Finding Peace in India

By Janet Oh*  “Ear clean?  Rickshaw?  Guesthouse?  Boat ride?”  After travelling in India for a week, I needed a break from being a tourist.  The constant offers for services and subsequent haggling was exhausting.  I soon developed a habit of avoiding eye contact, looking down, and just shaking my head “no.”  In trying to develop some street smarts, I had also lost my sense of humor. On a flight from Udaipur to Varanasi I met another traveler, Tanya, from Switzerland.  Tanya caught my attention immediately.  She was smiling, laughing, and just generally having a great time.  She was the traveler I … Continue reading Finding Peace in India

Inspiring Change Through Photography

By: Kristine Morales How can art impact social change?  As the desire for a better world becomes a more imaginable future, artists are realizing that creativity can inspire and educate people around the globe. Nuru Project is an organization that utilizes photography as a way  to create a difference  in developing nations.  Through photography auctions, the organization creates opportunities for socially involved photographers to become agents of change.  Donated works are auctioned and 100% of the proceeds are distributed to a charity featuring the show’s theme usually related to the devastating poverty in developing countries. The concept is an innovative … Continue reading Inspiring Change Through Photography

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

Connections

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