The Intersection of Business and Social: Making Meaning Matter

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

A Good Idea Indeed

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

Convierte Lagrimas en Sonrisas – Turn Tears into Smiles

By Whittney Tom The Burned Children Care Foundation presents us with an example of inspiration and action. Vivian Pellas was directly affected by the painful remnants of burns after a plane crash in Honduras. She was inspired to take action, therefore she founded APROQUEN in Central America to address the global health crisis of burns. Startlingly, fires kill more school-aged children in one year than tuberculosis or malaria. The Burned Children Care Foundation has provided over 300,000 complimentary health services to the burned children of Nicaragua and greater Central America. In order to exponentially effect Central America’s public health crisis … Continue reading Convierte Lagrimas en Sonrisas – Turn Tears into Smiles

Muoy You Fully Understands the Importance of Education

By Kyle Daley Growing up in poverty in Cambodia, during the Vietnam War, Muoy You recalls living in a squatters’ shack where she turned to books and studying as a means of escape.  In the early 70’s, You won a scholarship to study in France. During her time in Europe, You’s parents and siblings were among the 2 million victims in the Pol Pot’s killing fields. Over the next 20 years, You focused on raising a family and serving as a teacher in Africa and in the Middle East. Now back in her native Cambodia, You established the Seametrey Children’s … Continue reading Muoy You Fully Understands the Importance of Education

Mobile Layaway Programs: Helping to Make Investment Possible

By Katie Brigham Innovative new technology oftentimes has the ability pay for itself  (and more!) over time. For example, KickStart’s low-cost irrigation pump has the potential to move African farmers away from a dependence on “rain-fed” agriculture, and allow entrepreneurial farmers to make money as they take greater control over their crop production. However, for the extremely poor, saving enough money to make an investment in a new technology such as a KickStart pump is highly improbable. Consider the fact that out of the 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 per day, only 10% have access to a bank … Continue reading Mobile Layaway Programs: Helping to Make Investment Possible

Bridging the World Together

By Andrea Xu, Marketing Intern and Executive Assistant to the CEO During my senior year in high school, I experienced my first identity crisis. Since I was 10 years old, I had been set on becoming a pediatric oncologist, outlining my future and mapping it out perfectly. It was when I was applying to colleges that I realized that medicine was not for me, initiating Operation Freak-Out. While I was fortunate enough to figure out where my true passions lied upon my first year in college, I know that some are not so lucky, bouncing around from major to major … Continue reading Bridging the World Together


By Kyle Daley For most kids, summertime brings the joy of youth sports programs; where friendships are born, skills are honed, and life lessons of teamwork are learned. These programs offer an opportunity for kids to get out of the doldrums of a long summer day and become active in a sport they love. But for a majority of those in the inner city, these sports programs are a world away. That was until Cle Ross came into play. A former professional baseball player with the Texas Rangers, Ross returned to his Kansas City roots and was in despair when … Continue reading PROFILE OF CLE ROSS, BUILDER OF A FIELD OF DREAMS