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May.23.2011
My mom, Alexandra Hawley, was and is a professional concert flutist of the highest caliber. She performed at Carnegie and has a Masters in Music from Stanford. She performed a duo concert of she and Jean-Pierre Rampal, one of the greatest flutists of all time.  She continues to perform with...
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May.06.2011
I’m so pleased share the meaningful impact my parents have had on me .  My parents have had enormous influence on me and my life.  They’ve been married for 47 years, and are two of my best friends. Their view of service was the genesis of UniversalGiving.  Giving in their lives was a natural part...
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Mar.21.2011
Mentally, I sometimes Let it All Go, Each Day.  I literally picture myself moving, and it impels action!  You realize as your day unfolds how many things you have which you feel iffy about, or just ok.  And that's when they go in the give away bag. I actually have a giveaway bag now that has its...
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Sep.17.2010
I’ve always been very entrepreneurial.  Even as a child, I loved to create little businesses.   But there was a time when I moved from being an entrepreneur, to being a social entrepreneur.  Peter Samuelson, film director and founder of Starlight Children’s Foundation, encapsulated that pivotal...
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Aug.04.2010
I have been blessed in my life to have the opportunity to help others through giving and volunteering—and in the process, I have been helped so much myself.  I sincerely believe that we who give or volunteer have the most to receive. For example, this gift we receive might be in renewed...
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Jul.28.2010
An Early Start on Entrepreneurship This was an early memory, and my earliest memory as an entrepreneur.  At age 10 I set up a store called  “Pam’s Place” in my room.  I had this Dutch half door in my room.  I put up a colorful sign for my new business, unlocked the top portion of the door, and...
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Jul.23.2010
It's a gift.  In my life, I have had the opportunity to volunteer in many countries all over the world.  And we can learn and be inspired by their example, their meaningful connection to life.  For example, many developing nations are rich in the value of daily experience.  While financially...
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Jul.03.2009
Here are some questions I was recently asked regarding starting a nonprofit. I didn’t address the fact that this economy also presents a very, very challenging landscape in which to start a nonprofit and to attain solid funding. However, anyone with true passion will find a way to bootstrap their...
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Jul.03.2009
During these challenging economic times, there are opportunities.   Now there are many more ways to appreciate what we have in life.  There is something about being grateful for what we already have – quite a humbling sense – that actually fills us with peace.  Losing jobs, income or savings impels...
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Jul.03.2009
It’s time for some positive news. Exciting is the emergence over the past 60 years of a veritable middle class worldwide. A middle class that can pay for education for their children. Take a stand for the right to vote. Think about healthcare. Promote democracy. These are some of the...
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Jul.03.2009
Many of us may feel that we have much to do each day. And the list prevails. We make the list, we cross off the list, and we feel accomplishment in doing so. I’m not sure there is anything wrong with this largely American mindset and thriving on productivity. Yes, it’s a good feeling to knock off...
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Jul.03.2009
Luxury Troubles. It’s the Treo that doesn’t work. The camera upload of photos that malfunctions even when you’ve followed the directions four times. Maybe it’s the driver that is much too slow (but if you drove the speed you wanted to, you’d likely only save 3-4 minutes)…. and it’s the co-...
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Jul.03.2009
It’s a tough time right now for many people, as our joblessness rate climbs, with more than 300,000 expected to be let go this next month. It’s hard to stay hopeful, and yet, there are ways that we can keep the positive energy flowing. When I think about the holidays….it is about spending time...
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Jul.03.2009
As I think about what has made my volunteer trips more comfortable, or more enjoyable, I thought I would share a few with you. Some of them make me laugh. Such as don’t wear certain sandals in Bangkok. What might that mean, you say? I had just arrived and it was sweltering hot. I was walking the...
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Jul.03.2009
We all remember a time when we were ‘hit’ with the importance of getting involved globally. For me, I was 12. We were on a family vacation in Mexico, near a traditional marketplace. My father and I wandered off, just a few paces away, confronted with a cult-de-sac of unwashed, handicapped, begging...
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