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UniversalGiving uses a web-based marketplace to connect people to the top-performing opportunities to give or volunteer all over the world. We vet all our partner organizations through our unique and rigorous Quality Model, and 100% of your donation goes directly to your project of choice. We make ourselves sustainable via UniversalGiving Corporate, customizing our services for corporations to assist them with their global corporate social responsibility programs.
For the holidays, we offer gift packages which allow someone to give to a person in need on behalf of a loved one. You can browse our gift packages by issue or region, or choose from our top gift packages. These packages cover a wide range of social issues, from the environment to poverty to human rights, making it easy to choose a cause a loved one cares about. Great opportunities exist at any price range. You can send a soccer ball to an impoverished child for just $15, empower a women entrepreneur in South America for $100, or sponsor a student in Tanzania for $500. If you're not sure what someone prefers, you can select a gift certificate instead. If you're in a rush, you can do twenty gifts in a click with our Quick Gifts page, choosing several gift packages for multiple friends all at once. Add meaning to your holiday this year, and make a difference in the world at the same time!
UniversalGiving has been profiled on CBS and featured in BusinessWeek. We have also been mentioned on Oprah.com, NBC News, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Financial Times, CNNMoney.com, and The L.A. Times. UniversalGiving is a Webby Award Honoree, and a winner of the Jefferson Award, eTown's E-chievement Award and the Silver Award for W3 Creative Excellence on the Web.
UniversalGiving was founded in 2002 by Pamela Hawley. Since then, more than 8,000 volunteers have been matched, and more than 1.5 million dollars has been donated.