Our world is in crisis. Millions of our fellow humans are fleeing their homes, seeking shelter in countries far from the lands, people, and lives that they have always known. As violence escalates in Syria, millions flee for fear of the civil war that ravages their country. What Can You Do to Address this Crisis? 1. Get Educated: Read and learn about the world around you. Find out what Mercy Corps is doing to address the crisis, and join hands with the thousands of other people fighting to protect the basic human needs and rights of our global community. 2. Join Our … Continue reading Our World, Our Community: The Syrian Refugee Crisis
This past week, Pope Francis made a much anticipated and historic visit to the US. His visit to our nation’s capital was highlighted by an address to Congress, during which he called on Congress to enact change about an issue that involves all of us: the world’s climate. As a global community, we must stand together on this issue: our world is for all of us, and every action we take to improve our global environment is a gift to all of humanity. Pope Francis’ call to action reminds us that “climate change is a problem that can no longer be left … Continue reading “Care for Our Common Home”: Climate Change Impacts Our Global Community
Today, on September 21, the United Nations Peace Bell rings in World Peace Day, dedicated to the sustainable reduction of war. Though pessimism may dominate your newsfeed, data shows that the world is moving increasingly closer to realizing the dream of peace. We’re Closer to World Peace Than Ever Before According to prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, over the last 50 years, death from war has plummeted. The number of people killed in war is down 50% this decade compared to the 1990s. While there were less than 20 democracies in 1946, there are close to 100 today. Genocide deaths per … Continue reading Today is World Peace Day: Give Peace a Chance
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?
… Tourism shouldn’t be about the tourist, but about the culture and the locals you are visiting. Continue reading A New Kind of Tourism
I had always thought that I needed at least a Master’s degree before I could actually make a difference in the world; Yet, SIM’s employees had accomplished more than I ever had, and with only a high school diploma and a dream. Continue reading Change Can Be Made Right Here, Right Now
UniversalGiving® is proud to partner with worthy organizations committed to sustainable, meaningful, and impactful development. Our mission is to connect people all over the globe to quality giving and volunteer opportunities worldwide. That mission is why we are so excited to announce a generous corporate donation to one of our incredible partner organizations: Develop Africa. Continue reading “Develop Africa: Sustainable Development in Action”