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Goodnet: How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause Part I

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This is Part I of our series from Goodnet, a socially conscious magazine, with an article on \”How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause.\”


So you want to pitch in and make the world a better place, but you’re not quite sure where to start? With thousands of volunteer organizations around the world working on various projects, and just as many charities taking donations, it’s really no wonder. How are we meant to know where our hours or our dollars would be best spent?

Enter UniversalGiving, the award-winning nonprofit that allows people to donate and volunteer with top performing, vetted organizations all over the world. In this week’s 10 Good Questions, the organization’s founder and CEO Pamela Hawley tells Goodnet about how UniversalGiving guarantees social impact, what makes their model different, and her biggest good doer inspiration – her mom.

1. What is your organization’s mission?

At UniversalGiving, we connect people to quality giving and volunteer opportunities worldwide. Our web-based platform allows donors and volunteers to connect with nonprofit organizations working all over the world! To date we have matched more than a $31 million dollars worth of volunteer hours. All projects are vetted through UniversalGiving’s proprietary Quality Model™.


CEO Pamela Hawley talks giving with a UniversalGiving board member 

2. What makes you guys different from the rest?

We’re unique in that 100% of every donation made through UniversalGiving goes directly to the cause. We’re financially sustainable through UniversalGiving Corporate, which assists Fortune 500 companies in scaling their global CSR programs worldwide. Some of our key clients include Cisco, Gap, BHP Billiton, and RSF Social Finance.

3. What three words describe your organization?

At UniversalGiving, we constantly work towards and emphasize our core values: Listening, Measurable Results, and Inspiration. We take time to listen sincerely to each person whether they be a team member, client, NGO partner, corporation, or board member. We consistently measure our results to ensure we are meeting all goals and objectives. And perhaps most importantly, we believe in being inspired and inspiring others through joy, graciousness, and goodness in our daily work.


The UniversalGiving Team takes a break from doing good



Stay tuned for the next installment of Goodnet: \”How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause\” this Wednesday!

Can\’t wait? See the full article here.