Gratitude and Giving

By Cheryl Mahoney I don’t expect many people to read this post the day it goes up.  I don’t expect many people to be on the internet on that day either.  I won’t be–I’m typing this on Wednesday, not Thursday, though thanks to delayed publishing that’s the date you’ll be seeing at the top.  I don’t expect many people to be reading on Thursday because, as I likely don’t need to tell you, Thursday happens to be Thanksgiving.  And I expect people will be a little too busy to be reading. Busy with turkeys, and football games, and traditions, and long-distance calls…

Not my Problem (?)

by Anis Salvesen Recently my husband and I attended a friend’s wedding in India – in Chennai (formerly Madras).   The foreign guests, like us, had met the groom in graduate school.   Our little group consisted of the following:  a Finnish girl who spent most of her life in Germany but was now living in Switzerland with her German boyfriend (also in attendance), a Japanese girl, a fellow whose parents were German but had been born in South Africa and had been living in Italy since the early ‘90s, a Hispanic-American (me) and my Norwegian husband. As you may know, Indian weddings last…

All Together for Good

By Cheryl Mahoney Lately I’ve had a lot to say about ways to volunteer from home.  And we all know that if you want to cross borders and travel to exciting places to do your volunteering, UniversalGiving is your best destination.  So how about if you want something in between?  You’re happy to go outside, but can’t commit to a trip to Kenya right now–where do you go for that?  Well, UniversalGiving actually does have some national opportunities…and I also want to share with you about one of our latest partner organizations that can help you find the perfect way to do…

Transforming Philanthropy with UniversalGiving

By Sarah Keyston Our Founder and CEO, Pamela Hawley, recently sat down with Teju Ravilochan of the Unreasonable Institute. She discussed the vision, model, and impact of UniversalGiving during the interview. To see a video of their talk, visit the SoCap Blog or the Unreasonable Blog–or both! Continue reading for some of the content of the interview: I learned at The Feast Conference in NYC that 60% of Americans think we will not leave the world a better place than we found it. Pamela Hawley is trying to change that. Pamela is the founder of Universal Giving, a free, online marketplace connecting people with the…

One Web Day Is Here!

By Cheryl Mahoney If you’ve been with us for a little while, you probably read my post last month about One Web Day, the day dedicated to celebrating the internet.  You may also have noticed our new page titled “Spread the Web,” with opportunities to do exactly that–spread the internet. Now’s the day to take advantage of those opportunities, because it’s September 22nd, and One Web Day has arrived.  One Web Day was founded in 2006 by Susan Crawford, President Obama’s current technology policy adviser.  She described Earth Day as her model for One Web Day, so as we consider how we might…

Travel the World for Peace

By Cheryl Mahoney Have you ever thought about traveling around the world?  Maybe, like me, you have a list of countries you’d like to visit.  But have you ever imagined traveling to dozens of countries on one trip, traveling with a group of dedicated activists, and doing it all to support a vital cause?  If you have, then maybe you’ve imagined the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. Here’s the brief statistics: 90 days, 90 countries, 6 continents (Antarctica included), 99,419 miles.  The plan is to travel by land, air and sea, by bicycle, train, plane, canoe, and more.  There’s a base group of…

Mozilla Service Week

By Sarah Keyston I would consider myself a pretty tech-savvy person, having grown up in the Internet generation. I find myself helping my mom out a lot with computer-related things… she swears sometimes that technology is out to get her! There are some things, however, like designing a website or dealing with a faulty wireless network, that even I cannot figure out. It’s often difficult to solve technical problems—first I face the question of what type of service company to call, then spend frustrated hours on the phone with unhelpful automated systems rather than real people—and a lot of the time, I…