I'm spending all my free time preparing for my upcoming volunteer trip with Habitat for Humanity, a group I've been involved with for the last 18 years. I want to help you find your Habitat and that's why today's Feel Good Friday organization is UniversalGiving.
I learned about UniversalGiving through their founder, Pamela Hawley, a fellow improviser, who created the organization in 2002. In their own words, "UniversalGiving is an award-winning website that helps people give and volunteer with top-performing projects all over the world." The best part about this is these projects are reviewed for their finances, management team, acheivements and many other categories AND "100% of each donation goes directly to the cause"!
It may sound impossible but it's true. UniversalGiving helps for profit companies scale their corporate social responsibility programs and fees for those services cover operations costs. That means any money you donate really does go directly to the organization you choose. This supports the vision to "Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life."
So how do you make this a part of your everyday life? Visit the website and see the current opportunities! You can give a gift, such as books to support children's literacy, fund a project, like earthquake relief in Nepal, or volunteer! Anyone else want to go to Thailand to help elephants?
To keep current with organizations vetted by UniversalGiving and new volunteer opportunities that arise, you can like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @UnviersalGiving. As for me I'm off to find my convertible pants!