Social entrepreneur connects donors to worthy causes abroad.
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By SCOTT MCGREW and JESSICA GREENE
Updated 11:34 AM PST, Thu, Dec 18, 2008
Holiday shopping can be a joy or a drag, depending on who's doing the shopping and who's on the list.
Gifts that Give Back: No wrapping paper needed!
Oprah.com and O, The Oprah Magazine have featured UniversalGiving™ as the place to get easy and meaningful gifts this holiday season.
"Click, click, Done...Simplify making a difference around the world: UniversalGiving.org coordinates donations to more than 200 aid organizations"
UniversalGiving™ has been featured in BusinessWeek! Read about how UniversalGiving's social-entrepreneurship model is impacting international giving and volunteering for individuals and Fortune 500 companies.
Award winning author, Marshall Goldsmith, interviewed UniversalGiving's founder & CEO, Pamela Hawley, for this Profile of a Social Entrepreneur all about the "power of combining the compassion of nonprofits with the efficiency of business".
Innovative websites have helped boost the growth of giving globally... UniversalGiving.org helps donors engage with projects in countries and causes of their choice- projects that have been carefully vetted for quality. "We don't take any cut in your donation- 100 percent goes to that project," says Pamela Hawley, founder of UniversalGiving.
Increasingly, the matching power of the internet is helping connect donors not just with charities but also with individual recipients in far-off countries...and UniversalGiving.org, where users can scroll down through a list of causes such as “children”, “health” and “disaster” relief and make donations that fund everything from a wheelchair to a well project in a refugee camp.
“We are very honored to receive this award and to be considered as one of the best sites on the Web,” said UniversalGiving CEO and Founder Pamela Hawley. “I commend the UniversalGiving team and the NGOs featured on the site. They’ve created a superior experience on the web, allowing people to give with ease and inspiration.”
Making a donation to charity has long been a popular alternative to the gift-giving orgy that comes with the holiday season. But now that age of excess has arrived on the charitable front.