Marina Smith Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International— an organization committed to driving social change efficiently and effectively. SVP has created a network of thousands of individuals dedicated to linking their passions to progress and social change. Shoemaker has made his own impact by connecting people and organizations with the causes they are most passionate about and with the human resources most salient to their missions. In his newly released book CAN’T NOT DO: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World (Wiley), Shoemaker traces the paths of dozens of change-makers who acted on … Continue reading Are You Willing to Go to Hard Places?
by Steven Chang On August 11, 2011, founder & CEO Pamela Hawley led a panel of Fortune 500 Corporate Social Responsibility executives in discussing the innovations and practical lessons learned from launching CSR programs all over the world. We’ve taken the highlights from this exciting event and created shorter videos for your learning and enjoyment! Pamela Hawley on NGO Vetting Here’s what founder & CEO Pamela Hawley had to say about NGO vetting through UniversalGiving™, which has even helped Fortune 500 companies ensure the success of global CSR programs. Secrets to Success: Go Become Famous! Mark Edmunds of Deloitte LLP … Continue reading UniversalGiving at the Commonwealth Club – Video Highlights!
UniversalGiving has partnered with SOCAP12: Making Meaning Matter in San Francisco, a conference featuring the world’s pioneering impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, civic leaders and innovators. This year’s conference takes place October 1-4, 2012, and serves to create intersections where you – with friends and valuable strangers – mobilize resources and capital for good. SOCAP believes that to create the world we want, we have to bring all of our selves to the tasks – from our passion, to our time and talent, to our investment dollars – that’s what it takes to make meaning matter. The themes for this … Continue reading The Intersection of Business and Social: Making Meaning Matter
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”
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 … Continue reading A Good Idea Indeed
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 … Continue reading Philanthropy with a Fashionable Twist
By Andrea Xu, Executive Assistant to the CEO There is always that one person who makes a lasting impact on an individual, whether he or she is a parent, teacher, friend, etc. That one person who helps shape your character, your values, your beliefs, your work ethics. For many, that person was Coach Buehler, a track and field coach at Duke University, an individual who initially to the majority of the world, was simply a coach who truly cared about his athletes. Yet, he was so much more. Coach Buehler has touched the lives of thousands of athletes, ranging from … Continue reading More than a Track and Field Coach