Pamela Hawley

Founder and CEO

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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


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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."

Ayuko Picot

Director of Operations and Recruiting

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Why I am involved: Having grown up in Japan and the US, I have been passionate about international service since a young age. In college, I studied abroad in Senegal, and through my graduate studies, I traveled multiple times to West Africa. Through these trips, I further developed my strong interest in working at an organization like UniversalGiving to collaborate with international NGOs and to address global poverty.

Omkumar Mariappan

Software Engineer

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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."

Kristara Bring

Senior Manager, Corporate Services

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Why I am involved: I've always been passionate about sustainability and social responsibility, and through college I became increasingly interested in CSR and how corporations can do things better. When I found UniversalGiving, I was intrigued by the idea that our work drives change through partnerships with NGOs, corporations, and individuals. It is amazing to know our team is truly making a difference on a daily basis and I love working with such diverse, inspiring individuals.

Xouhoa Bowen

Manager, Corporate Service

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Why I am involved: It's rare when professional and personal missions perfectly align, but it's exactly what happened with me and UniversalGiving. I believe giving-- of time, energy, or money-- in service of others is the least we can do as members of a global society. The difference between those that have and those that don't isn't desire or skill, it is opportunity and agency. I am thrilled to change that by helping empower others and effect positive change through UniversalGiving.

Alix Charles

Senior Associate, Corporate Services

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Why I am involved: As an international development professional, I am passionate about connecting organizations with a global network of givers and volunteers. I have lived in 6 countries and traveled to over 25 others, and have seen first-hand the important role that NGOs play in addressing global poverty. I?m honored to contribute to maximizing the impact of CSR dollars on addressing social problems around the world, and to be part of the wonderful UniversalGiving team!

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.

Rupa Bose

Financial Consultant

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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

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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

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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."

In Memory

Brandon Solem

Web Developer

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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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