Hosts-MelissaLammingPamela Hawley, Contributor

Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGivingTM (, an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top performing, vetted organizations all over the world. 100% goes direct to the cause!  All organizations are vetted with a proprietary Quality Model.  UniversalGiving Corporate helps manage global CSR for companies, including the strategy, operations and NGO Vetting.  Key clients include Cisco, Gap, BHP Billiton, Fluor, RSF Social Finance and Symantec.

Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service), and has been invited to three Social Innovation events at the White House.  UniversalGiving has been featured on the homepage of BusinessWeek,, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire.  She also writes Living and Giving, a daily blog with the mission of “Inspiring Leaders to Live with Excellence and Love.”

Pamela’s community service began at the age of 12. She has volunteered in microfinance in remote villages of India; crisis relief work in the 2000 El Salvador earthquake; sustainable farming in Guatemala; with the victims of Pol Pot’s regime in Cambodia; and indigenous community preservation in Ecuador.  She has a Political Science degree cum laude from Duke University and a Masters in International Communication at the Annenberg School of Communications, USC.  She is a board member of the Duke NorCal Alumni Association, a member of Stanford’s
Global Practitioner Council through the Program on Social Entrepreneurship, and on the Advisory Board of Spark.

Prior to UniversalGiving, Pamela was a cofounder of VolunteerMatch in 1996, launching VolunteerMatch in more than 100 cities.  She then launched VolunteerMatch Corporate, a SAS service in CSR, bringing it to more than $1 million revenue and 20 Fortune 500 companies. Pamela is also an actress, improviser, dancer and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.  You can see her performances at
Most important to Pamela is that she adores her family. Her parents Wally and Alex have been married for more than 50 years. She loves being an aunt to Will, Connor, and Lindsey.

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Blogs: Living and Giving (CEO blog) and PhilanthroPost (team blog)
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