Are You Willing to Go to Hard Places?

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?

Develop Africa: Sustainable Development in Action

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 AfricaContinue reading “Develop Africa: Sustainable Development in Action”

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Why I Am Involved by Mario Flores Ruiz

Thinking of an explanation for my passion for social change leads me to inevitably think about my family. My father has a passion for politics. Every time I talk to him about the political situation of Peru, my home country, it always leads to a discussion about the factors that impede the integral development of our people, as well as the opportunities that we can use as a country. We always end up with more questions than answers and after every conversation; I can feel my father’s hope for young people to make a change, especially his children, to who he always repeats that the maximum inheritance that he can leave to us as a parent is not money but our education.

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The Power of Video

By Steven Chang The power of video to successfully promote causes, companies, organizations, people, and yes, even cats, on the Internet is hardly a secret. We can see the power of video almost immediately (how many views/hits did you get?), and we can also see the power of video in our everyday lives (when was the last time you asked a question beginning with, “have you seen that one video…?”). But how do videos become popular? Two videos that use the same outreach methods – email, social media, word of mouth, live presentation – may not necessarily have the same … Continue reading The Power of Video