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Goodnet: How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause Part II

This is Part II of our series from Goodnet, a socially conscious magazine, with an article on “How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause.”

Missed Part I? Read it here!


4. What inspires you?

Every day I’m inspired by stories of individuals’ and communities’ incredible resilience in the face of adversity. Two things especially inspire me. First, I’m “causeless.” Someone goes without a meal.  A little girl doesn’t have a roof over her head. Maybe there’s a natural disaster. Whatever the situation, we want people to live happy, peaceful, “whole” lives, in every meaning of that word. They should have homes, food, education, and health… the ability to choose the jobs they want, their partners in life, and essentially to be loved and have love in their lives. Therefore we care about every cause.

Secondly, I really believe in local leaders on the ground. That’s why we know that the work that UniversalGiving’s partner organizations do to serve communities is invaluable. The Rural Development Center aims to improve food security in rural households in Cameroon by developing and teaching an environmentally-friendly approach to agriculture and health. BiblioWorks builds and maintains libraries in communities in Bolivia in order to develop long-term literacy among children. By really listening to the people of the community, they are able to make a meaningful impact.

5. Who’s your favorite good doer figure?

I have to give an honest answer – it’s my mom.  She’s just a tireless figure for good. I don’t mean in all the time she spends volunteering. It’s simply in being a kind, giving person; it’s in her gracious demeanor, her kind heart, and her presence.  Almost every time I call, she picks up. You know she is there for you!

Another woman with an incredible story is Olga Murray, founder and CEO of the Nepal Youth Foundation. Olga founded the organization in 1990, she experienced first-hand the poverty facing Nepali youth. Each year she expanded the organization’s services until they were providing a full range of services: housing for impoverished children and orphans, educational scholarships, medical care, and daily meals. Now the organization even intervenes to help young girls from being sold into bonded servitude by their impoverished families. That’s a great, on-the-ground leader.

6. What is the best part about your job?

Every day I am so grateful for all of the wonderful people I have the opportunity to work with. That’s really it. You have to have a great team, board, and clients. Our people truly believe in and live our mission. One of my favorites is staying in touch with our UniversalGiving Ambassadors. These are people who have “graduated” from UniversalGiving – they worked for us, interned, or volunteered – and still want to stay in touch and help. What a community we have.

Another UniversalGiving partner, GVN Foundation

Another UniversalGiving partner, GVN Foundation, inspires learning, innovation and action in international communities (UniversalGiving)



Be on the lookout for our next installment this Friday! 

Can’t wait? See the full article here.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Before You Can Give Yourself Away, You Must Have a Self to Give.”


“Before you can give yourself away, you must have a self to give.” – Isabel Hickey

Similar to George Gurdjieff’s commitment to self and spirit before serving others, Isabel Hickey realized that we must put ourselves first.  In so doing, we become strong and committed to giving ourselves the best, and then we can give our best selves unto others…

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Isabel Hickey was an American astrologer and writer who practiced Humanist Astrology with a psychological approach. If Evangeline Adams was the Mother of Astrology in the first half of the Twentieth Century, Isabel Hickey filled that role in the Sixties and the Seventies.  She wrote “Astrology, A Cosmic Science,” “It Is All Right” and “Minerva or Pluto, The Choice Is Yours.”

Goodnet: How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause Part I

This is Part I of our series from Goodnet, a socially conscious magazine, with an article on “How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause.”


So you want to pitch in and make the world a better place, but you’re not quite sure where to start? With thousands of volunteer organizations around the world working on various projects, and just as many charities taking donations, it’s really no wonder. How are we meant to know where our hours or our dollars would be best spent?

Enter UniversalGiving, the award-winning nonprofit that allows people to donate and volunteer with top performing, vetted organizations all over the world. In this week’s 10 Good Questions, the organization’s founder and CEO Pamela Hawley tells Goodnet about how UniversalGiving guarantees social impact, what makes their model different, and her biggest good doer inspiration – her mom.

1. What is your organization’s mission?

At UniversalGiving, we connect people to quality giving and volunteer opportunities worldwide. Our web-based platform allows donors and volunteers to connect with nonprofit organizations working all over the world! To date we have matched more than a $31 million dollars worth of volunteer hours. All projects are vetted through UniversalGiving’s proprietary Quality Model™.

UniversalGiving CEO Pamela Hawley

CEO Pamela Hawley talks giving with a UniversalGiving board member 

2. What makes you guys different from the rest?

We’re unique in that 100% of every donation made through UniversalGiving goes directly to the cause. We’re financially sustainable through UniversalGiving Corporate, which assists Fortune 500 companies in scaling their global CSR programs worldwide. Some of our key clients include Cisco, Gap, BHP Billiton, and RSF Social Finance.

3. What three words describe your organization?

At UniversalGiving, we constantly work towards and emphasize our core values: Listening, Measurable Results, and Inspiration. We take time to listen sincerely to each person whether they be a team member, client, NGO partner, corporation, or board member. We consistently measure our results to ensure we are meeting all goals and objectives. And perhaps most importantly, we believe in being inspired and inspiring others through joy, graciousness, and goodness in our daily work.

The UniversalGiving Team takes a break from doing good

The UniversalGiving Team takes a break from doing good



Stay tuned for the next installment of Goodnet: “How to Donate Your Time and Money to the Right Cause” this Wednesday!

Can’t wait? See the full article here.


The Pamela Positive: Audrey Hepburn’s Tips for Beauty…It’s All Inside ~ New Audio Version Available!

We are pleased to announce that this post is now accompanied with an audio version! Happy listening!

I love these beauty tips by Audrey Hepburn because they are accessible to us all.  How could Beauty be constrained?  We don’t have to wait for it, prepare for it or create it.  So much of beauty is how we are, each moment. I look forward to hearing about your beautiful moments today!

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.

How Do You Lead? With Values, Vision, or Voice?

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Actually, with all three. 


As blogger and author roshnyjr states in her piece entitled “Leadership and Ethics,” Values and Vision give the leader an organizational compass. But you can’t just know where you want to go; you have to have the right heart. That’s where Virtue comes in, and doing the right thing. Here, you have to be aware of relationships and how to conduct them appropriately. Finally, you can have all the Vision and Virtue in the world, but if you don’t Voice them, they are silent. You go nowhere!


Let’s look at a great, long-term example of how this works. A favorite leader of mine is  Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks. His father was a blue collar worker and had little or no health benefits for himself or his family. It was a constant struggle.


Taking that personal experience, Schultz created a value-based company by providing healthcare for all workers, even part-time employees. As roshnyjr states: “Here, the leader tried getting right things done so as to get a good result which influenced the workers to perform their duty in the right way.” As long as it’s authentic, that’s the right thing to do.


Schultz’s vision was local and global: they expanded into China and all over the world. At the same time, they created a strong, local presence by providing fresh coffee, personalized service and a store where people know your order. More than 15 years ago, their strategy was to create a “third space” outside of home and work; a second home to come to. They’ve done it.


Finally, Schultz is the voice and model of the company. He is a tireless worker and great spokesperson, driving the company through many challenges and enduring.




Lead with Vision, Voice and Virtue – and you’ll be leading to success.  Want to read a more analytical piece on the diagram above? Check out the article that inspired this piece here!

The Human Touch by Spencer Michael Free ~ Don’t Get So Busy On Your Phone You Forget to Truly Connect!


A photo by Jonathan Velasquez. unsplash.com/photos/4mta-DkJUAgThis simple poem reminds us that genuine friendship is about the closeness of hands, hearts, and souls. It also, incidentally, captures the profundity of “touch” between Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf and barely speaking, and her mentor Anne Mansfield Sullivan.


“Tis the human touch in this world that counts,

The touch of your hand and mine,

Which means far more to the fainting heart

Than shelter and bread and wine;

For shelter is gone when the night is o’er,

And bread lasts only a day,

But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice

Sing on in the soul alway.”


Please put your cellphone down right now, and touch or help someone who needs it.  That’s where the true connection in life is!


Spencer Michael Free was a poet who graduated from the College of Physicians and Suregons at John Hopkins University in 1880. Later, he went on to practice medicine and surgery. He taught natural philosophy, chemistry, Latin and algebra at Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition, Free had a passion for the arts and letters which led to his writing hundreds of medical papers as well as poems.He tried several times to enlist in the army and wished to protect our country abroad. However, he never did, so instead he wrote and aimed to give his readers a sense of hope.

The Human Touch was written shortly after World War I and the poem urges a sense of love and humanity. Free also published Shawnee Cabin and Other Poems. While he was not healing people of their physical ailments, he worked for various charitable organizations throughout his life.

Classic Pamela Positive: Communicate With More Than Words

A photo by Dogancan Ozturan. unsplash.com/photos/94taEmdowRw

It is so amazing to me that when we communicate, the words really ‘come in third place.’

What’s first and second? First is the tone. If we are abrasive, affrontive, sarcastic then it doesn’t open up the conversation and action for change. Calm, proactive, inclusive, even — “slow” — conversations help provide dynamic change. It sounds as if it is an oxymoron. But allowing the participants to breathe in the interaction helps bring about the best and most inclusive solutions for all parties.

Second then is body language and what we communicate; third come the words.