UniversalGiving at the Commonwealth Club – Video Highlights!

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 gave an especially creative & insightful response when Pamela asked him to share his “words of wisdom” regarding global CSR. We’d like to share it with you!

Global CSR Benefits: The Bottom Line

Not only does CSR create positive social outcome, but it also contributes to a company’s bottom line. Here’s how Pamela and Gabriele Zedlmayer of Hewlett-Packard explained it.

Global CSR Challenges: Co-Chairs & Cross-Training

One of these challenges of CSR is operating global CSR programs led solely by employee volunteers. Pamela Hawley and Trisa Thompson of Dell, Inc. explored the topic of cross-training and co-chairs on a global level.

The Commonwealth Club of California has been hosting public forums with exciting speakers for more than 100 years. More information on the Commonwealth Club of California can be found here.


Five Publishing Industry-Sponsored Efforts to Help Japan

 Guest Post by Pamelia Brown

Even though it’s been over a month since Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami which wreaked havoc on the country’s population and infrastructure, that country still needs aid as much as possible.

As a writer, I’ve been following the situation closely, and I have been pleased to see how the publishing industry has banded together to offer its own humble help. If you’re interested in books, then you should consider supporting some of these aid initiatives and the people behind them. Although some aid campaigns have come and gone, you can still show your gratitude by contacting these groups, buying their products, or sending a donation in their name.

2:46 Quakebook

2:46 Quakebook is basically a Twitter-sourced book that is being sold to raise funds for Red Cross Japan. Basically, it is a book that consists of collected Tweets of those on the ground in Japan the moment the earthquake struck, as well as afterwards. Put together by OurManInAbiko, the book is selling on Amazon for Kindle for $9.99. Of the book, Abiko says, “The primary goal is to record the moment, and in doing so raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the thousands of homeless, hungry and cold survivors of the earthquake and tsunami.”

Melville House’s Banana for Japan Campaign

New Yorkindependent publisher Melville House has announced a “Banana for Japan” campaign. Essentially, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the forthcoming novel Lake by Banana Yoshimoto will go towards Japan disaster relief. Although the book doesn’t come out until May, you can find pre-order information here. Shortly after announcing this campaign, Melville House donated $5,000 from sales of all its catalogue to Japan. If anything, this is a publishing house worth supporting.

Chronicle Books Bake Sale

Another publisher, this one based in San Francisco, did its small part by having a bake sale on March 21st. The publisher matched 100% of the proceeds of the sale. If you’re interested in supporting this publisher because of the charitable work they’ve done (they raised over $3,000 from this bake sale!), please consider visiting their website and make a purchase; they sell all sorts of books.

Authors for Japan

In an amazing show of solidarity and generosity, over 150 authors banded together to create Authors for Japan, an online auction that raised over $19,000 for relief efforts. These authors donated their books and other services, ranging from signed first editions to six months of tutoring a child, so that they could raise this much money for Japan. The auction is over, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean you cannot browse the list of items that were up for auction. If you see something that interests you, be sure to contact that author and support him or her by buying a book!


Finally, there’s Heidi R. Kling, author of young adult books. She wrote Sea shortly after the Indonesian tsunami of 2004, and she has recently stated on her blog that starting on March 18th, she will donate 20% of profits from new sales of the book to Japan’s chapter of Doctors Without Borders. The book has gotten really great reviews from many mainstream review outlets, so it’s definitely worth a read, especially if you have a teenage son or daughter.

This guest contribution was submitted by Pamelia Brown, who specializes in writing about associates degree. Questions and comments can be sent to: pamelia.brown@gmail.com.

UniversalGiving’s CEO to Speak at the Commonwealth Club

By Cheryl Mahoney

Interested in attending an event focused on corporate social responsibility?  Want to learn more about ethics in business?  Then you should come out to hear UniversalGiving’s CEO, Pamela Hawley, speak at the Commonwealth Club!

The Commonwealth Club has been hosting public forums with exciting speakers for more than 100 years.  On August 11th, our CEO will be speaking there.  Here’s the description of the event from their website:

The Leading Edge for Corporate Social Responsibility
Setting the Bar for Ethical Business Conduct
Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO, UniversalGiving

Winner of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Hawley assists companies, including Cisco, with their corporate social responsibility programs all over the world. Her web-based marketplace for volunteers, donors and companies has been profiled on CBS, in BusinessWeek and on Oprah.com. This is a must-attend program for all who believe in social responsibility and corporate engagement.

MLF: Business & Leadership

SF Club Office
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Date: August 11th
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $8 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

Program Organizer: Ann Clark

For tickets and more information, visit https://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/open.asp?show=1809 or call (415) 597-6700.  We hope you can come!

Lessons Learned from “When She Speaks”

By Cheryl Mahoney

Last week, our CEO Pamela Hawley was honored to speak on a panel for When She Speaks.  This event was sponsored by RAL & Associates, a career and leadership development firm, in association with Full Circle Fund.  The topic under discussion was Women Leadership.

If you’re thinking that you would have loved to learn about Women Leadership, but you didn’t have a chance to attend–don’t worry!  Bobbie La Porte from When She Speaks kindly shared some notes on key points discussed at the event:

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Please join me in thanking our hosts at PG&E and our partners at Charles Schwab, Deloitte, IBM, Salesforce.com, McKesson and the Full Circle Fund for their continued support of this series. And please also join me in thanking our accomplished and inspiring speakers for candidly sharing their perspectives and insights on such a fascinating topic!
           Moderator Kerrie Halmi, The St. Charles Consulting Group
           Panelist  Pamela Hawley, CEO, UniversalGiving
           Panelist  Jenny Cheng, Vice President, Salesforce.com
           Panelist  Jennifer Dowdell, Director, PG&E
           Panelist  Cheryl Williams, Manager, McKesson Corporation
           Panelist  Dara Bazzano, Audit Partner, KPMG
The panelists shared their insights about the approaches and practices they use in their roles in business to support and drive sustainability. Some of their key points included the following:

(1)     How are women’s and men’s leadership styles different?

–          it’s important to acknowledge your individual skills and strengths when it comes to your leadership style and not so much gender
–          your personal communications style and approach can be an important element of your leadership style and this can be different for men than women
–          there are stereotypes of women vs. men that you need to be aware of and know that some behaviors may not be as successful for women as men (like being seen as aggressive) in corporate culture
–          know that leadership skills can be developed; there are no “natural born” leaders

(2)     What are elements of ideal leadership styles?

–          being flexible and adaptable; women ate socialized to be adaptable and flexible
–          recognizing people who are more talented than you (as the leader) and support and development them
–          good coaching skills
–          being good “connectors”
–          being gentle but strong; kind but firm
–          being yourself, authentic; you need to decide if you want to play the corporate “competitive” game; find what works for you
–          hold your “confidence”, think about how you display that
–          know your values and if they are aligned with the corporate culture you are in; is it a good fit for you?

(3)     How do you develop your leadership style?

–          learn how to influence
–          find mentors to work with you
–          be open to approaching and learning things differently
–          don’t assume that what motivate you motivates everyone else; respect everyone and their differences
–          make your boss your advocate; help him/her succeed
–          use multiple sources of coaching and advice
–          don’t associate leading with any level in the organization; you can lead from any position, don’t wait – use the tools you have now
–          don’t hesitate to ask for help – and learn from others!

Please join us next month at McKesson when our topic will be: “Politics in the Workplace: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.

UniversalGiving’s CEO To Speak at NetSquared Event

By Cheryl Mahoney

We’re pleased to announce that our CEO, Pamela Hawley, will be speaking at a NetSquared event this evening, titled “The New Volunteerism.”  Here’s the information:

The New Volunteerism: How to plug into cool projects in your community. We’ll have several speakers talk about how to use new online tools to bring meaningful change right down to your own city block.

Location: TechSoup Global Offices, San Francisco

Pamela Hawley, Founder, UniversalGiving™
John Power, Executive Director, The Volunteer Center
Robert Rosenthal, Director of Communications, VolunteerMatch

6:00 – 6:30 Doors Open, Mixer
6:30 – 6:45 Pamela Hawley
6:45 – 7:00 Q & A
7:00 – 7:15 John Powers
7:15 – 7:30 Q & A
7:30 – 7:45 Robert Rosenthal
7:45 – 8:00 Q & A
8:00pm Wrap-Up

If you can’t attend, you can watch the video!

Still curious to know what it’s all about?  Find out more.

Storytellers for Good

by Anis Salvesen

Turn on your local news anywhere, and you will be bombarded with so much negativity you will marvel at the fact that mankind has not yet self-destructed.  It’s depressing, but what can you do? All media companies focus on the negative.  It’s just how the media works; the more tragedy and fear you can dredge up, the better the ratings, right?

Well, an amazing nonprofit team of journalists and photographers is seeking to change that. Their organization, Storytellers for Good, promotes stories of people and organizations making a positive difference in the world.  They aim to harness the power of well-told, inspiring stories to create a better world.

Who wouldn’t want to be part of that movement?  It’s a no-brainer.  But what about the effort?   It’s actually really easy to get involved.   I’ll tell you how, but first answer the following questions:

1) Do you like celebrations?

2) Do you like prizes?

3) Do you like being inspired?

If you responded in the affirmative to any of these questions, and you live in the Bay Area, you simply must join the celebration this Sunday, March 14th. Storytellers for Good will be holding their launch event at 111 Minna in San Francisco. Entrance is free, but there will also be a raffle and silent auction.

Where is the money being raised going? That’s the coolest part; the money raised (a $10,000 goal for 2010), will provide videos for 5 Bay Area nonprofits.  These videos will help the nonprofits share their stories in a very powerful way.  Five local nonprofits will share their inspiring work at this event, and everyone will then have an opportunity to vote for one of the five to win a free video from Storytellers for Good!

What if the nonprofit you vote for doesn’t win? Each of the 4 nonprofits who don’t win Sunday night will still be entered as candidates for the video campaign.

Can’t attend the party but still want to be involved in the video campaign? You can write cara@storytellersforgood.com if you have a non-profit you’d like to nominate.

So mark your calendars for Sunday, March 14th from 7 – 10 p.m. at 111 Minna in San Francisco.

See  you there!

Castilleja Global Week (a look back at our future)

by Anis Salvesen

When I see natural disasters and wars in the news, it makes me wonder for a moment if the planet is headed on a steady path to its ultimate destruction.   Pretty bleak thoughts, I know.

That’s why I am so glad I attended the last day of Global Week at Castilleja School , an all-girls high school in Palo Alto a few weeks ago.  Global Week is an annual event during which the entire school devotes an entire week to examining global issues through a series of workshops, films, speakers, class projects, readings, service opportunities and panel discussions.

This year’s Global Week opened with a live stream cast of two-time Pulitzer prize winning author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof talking to students about his most recent book Half the Sky. Another wonderful speaker was Dr. James Fearon, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, who gave the girls an overview of  causes of civil wars and engaged them in a question and answer session.  One last speaker I will mention is BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford, who talked about the psychology of social media and the ways in which technology and media can be used to influence people.

Can you imagine a week of such great speakers?  I would almost be willing to go back to high school to experience it.  But I’ll settle for my great experience attending the final day of Global Week.

Seeing all of those young women excited about changing the world, already making a positive impact on their community and beyond, was just such a rush.  Sitting in the Castilleja auditorium, trying to suppress memories of my own socially awkward teen years, I was blown away by two of the students on the stage who were actually amongst the panelists.  And the panelists, the majority Castilleja alumnae, were doing the most fascinating work you can imagine. Below is a list of the panelists, who as you can see are amazing, amazing women* making such a positive impact on the world.

  • Transitional Justice in Central Africa – Myriam Khaldi, Lawyers Without Borders
  • Counterterroism – Malin Bogue , British Parliament
  • Coming of Age: Spirituality Through Work and Writing – Suruchi Mohan
  • Philanthropy: Leading us to a World of Trust – Pamela Hawley , UniversalGiving
  • Creating Peace through Art – Darlene Markovich, Missing Peace Project
  • Bridging the “Gap”: The Youth Service Movement – Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year
  • Caring for AIDS Orphans in South Africa – Tara Hopwood , Acres of Love
  • Leadership and Empowerment for Girls in India – Saima Hasan , Roshni Academy
  • Innovating Peace: peace.castilleja.org – Malaika Ramachandran  and Sarah Felleman
  • YES: Yoga, Empowerment and Leadership – Ben Henretig*

Did you notice our CEO Pamela Hawley’s name in the list of panelists above?  She gave two great workshops the last day of Global Week.  The questions the girls asked impressed me.  One of the younger girls in one workshop, for example, noted that Pamela mentioned Brazil as the world’s largest producer of ethanol fuel and asked, “What are the environmental repercussions of using ethanol fuel versus more traditional energy sources like fuel oil and how will that play out politically?”

I’m actually paraphrasing the kid, but I’m telling you, these girls are sharp.  Luckily for us, they are our future.  They are engaged; they are energized.  And they are going to change our world.  Are you ready?