Living and Giving

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I'm Pamela

An entrepreneur, a global volunteer, and philanthropist with a passion to “inspire leaders with excellence and with love!”®.

Philanthropy Girl

Pamela experienced her calling to give back and inspire people on a global scale at the age of twelve. After experiencing life-changing poverty on a family vacationShe and her father were in a marketplace and looked down a side cul-de-sac where she saw a whole line of half-clothed, begging, unwashed, starving children. 

The word UNACCEPTABLE came across her mind and stayed there. This experience led her to volunteer all over the world and eventually she create UniversalGiving, one of her life-callings. 

Some of Pamela’s many volunteer experiences include working with microfinance in rural India, sustainable farming in Guatemala, earthquake relief work in El Salvador, and computer training in Cambodia.

"Leadership is not about talking,
but about listening"

Pamela Hawley Signature


Founding UniversalGiving®

Pamela founded UniversalGiving®, an award-winning social enterprisewhose vision is to “Create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday life.”™ UniversalGiving®’s web-based service helps people give and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world. Through her experience, passion and her leadership, UniversalGiving® was featured on the homepage of Bloomberg,, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. UniversalGiving® also has been featured in more than 16 books, including the new edition Harvard Business Review Book, HBR Guide to Delivering Effective Feedback, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive, and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s Giving 2.0. 

Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service), and has been invited to three Social Innovation events at the White House. She is a Colburn S. Wilbur Fellow through the Institute for Global Ethics and a Webby Award Honoree. She has a Political Science degree cum laude from Duke University and a Masters in International Communication from the Annenberg School of Communications, USC.She is a guest lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley and USC. Pamela speaks on Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, Volunteerism, World Economics/Cultures, and how these affect business and global philanthropy.