UniversalGiving.org

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."

Ayuko Picot

Director of Operations and Recruiting

apicot@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

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.

Patricia Pietrzyk

Communications Lead, Operations

ppietrzyk@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: I am involved in UniversalGiving« because I strongly believe in the ethical nature of the organization. I readily agreed to a meeting and discussing the possibility of further service with the organization. I am looking forward to working toward the faith and trust to make this a mutually beneficial endeavor.

Sofia Ramirez

Corporate Services Manager

sramirez@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: I care deeply about connecting people, experiences, and cultures because I believe it is how we can help make the world a more empathetic and equitable place. For me, UniversalGiving«?s platform and services enables this by allowing individuals and organizations to support quality giving and volunteering opportunities around the world. It?s also rare you find such an amazing combination of strong vision, inspiring leadership, and talented yet humble colleagues, which is all the more reason why I have chosen to be part of the UniversalGiving« team since 2009.

Aung Ye Tun

Senior Associate, Product Development

ayetun@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

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.

Allison Kemp

Manager of Operations

akemp@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: My career in the nonprofit world is a testimony to the regard I have for philanthropy and serving a purpose bigger than myself. In 2012 I was able to travel to Malawi, Africa where I witnessed extreme poverty and economic instability which had a profound impact on passion to help humanity. I am excited to be a part of the UniversalGiving team where I can contribute my skills on the national and international scale.

Samantha Baker

Executive Assistant, Office of CEO

sbaker@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

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.

Evin Elif Baysal

Co-Lead, Office of the CEO and Operations Associate

ebaysal@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: She always tries to participate any projects related to Humanitarian volunteering and raising public awareness of Human?s Rights and Women?s Rights. She joins UniversalGiving as UniversalGiving is one of the greatest places to volunteer.

Christie Cleaveland

NGO Vetting Assistant

ccleaveland@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: I have seen the impact that a kind word or kind smile can make in a person's life. We should always be willing to help and give of ourselves. Working for UniversalGiving« allows me to do that, and continue serving something that is bigger than myself. I am able to use my experience and work ethic to further a great cause and help other non-profits around the world.

Leslie Matheu Ramos

NGO Vetting Assistant

lramos@universalgiving.com
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Why I am involved: Because I believe that every human can find a way to help others in order to create a more equal and just world. I believe that UniversalGiving« provides a platform for people to find ways to help others by giving, volunteering, donating.

Cindy Asano

Vetting Specialist

casano@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: UniversalGiving« allows me to explore my multifaceted interests in business, social justice, philanthropy, and the environment. I?ve always had an innate desire to help others, and I love that UniversalGiving«s work and international team constantly exposes me to diverse experiences and perspectives.

Iya Tikhomirova

NGO Services Fellow

itikhomirova@universalgiving.org
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Chika Shimizu

Public Relationship, Intern

cshimizu@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: At first, I was volunteering at Nepalese International School in Tokyo. There was a gap between what volunteers and potential volunteers needed to know. I would like to learn the skills to close that gap. Also, I agree with UniversalGiving?s belief that a diverse team will serve the best to our diverse population. I hope I can contribute to UniversalGiving?s achievement to society.

Arjay Gervacio

Executive Assistant

agervacio@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: It's a privilege to be part of UniversalGiving because it gives me an opportunity to be involved in an organization that aims to help people that are in need. Since I was a kid, my parents taught me to always provide assistance and I am thankful that UniversalGiving opened its doors for me. I am well-motivated to use my skills and contribute to the company's goals.

Hrishikesh Kore

UniversalGiving« Ambassador, Salesforce Administrator

hkore@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: Being invested in UniversalGiving« has given me an insight into how non-profits change lives. It is a team of professionals dedicated to spreading love and happiness, wherever possible. I am proud to be a part of UniversalGiving«?s vision to bring together and help people volunteer for causes that really matter.

Whitney Liu

Executive Assistant

wliu@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: I am passionate about serving people and I believe that UniversalGiving« is a place where I can fulfill that desire by getting involved in a cause so much greater than myself. Through my role of supporting the CEO and Marketing Team, I hope to be a part of continuing UniversalGiving«?s vision. I believe UniversalGiving«`s vision will ultimately combat the Spiritual Poverty? so pervasive in our world today, bringing fulfillment and joy to this world.

Bob Vic

Office of the CEO

bvic@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: Giving and volunteering have always been my life passion. I always want to contribute to the world with my best efforts. UniversalGiving has a very unique way to help the society. I am very enthusiastic and grateful for getting this opportunity to use my skills to support UniversalGiving's mission.

Chulani Kandage

NGO Outreach

ckandage@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved: Business and policymakers must move on, to find within themselves more developed emotions than fear or greed to help heal the world. I have taken a very conscious decision in my life to align myself with socially responsible initiatives and people due to my personal experiences in highly profit-oriented business environments. UniversalGiving is a social business emerged in the western part of the world and its noble vision inspired me to be a part of this family. We have a responsibility to engage with such organizations and contribute in our best capacity to help them to thrive. Further, this is a very good opportunity for me to learn about this very unique business model and how they are trying to find help for crisis situations around the world.

Zohaib Aftab

NGO Outreach Assistant

zaftab@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: Being a part of the UniversalGiving« family, I feel honored to be given the opportunity to make life easier for people in crisis around the globe. I am passionate about helping people by using the UniversalGiving« platform and spreading happiness on someone?s face. I believe success is becoming a helping hand to bring people out of crisis areas and situations; and I am proud to say that at UniversalGiving« it is possible!

Sonali Singhal

Salesforce Administrator Intern

ssinghal@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: I am interested in UniversalGiving« because it improves the common good of society in some way and through this, I got a chance to volunteer and help others. I my opinion Volunteering is often a fantastic way to learn new skills that we can apply to other areas of our life, both personal and professional.

Ryoko Tazawa

EA/NGO Services Intern

rtazawa@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

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.

Heejin Hahn

UG Ambassador

Hhahn@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: I approach social justice with the firm belief that every cent donated and every initiative launched have great meaning. My passion for high-impact giving brought me to UniversalGiving; I admire the Quality Model? vetting process and the collaboration with the corporate world in CSR services. I look forward to joining the UniversalGiving team in transforming the landscape of giving and entrepreneurship.

Regina Camacho

UG Ambassador

rcamacho@universalGiving.org
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Why I am involved: Volunteering gives me a sense of purpose because I get to help others in so many ways. It's something that is a really important part of me. I am currently in a sorority that's main value is volunteering and community service, so it has helped me find others who value it as much as I do and helped me find new opportunities to help others. I also admire the social enterprise aspect of Universal Giving and it's an amazing opportunity to see how this new business model is developed.

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


(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

dgunders@universalgiving.org
(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

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."

Derek Zeng

UG Ambassador

dzeng@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved:

Saumya Varma

UG Ambassador


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Why I am involved:

Madhuri Kalani

UG Tech Ambassador

mkalani@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved: She is committed to international development and humanitarianism, and is very enthusiastic about participating in UniversalGiving's unique mission

Nikhila Kambham

UG Ambassador

nkambham@universalgiving.org
(full bio)

Why I am involved:

Maria Vedstedsen

NGO Services Intern

mvedstedsen@universalgiving.org
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Why I am involved:

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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