UniversalGiving CEO Pamela Hawley Invited to White House for Next Generation Leaders Conference

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Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, recently attended a summit organized by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, gathering young leaders at the White House to discuss ways to collaborate and to empower the community.

Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving

We're so encouraged to see the White House's leadership regarding community.

Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving™ (http://www.universalgiving.org), was an invited guest to the White House in July of 2010, attending the Consortium on Next Generation Leadership and Social Innovation. The event was organized by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, with the Office of Public Engagement. The summit gathered 50 young leaders for a day-long discussion, exploring ways to empower communities, develop sustainable solutions to social issues, and share lessons learned in collaboration between sectors.

UniversalGiving is a web-based marketplace that helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. UniversalGiving's partner NGOs include Relief International, WorldTeach and The GVN Foundation. The goals of the Consortium are in strong alignment with UniversalGiving's vision, "To Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life."™ UniversalGiving helps people become engaged to better their communities, and the world. The Consortium brought together leaders to discuss ways to empower individuals and work together to address community concerns.

"We're so encouraged to see the White House's leadership regarding community, and we're using our marketplace to leverage involvement," said Hawley, Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving. "Our visitors are giving money and volunteering their time in more than 100 countries across the world, and we expect this trend to continue."

The hope of the Consortium is that attendees will be able to work in online and offline partnerships far beyond their day at the White House. Hawley has already been in touch with individuals she met at the Consortium, and new venues for the White House leaders' collaboration are being established both in the U.S. and in virtual communities.

UniversalGiving is a social entrepreneurship nonprofit based in San Francisco. Their website offers hundreds of projects enabling people to become involved in the causes they care about, with opportunities in nearly 100 countries. People can volunteer in Puerto Rico's rainforest, or give money to send an impoverished child a soccer ball. UniversalGiving also offers crisis relief opportunities, in response to disasters such as Haiti's earthquake or Pakistan's flooding. All projects are vetted through UniversalGiving's trademarked, proprietary Quality Model.™ 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause.

Pamela Hawley is a Jefferson Award winner (the Nobel Prize in community service) and a recent finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She also received a Cole Wilbur Fellowship from the Institute on Global Ethics, and is an Expert Blogger on CSR for Fast Company. Hawley and UniversalGiving have been profiled on CBS, FOX Business Network, BusinessWeek, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Hawley and the UniversalGiving team were honored to be involved with the White House's Consortium on Next Generation Leadership and Social Innovation, and look forward to continued collaboration with community leaders.

Background Information on UniversalGiving™

UniversalGiving™ is an award-winning website allowing people to donate and volunteer with the top performing projects all over the world. Our projects are vetted through a proprietary Quality Model™ to ensure the most effective, trustworthy philanthropy possible. Unique to UniversalGiving, we take no cut on donations. 100% of your donation goes directly to the cause.

UniversalGiving has been profiled on CBS and in FOX Business Network, and has also been featured in BusinessWeek, WomenEntrepreneur, Oprah.com, NBC News, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Financial Times, MarketWatch, CNNMoney.com and Change.org.

CEO Pamela Hawley is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service) and a Colburn S. Wilbur Leadership Fellow at the Global Ethics Institute. Pamela is a Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was recently chosen as a Fast Company Expert Blogger on CSR. Pamela Hawley was selected as one of 50 to the White House's Consortium on Next Generation Leadership and Social Innovation in July 2010.

UniversalGiving Corporate (UGC) is a customized service that helps companies manage their global Corporate Social Responsibility Programs. UGC handles the strategy, operations, and NGO vetting to ensure the success of international giving and volunteer programs. In doing so, we help a company's bottom line by increasing corporate brand image, employee attraction/retention, and client attraction/retention. Sample clients include Cisco, MTV and BEA.

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