After working diligently on behalf of its current one hundred NGO partners, UniversalGiving provided Katherine Rosman, staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, with diverse, quality organizations that offer international site visits to potential donors. The Wall Street Journal approached UniversalGiving last month, requesting assistance in identifying these opportunities. UniversalGiving provided The Wall Street Journal with complete details from all partners who chose to participate and was mentioned briefly in the article.
International site visits allow donors to visit the organization and see their on-the-ground work in a developing country. Donors feel more personally connected to the NGO leaders and knowledgeable about the project. Often this visit includes a donation. UniversalGiving features these international site visit opportunities on its website, www.UniversalGiving.org.
The purpose of the article was to highlight how charitable groups are creating more donor trips to tap into donors' desire for new experiences. More charities are adopting the come-and-see approach. As stated in the article, ?Charities say it's just smart philanthropy. These tours appeal to those weary of $500-a-plate dinners, attracting everyone from adventure-seekers to those who want to see that their money is being used wisely.?
UniversalGiving's mission is to match donors and volunteers with quality, international organizations. Part of UniversalGiving's unique volunteer offering includes site visits. As a nonprofit, UniversalGiving is dedicated to promoting the good work and expertise of its NGO partners.
Although UniversalGiving wishes all of its partners could have been mentioned, they are extremely pleased to see some of their partners, such as Global Fund for Women and World Neighbors, receive extensive coverage in the article. Other UniversalGiving partners such as Room to Read were also mentioned.
Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, wants to personal thank all of the NGO partners that participated and The Wall Street Journal for covering such an important topic.
The complete article, ?Have Donations, Will Travel? by Katherine Rosman can be found in The Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2004; Page W1. www.wsj.com.