UniversalGiving.org

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."

Ayuko Picot

Director of Operations and Recruiting

apicot@universalgiving.org
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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.

Natalia Junger

Senior Associate, Corporate Service

njunger@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: During my life, I have always had contact with people from other countries and after living in Berlin and in London, I finally decided to come to San Francisco, a city where many residents had the same beliefs and view of the world that I did. I came looking for my dream job, to work with passion. It has been a journey to get here, but definitely a worthy one, as I am finally doing what I feel is right, helping others and making positive changes in herself and the world. I am extremely happy to be working in this area and CSR projects with social and environmental impact.

Mindy Bush

Manager, Corporate Client Services


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Why I am involved: I was first exposed to service as a young teenager, finding participation in community projects an excellent way to build relationships while sharing a common goal of supporting disadvantaged populations. I believe that all individuals should have equal opportunities for survival and success and have tried to live my life in support of this ideology. UniversalGiving's social entrepreneurship model, by providing quality opportunities for individuals looking to make a difference and specialized consulting for corporate social responsibility, results in the uniting of resources to make a real impact globally.

Aung Ye Tun

Associate, QA and Corporate Services

ayetun@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: My interest has always been to combine my passion for social change and technical skills to assist various nonprofits prior to UniversalGiving. Previously, I served as a Data Analyst for Farmer's Business Network assisting agronomists develop an online social platform. During college, I supported a education nonprofit for people with developmental disabilities as a Software Engineer Intern.

Karen Kwaitek

Corporate Client Services


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Why I am involved: Karen has been a UniversalGiving Ambassador and volunteer for many months.

Samantha Baker

Executive Assistant, Office of CEO

sbaker@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: Volunteering has always been an integral part of my life. Every summer, I work for North Star Quest Camp for Adolescent Girls, which is a NGO run by a team of staff and counselors encouraging female empowerment. For many years, I've also raised funds for hospice. I joined UniversalGiving to continue to support non-profit organizations and their positive social impact.

Andrew Tertes

Bookkeeper

atertes@universalgiving.org
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Angel Sun

Office Manager


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Why I am involved: I chose UniversalGiving because we have the same vision and believe. I wish to awaken the love in people's heart, so we can all be more loving and willing to share. We can all truly contribute whatever we can to help the needy, and make the world how it is supposed to be.

Molly Dietrich

Social Media Consultant


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Why I am involved: She graduated from William Smith College in NY with majors in Education Policy and Sociology, and a minor in African Studies. She loves taking calculated risks and seeing the world through different lenses.

Bronte Kass

Recruiting Consultant

bkass@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: I joined UG as an Executive Assistant intern, before moving to the Operations team and working as a Recruiting Consultant. Since 2014, I have loved leading in team recruitment and collaborating on strategic partnerships between UG, corporate clients, and universities for promoting quality opportunities. Overall, I am passionate about furthering economic development and our mission of connecting people with top-performing, vetted projects all over the world.

Ruth Cho

Marketing Intern


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Why I am involved: Throughout my entire life, I have always been encouraged by my parents, my church, my peers, my teachers and even my celebrity crushes to "give back" and "make a difference." However, with time, I have realized that this is something that is much easier said than done. This is why I am here at UniversalGiving today. I believe that UniversalGiving not only encourages us to spread awareness of our obligation to positively impact the communities and lives of those less privileged around the world, but also makes these things tangible, palpable and real. Through the marketing internship program, I hope to broaden the scope of UniversalGiving's audience as well as cultivate mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with others. The nonprofit's overall mission and philosophy is synonymous with my own, making my work here incredibly valuable and rewarding. I am ecstatic to work with my teammates here as well as empower those around me to truly "make a change" through UniversalGiving.

Andrea Oliveros

Marketing Intern


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Why I am involved: When I first came across the UniversalGiving I was astonished of how much of a global impact UniversalGiving has. Immediately I was interested in becoming a part of this life changing organization. UniveraslGiving because it is for a cause that aligns with my morals. It is truly amazing how this organization is run solely by volunteers and good-hearted people. Being able to gives back or benefits others has always been something that I have put an emphasis on. It is truly a blessing to have an opportunity where you can impact even one or possibly thousands of people. I look forward to being able to positively contribute to the UniversalGiving team!

Katie Nelson

NGO services Intern


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Why I am involved: When thinking about any type of collective change, I am a firm believer in the idea that "every penny makes an impact." Additionally, I think there's something to be said about connecting organizations and projects directly to their participants - it creates a sense of undeniable accountability. These two things combined drew me to UniversalGiving and its model dedicated to creating social impact in the most direct, effective, and ethical way possible. I wanted to be a part of a team that really understood the importance of international engagement, and reflected my internal passion for social justice initiatives. I consider myself lucky to be a member of UniversalGiving this summer, and look forward to doing my part as a responsible global citizen.

Ryoko Tazawa

EA/NGO Services Intern


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Why I am involved: She has an interest in knowing about developing countries since she was a child. She keeps thinking about how to contribute and be the change at the back of her mind which sometimes causes problem. She always wanted to join an international organization so that she could take action to solve her thinking problem. Even though English is not her native language, she has lot of hope that she can contribute to the world of giving. She wants to increase her knowledge about NGO, developing countries, and idea of Universal Giving's members.

Maria Garcia

NGO services Intern


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Why I am involved: Growing up, I?ve always been told that I had to help others because it was the right thing to do. That role took on many roles in my life whether that be helping another student with a question or volunteering at my local library; at the back of my mind I knew that there had to be another reason. But, when I reached high school, I then realized that the world is broken and that I wanted help fix the social injustice gap in the world. Universalgiving is an organization, I believe will help me continue with my passion of providing my service to the world with others that are driven to do the same.

Maddie Ahlers

NGO Service Intern


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Why I am involved: I believe that one of the most important qualities a person can have is humility. Humility is a word that is often thrown around without a clear-cut definition or purpose, but to me, an essential component of humility is listening. When I was interviewed to be an intern for UniversalGiving, I was asked what humility means to me. It was at this moment that I understood why it was essential for me to be involved at an organization like UniversalGiving, which puts the lives of others and charity at the forefront of their mission. I am involved because it is an organization which allows me to listen, learn, and exercise that new knowledge in the pursuit of humility, and of understanding the world as it is today.

Akshara Raina

EA Intern


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Why I am involved: Giving back to the community and making a difference is something that I have always held close to my morals. This opportunity at Universal Giving will allow me to not only improve my personal skill set goals that I want to achieve in a professional level, but also I will be able to learn more about important issues all over the world and make a difference by giving light to them as well as educating and inspiring other members of the community to make a change as well.

Haley Dearing

CSR Intern


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Why I am involved: Having a "servant heart" is a value that Haley's mom has instilled in her since she was a little girl. Therefore, she has always taken an active interest in politics and public affairs with the hopes of one day earning a position that would allow her to play a role in building awareness and helping others by improving social communities. Her key interest is sustainable social impact, so after reading an article Pamela Hawley wrote about UniversalGiving's public and corporate services, she knew it was a company that she had to look into and hopefully become involved with. Haley is excited to learn more about the effective, sustainable positive changes she can bring to the world through UniversalGiving!

Aarti Shah

SEM Intern


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Why I am involved: Since I am a fresher I need a platform where I can enhance my academic experience in social media and SEM. Also gain new skills as well as polish the existing one. My experience and study makes me makes me a stellar candidate for the SEM internship position in your organization. I can utilize my skills and improve my knowledge in this organization. I am happy to help as you are doing such a great work here.

Deepika Keswani

Product Development Intern


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Why I am involved: I believe in giving back and love to get involved in volunteer work. I came across UniversalGiving through volunteer match and I thought it was a great opportunity to use and upgrade my skills utilizing them in such a great cause of giving.

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

dgunders@universalgiving.org
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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

lwagner@universalgiving.org
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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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