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?

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

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 … Continue reading UniversalGiving at the Commonwealth Club – Video Highlights!

How to Use Technology to Recruit Volunteers

Today’s guest post is from Clarissa Meyer.             There are hundreds, if not thousands, of non-profit, charity, or community organizations in the world. And while some have paid positions, most rely heavily on volunteers to keep their operations running. Girl Guides of Canada is nothing without adults running camps and meetings. Habitat for Humanity cannot survive without people willing to lift, tote, and hammer boards. But how do these organizations find and keep volunteers? In the old days it was through bulletin board notices and phone calls. But in our fast-paced, modern world those strategies are not feasible. The volunteer … Continue reading How to Use Technology to Recruit Volunteers

An Exciting Trip to Synergos with the Global Philanthropists Circle

Today’s post is from UniversalGiving’s Founder and CEO, Pamela Hawley. I recently attended the Synergos Conference in New York, where we were invited amongst 100 global donors.  I wanted to share some exciting insights with you! We’ve been honored now to be invited for our 6th year in a row, as part of Synergos.  Synergos is a group that brings together global leaders who want to give effectively in developing nations all over the world. At the same time, it also supports social innovators in more than 40 countries through their Senior Fellows program.  They are social leaders who sincerely and … Continue reading An Exciting Trip to Synergos with the Global Philanthropists Circle

A Valid Comparison of Science and Philanthropy?

By Sarah Keyston As fellow UG Team Member Ranjani noted previously, nonprofits and governments can have an even greater impact when they work together to achieve growth and development. I am an International Development Studies major at UCLA, and I investigated these collaborative possibilities in a recent class. The seminar, entitled “Entrepreneurship and Social Change in the Global Context,” turned out to focus on the biotech and nanotech industries, rather than on international philanthropy (as I had hoped would be the case!). Even so, in my final paper, I was able to combine my interest in international nonprofits with our … Continue reading A Valid Comparison of Science and Philanthropy?

How to Teach a Computer

By Cheryl Mahoney Sometimes I wish that my computer could be just a little bit smarter.  You know, when a search engine returns something completely random, like a picture of a llama after I put in a celebrity’s name (that really happened to me once!)  I can’t explain why that sort of thing happens, but apparently computers have a lot they still need to learn.  We don’t want them to be TOO smart of course–think of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey–but if you’re willing to take that chance and help computers learn more about solving problems, now there’s a … Continue reading How to Teach a Computer