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  • Computers & Technology
  • International


655 Montgomery StreetSuite 7-102San Francisco, CA 94111 United States

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Mission Statement

We envision a world where giving and volunteering is a natural part of everyday life.


UniversalGiving is a social entrepreneurship non-profit that connects donors and volunteers with quality, international organizations through a customized, searchable website. UniversalGiving is unique; it has a Quality Model, a no-cut policy on donations, and the only service targeting both volunteers and donors. UniversalGiving also provides a customized service for corporations who manage international volunteering and giving programs, as well as for investment banks and high net-worth clients interested in strategic philanthropy.


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by Nico R. (April 24, 2017)
I really didn't get a response back, so I was unsure of what was happening for the process, but obviously they didn't pick me.
by Park J. (February 8, 2017)
I've been volunteering with Universal Giving for a month. Although it was very short time, I really loved everything of Universal Giving, especially team members. Everyone was nice, kind, and friendly.I could get a positive mind through this volunteering. Universal Giving gave me opportunities to think about helping people and how to contribute my abilities. I should recommend Universal Giving to someone who wants to get an amazing experience and good effects for working.
by Aidan D. (September 8, 2016)
UniversalGiving empowers people through the trust they place in them and the people they surround them with. After my internship I feel much more equipped with the skills and understanding necessary to attack the world’s most pressing problems. I worked as an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Intern the summer of 2016. UniversalGiving--and CEO Pamela Hawley in particular--have trusted me with tasks that have allowed me to grow tremendously. My first week I was assigned with the tasks that I would work on throughout the summer. Writing reports on our web traffic data, managing our general inquiries account, co-managing our google Adwords account, and compiling a report on our website that focused on how people flow through it have been great opportunities for me to develop much desired skills. Most companies would through me meaningless work, but UniversalGiving believed in my ability to learn and complete difficult tasks. That sense of trust and empowerment guided me the whole summ
by Laika L. from Grinnell, IA (August 5, 2016)
I very much enjoyed interning at UniversalGiving! It was a great environment to grow and develop professionally and personally. I highly recommend joining UniversalGiving whether it is for a day or for months. Definitely worth it :)
by Julia L. (December 23, 2015)
I'm an internship for almost more than two months. To work here, I can feel UniversalGiving have high passion about their job and create connection for each other. Also, everyone works closely and friendly in the office. I love their mission, to connect people to quality giving and volunteer opportunities worldwide. They not only make giving and volunteer opportunities but with quality in the world. :) I really enjoy the moment working here.
by Keita M. from JP (November 2, 2015)
I had an internship program here, at Web Development department this summer. I’m sure that UniversalGiving is the greatest non-profit I have ever concerned with, and am grateful and honored that I could take part in the team. I was really impressed with that UniversalGiving has clear thought for their goal; worldwide partnerships, with all of the members being serious and enthusiastic about their concerns. I couldn’t be unserious in this atmosphere. At the same time, the team extended a great welcome to me, and kindly taught me their way of doing. I was certainly relieved from worrying about my first experience of internship, especially I had never been out of Japan. Now I have got back to Japan and I’m only a student. However, all of what I learned there will remain as great lessons in my mind, and I will, want to continue to contribute to the team in the days ahead!
by Shanna M. (May 13, 2015)
UniversalGiving is an amazing nonprofit that truly does the most. Led by the very philanthropic, very approachable CEO Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving stresses the importance of working as a collective unit of people rather than working on one's own tasks and forgetting the rest. As an intern for several months, I was able to collaborate with a number of people in different projects from recruitment to website design to general assistance to Pamela. On the NGO side, UniversalGiving provides to a score of different missions worldwide. They set goals to assist the missions in an effective and timely manner. I highly recommend UniversalGiving!
by Lih Seng G. (May 8, 2015)
This is a company that utilizes and maximizes your potential. I have interned here for over 3 months now and the experience has been very educational for me. UniversalGiving has definitely help me discern what steps I should take in my future path to grow professionally as well as personally. I'm engaged with productive work daily and I know that my contribution to this organization has an impact. Also, the people who work here are very friendly and brighten up the office environment.
by Andrea A. from Coral Springs, FL (September 1, 2014)
I'm most excited to encourage my family to donate time and/or money towards educational equity for our youth across the globe, motivate friends to volunteer abroad with any initiative that touches their heart, network with professionals to bring Education into focus with Hellen Keller International, as well as spearhead a cause of my own inspiration for Colombian women and youth. The UniversalGiving™ user-friendly website allows anyone to easily search for causes, which also exposes a progressively effective community outreach approach. UniversalGiving™ is a compelling organization inspiring everyone to be global change-agents. A world filled with these change-agents will create a world of peace and prosperity.
by Calvin H. (August 29, 2014)
A great organization with a great mission. I've been volunteering as an intern at UniversalGiving for about 3 months and enjoyed every moment of it! It's been an absolute pleasure getting hands on experience in working with such a collaborative and bright team.
by Erika P. (August 25, 2014)
I was very lucky to receive an internship here. I have a disability and Universal Giving went out of their way to accommodate my unique needs. All the people who volunteered here were an incredible combination of amazingly talented and friendly, outgoing and kind showing it is possible to have the best of both worlds. This is an excellent balance or opportunity for both day to day work and project management building skills. This results in Universal Giving generating future leaders and teaching the best quality assurance and the highest industry standards.
by Jeanette C. (August 14, 2014)
I have enjoyed my summer internship at UniversalGiving immensely! The atmosphere is very conductive to learning because everyone from my fellow interns to the CEO is eager to help. UniversalGiving's business model allows 100% of all donations to go directly to NGOs and the people who need it, which makes it so much easier to give and volunteer. I look forward to continuing working with UniversalGiving on a more limited basis.
by Lindsay R. (August 12, 2014)
This summer I had the opportunity to work with UniversalGiving as an Operations and Administrative Intern and I look forward to remaining involved with UniversalGiving on a more limited basis. UniversalGiving provided invaluable training and guidance and then gave me the freedom and responsibility to perform tasks that made a real contribution to the organization. I thoroughly enjoyed working amongst a motivated, dedicated, and innovative group of people who truly believe in social entrepreneurship and helping our global community.
by Amy K. (July 25, 2014)
After working with UniversalGiving for the past 2 months, I can truly say that it is an amazing organization. I am constantly impressed by the dedication and passion of everyone working in the office. Everyone wholeheartedly believes in the mission statement and works hard to try to make the world a better place. UniversalGiving is always seeking ways to improve what it is doing, and will not settle for less than ideal! It is definitely worth a visit to their website!
by Chris G. (June 30, 2014)
Today is my last day working as an intern at UniversalGiving, where I have worked at for three months as a Product Development Intern. Despite a lack of some important skills needed to help develop our website, I was still able to work in the PD team and across UG in general; I even did mission critical work on our company server. I was able to carry out this work due to UG's openness in accepting interns of different backgrounds and skill levels.
by Jeremy K. (August 5, 2013)
I worked as an intern for UniversalGiving this summer and I had a very good experience. Pamela, the CEO and founder of UniversalGiving, is extremely friendly and is very dedicated to helping others. She is a great leader and it has been a pleasure to work with her and the rest of the staff. I was able to gain experience working in Marketing by helping out with social media and outreach. I was also able to gain experience working with Salesforce. Overall, I would definitely recommend working with UniversalGiving.
by Mark R. (July 15, 2013)
Like others have stated, the atmosphere here is amazing. The people are great, the HUB is fantastic, and the mission of the company is awesome as well. The staff is encouraging and very helpful. It is apparent they really care about getting volunteers and interns quality experience. Being able to help out with an organization as charitable as UniversalGiving and gaining the experience they provide was an opportunity I couldn't pass up!
by Christine G. (March 21, 2013)
I have been working at UG for three months and it has been the most wonderful experience! I started as the Operations and Administrative Intern but was quickly doing everything. UG is open to interns diversifying and getting involved in what they love too. What an amazing and great company doing wonderful things for the world. I have enjoyed every moment. The office atmosphere is warm and welcoming every day. Team members are more than willing to help and answer any questions and make you feel at home right away! Everyone is open and willing to share and implement new ideas. What’s even better is that the team works hard and is devoted to the mission of UG. This has truly been one of my favorite jobs and a delightful learning experience. I will be sure to keep in touch with UG. I highly recommend interning/volunteering or going to their website to get involved with this small nonprofit who gives back to the world without a single thought (or dollar!).
by Kaela C. (August 8, 2012)
With a strong interest in international NGO work, my internship experience with UniversalGiving was the perfect opportunity for me to become more familiar with the field as well as do my part in helping the global community at large. My time working in the UG office as an NGO Services intern has truly been learning, fun, and growing experience. I quickly became part of the team and was regarded as any other professional coworker. This internship was an entry-level position for me, however, I felt as though I gained more experience and was given more responsibility than most regular internships. I would encourage anyone to become a part of the UG team and become a part of a group of people who are truly dedicated to their cause.
by Sisi G. (July 26, 2012)
Love the atmosphere here! I volunteered UG for about 3 months when I was having grad school in SF. Everybody is friendly, and works hard and passionately on whatever they are doing. Working environment is also very comfortable here. So sad I am leaving UG because I am finishing grad school and will leave SF soon, but I believe I will be back some day if I have chance!
by Sharon B. (May 30, 2012)
Sometimes just the thought of addressing all of the world's issues can be incredibly daunting, but UniversalGiving takes a giant step towards addressing a multitude of international problems. Working with corporations and big donors to secure funding while also providing free services to enthusiastic volunteers and NGOs is a fantastic model for a nonprofit to be successful. Being apart of such a strong team makes it an honor and a privilege to be apart of the UniversalGiving team.
by Navneet S. (May 22, 2012)
What drew me to UniversalGiving is the thoughtful and meaningful impact they have set out to make in the world. Often times, volunteer opportunities (whether abroad or domestic) are difficult to organize independently, when I feel that they should be more accessible to anyone who wants to donate his/her time. I also recognize that there are many volunteer-matching services that are offered through the internet; however, UniversalGiving is unique in the sense that not only is the website easy to navigate, but only volunteer programs that have been thoroughly researched are posted. The high quality of each volunteer opportunity is a defining characteristic of UniversalGiving, and speaks volumes about their commitment to better serving our global community.
by Whittney T. (August 18, 2011)
Joining the NGO team of UniversalGiving opened my eyes to a multitude of different facets the non-profit sector has to offer: Not only did I learn about managing and partnering with non-governmental organizations around the world, but the support and passion of the rest of the UG team propelled me to realize a plethora of opportunities for both my life and career. I loved coming into the Hub to work with the NGO team and will always be a huge advocate for this innovative and motivated organization's model and vision. I am proud to have initiated and managed multiple partnerships between UniversalGiving and NGOs around the world. I am so appreciative that I had the opportunity to use my country-specific passions and knowledge to link UG with organizations in Kenya.
by Andrea X. (August 12, 2011)
If you are passionate about international affairs or the world in general, you need to check out UniversalGiving. You not only develop invaluable professional skills, but become part of an unparalleled office culture. Go through UniversalGiving, find passionate people, and become passionate.
by kay h. (August 4, 2011)
I've been volunteering with UniversalGiving for the last few months. Today is my last day actually and I have to say it has been an incredible experience. The people are really nice and take what they do very seriously. I know who I will definitely be donating through in the future.
by sarah g. (July 28, 2011)
Working with UniversalGiving, I was blown away by the teams passion and commitment towards genuinely helping others! This passion was illustrated through UG’s promise to give 100% of all donations to the ngo’s on their website. Every team member works so hard to make sure everything runs smoothly and UG is able to help others give. I loved the environment of UniversalGiving and learned so much about social entrepreneurship and marketing in my short time at UG!
by Breanna B. (April 20, 2011)
Working with UniversalGiving has been an amazing experience. The year I have spent with the organization I have learned so much about running a nonprofit. Everyone who works for UniversalGiving is hardworking, dedicated and truly wants to help society. I highly recommend UniversalGiving if you are searching for a place to volunteer.
by Munroe G. (April 19, 2011)
UniversalGiving is a small group of highly devoted people who want to make the world a better place by involving everyone in donating or volunteering in whatever ways they can. They use all the possible methods to make it safe and easy for people to get involved with activities around the world. The ability to choose from a variety of locations and topics allows the user to explore the many ways they can make a difference. What is most impressive is that UniversalGiving does this all for free to the user; no fees are required for their service. UniversalGiving makes giving back to the community and the world so much easier and for that they should be applauded. Thank you, UniversalGiving.
by Kai-Jui Gary C. (February 22, 2011)
At the first day of orientation, I found that the organization is very welcoming to volunteers. The orientation really made me willing to work here. Strongly recommand for people who are interested in web-based non-profit.
by Victoria E. (February 22, 2011)
UniversalGiving is a non-profit that is really making a difference. In contrast to other organizations, 100% of money donated to an organization will reach the organization. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and very committed to the cause of the organization. If you are a corporation seeking consulting services for corporate giving, there is a team of people to support you. If you are an NGO interested in advertising on the site or becoming a part of our database, there is also a team to help you and ensure that your organization gets assistance by pairing you with volunteers and donors interested in helping you!
by Charles M. (January 11, 2011)
Seeking the most researched and trusted opportunities to give, volunteer, and learn about some of the world's best organizations is made easy through UniversalGiving. The site is a gateway for new users and those with an established passion for seeking new global opportunities as well.
by Drew P. from Corpus Christi, TX (October 15, 2010)
I'm learning so much about how to extend my capacity to help others with the incorporation of modern technologies. I feel like I am doing more with my time at UniversalGiving than I've done volunteering anywhere else. Great team, great structure, great results.
by Amy L. (October 6, 2010)
Their website is so approachable and I just love the concept of giving 100% of the donated. I think this is an awesome organization for making giving and volunteering so easy. Very creative and unique non-profit.
by Stacy K. (June 1, 2010)
This organization makes international donations so simple and easy! You can simply go on the website, click gift packages, and donate away! Its a great way to help out great causes, especially if you want to help internationally, but can not be there physically. Universal giving offers great services this way and it fees good to help out!
by Ranjani S. from San Francisco, CA (May 19, 2010)
UniversalGiving have some very exciting volunteer opportunities and I'm glad I found them here. Its amazing how they provide diverse learning avenues for their volunteers and make them feel like an integral part of the great work they do. From the looks of their site, they seem to make contributing to the society, so simple. I love how they have these thoughtful Gift Packages which make for very meaningful gifts. I am surely going to get one of those for my mom's birthday from here - !!
by Anis S. (April 20, 2010)
My dad's birthday is coming up, and he's retired and old and fortunate enough to have everything he needs. It's always a challenge to come up with a gift for him. For Christmas I got him a Gift Package from UniversalGiving; on his behalf, I donated funds to provide water for a year for a child in Southeast Asia. He loved it, so for his birthday I likely am going to get him the "Trees for Transformation" Gift Package, which helps re-forestation in Haiti.
by Susie S. (April 13, 2010)
There are so many different positions offered at UniversalGiving and so many chances to learn new skills. They offer volunteer positions in everything from Marketing to User Interface Design to NGO Services. I have learned so much about the way a nonprofit runs by volunteering here. Check out their available positions at
by Cheryl M. (March 4, 2010)
If you want to gain professional experience and help a wonderful organization, UniversalGiving is the perfect choice. Volunteers are generally given lots of trust and responsibility--and the management to make you feel supported. With UniversalGiving, you don't feel like an outsider come to help out--when you volunteer, you're part of the team.

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