Pamela Hawley

Founder and CEO

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "At the age of 12, I witnessed extreme poverty in Mexico. From this experience grew a lifelong commitment to service through social entrepreneurship. In 1999, I expanded my commitment as well as my understanding of the sector through international service trips and volunteering opportunities with various NGOs."

Tricia Collins


(full bio)

Why I am involved: "Many people have the desire and intention to donate and volunteer in communities of need. Their primary obstacles are access to quality opportunities, and trust that their aid will be given directly to those who need it. Universal Giving is the perfect remedy to both of these uncertainties, enabling people to move from intention to action. I'm honored to be a part of it."

Anne Sweeny

Director of Corporate Client Services

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "I have a passion for recognizing gaps and doing whatever I can to bridge divides, whether between Science and Art, Nature and Nurture, Brain and Heart, the cultures of Korea and America, or the worlds of Corporate and Nonprofit. This curiosity and drive to create common ground among all living beings has led me to UniversalGiving. The vision of UniversalGiving, to create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday life, is in perfect alignment with my hope for a unified world in our lifetime."

Adriana Rabkin

Senior Manager of Operations

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "Pamela once told the UniversalGiving team a story of a boy, on a beach, surrounded by dying starfish. The boy threw one after another starfish back into the water to save them. A man who witnessed the act said to the boy, you won't make a difference - you cannot save them all. The boy replied, 'It will make a difference to that one.' This is why I am at UniversalGiving. I want to make a difference to that one organization that is helping the children of Haiti, that one family that is impoverished, that one person who is looking to volunteer across the world. After spending the last 8 years at home raising my two boys I know that my contribution to this world beyond what I teach my children will be to make a difference one small step at a time."

Adi Raghavendra

Software Engineer

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "I was born and raised in India. From the very early days, I have been exposed to poverty and hardships of people. Basic living conditions such as food and water is a challenge for quite a sizeable number of people in third world countries. I always had an overwhelming need to help these people. Universalgiving gives me this opportunity to reach out to all those people in need."

Omkumar Mariappan

Software Engineer

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "It's my belief that Technology can have a greater impact in removing the poverty level in developing countries and improving the lives of millions of underprivileged people."

Sofia Ramirez

HR and Intern Recruitment Lead

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "Over the years, I have developed a passion for business, research, and problem solving. I hope to utilize my passion and skills in a place that supports and fosters forward thinking solutions towards mobilizing community service efforts. My desire to incorporate philanthropy in my growth and development has drawn me to UniversalGiving."

Cheryl Mahoney

Marketing Senior Associate

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "One of the most frustrating things about wanting to change the world is not knowing how to do it, or even where to begin. UniversalGiving makes it possible for individuals to make an impact on the causes that have touched them, without needing to undertake an extensive research campaign. I am in favor of any good work people want to do, and I am impressed by the way UniversalGiving makes that good work easier to accomplish. I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute my talents towards doing my own good work with UG."

Armine Avetisyan

Corporate Client Services Specialist

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "Starting my career at a corporate foundation and being part of a team that brought positive changes into the lives of people in need, I realized that I there is nothing more rewarding than to know that with your daily work you change people?s life for the better. At UniversalGiving I have the opportunity to help people worldwide, as I gain valuable insight into the world of philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility. "

Rupa Bose

Financial Consultant

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "I appreciate the opportunity to work with Universal Giving, which is doing such good work. It's really a privilege."

Debi Gunders

Executive Officer, Marketing

(full bio)
Debi Gunders advises UniversalGiving on marketing and brand strategy initiatives. In her role, Ms. Gunders works extensively with UniversalGiving's public and corporate services to design, develop and expand targeted marketing strategies.

Laurie Wagner

Marketing Strategist

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "UniversalGiving provides the opportunity to contribute professional experience to an organization that makes a real and positive difference in the lives of others around the world. The team's professionalism, idealism and effectiveness ensure that maximum benefit is delivered to those in need."

Mark Reid

SEO Specialist

(full bio)

Why I am involved: "My parents made sure to make me recognize that most of the world is much less fortunate than we are. I can remember going on a family outing in which we created care packages of canned food, blankets, and other necessities and handed them out to the homeless on the streets of San Francisco. I attended community service camps over my summers as a youth and participated in projects ranging from cleaning nature preserves to serving food at homeless shelters. These experiences where I was working in the community were some of the most fulfilling and memorable events in my life. Being able to continue to help people through UniversalGiving is an opportunity that I am thrilled to be a part of."

Volunteers and Special Contributors

Max McCormick

Max McCormick is the founding engineer of UniversalGiving. Max met Pamela in 2001 and worked pro-bono for several weeks to help brainstorm about the website, create the data model, and build the service. While involved in a host of other creative engineering and musical projects, Mr. McCormick continues to stay involved and support UniversalGiving.

In Memory

Brandon Solem

Web Developer

(full bio)

Why I am involved: Brandon Solem joined UniversalGiving in the Fall of 2011 as a Web Developer. He excelled at UniversalGiving, although his time with us was short, and he fearlessly and voraciously tackled a very complex homepage re-coding project with aplomb.

We will all love and cherish Brandon's positive spirit. He is a model for us in attitude: kind, sincerely wanting to serve, ever gracious.

Pawel Modelewski

Pawel Modelewski first joined UniversalGiving in the Summer of 2005 while on a student exchange program from Poland. He was quickly promoted to Special Projects Advisor for the CEO at UniversalGiving due to his sincere desire to serve both the organization and our worldwide communities.

Pawel's unique role included relationship management, database customization, and specific projects for the CEO. Perhaps more than the excellent quality of his work, it was the cheerful and dedicated way in which Pawel approached his daily tasks that has most impacted UniversalGiving. Pawel's enthusiasm, love of learning, and zest for life touched all of us on the UniversalGiving Team. A cherished colleague and friend, Pawel is missed. His contribution to UniversalGiving's vision and culture are irreplaceable; his gentle, kind spirit continues to inspire us in our daily efforts to serve others.

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