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[E4C13] How to Discover Your True Calling & Turn It Into A Viable Social Enterprise – UniversalGiving


How to Discover Your True Calling & Turn It Into A Viable Social Enterprise - UniversalGivingPamela Hawley is a seasoned social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the social enterprise sector. She is the founder & CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning social entrepreneurship organization that helps people give to and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, it takes no cut on donations — 100% of donations go directly to the cause.

Prior to UniversalGiving, Pamela co-founded the Full Circle Fund’s Global Economic Opportunity impact circle. As the current co-chair of the circle, she helps support and strengthen channels for economic opportunity and empowerment, both locally in the Bay Area and internationally.

Pamela also co-founded VolunteerMatch, a nonprofit that has matched more than 4 million volunteers. Soon after in 1999, she launched VolunteerMatch Corporate, a customized version for corporations. Under her management, more than 20 Fortune 500 companies became clients, which contributed to 43% of the organization’s sustainability.

In this insightful interview, Pamela shares with us how she discovered her true calling and offers practical advice on how aspiring social entrepreneurs can do the same. She shares:

  • Whether or not you need real-world work experience before starting your own organization.
  • How to identify and vet the best, most committed talent to join your team, using 3 key criteria.
  • How to get your first clients when you have none, and what you need to do to cultivate your business relationships.
  • Ways in which you can start a business that expresses your life purpose, when you have financial commitments and a family to care for.
  • Ways you can test financial models as a side-hustle, using a phased approach, with a team.
  • How to get started finding venture capital funding.
  • How to go about starting a new business – and raising money for it – if your previous venture failed.
  • Strategies to approach previous investors for funding on your new business, even if you lost their investment the last venture.
  • The powerful inner mindset shifts you need to make in order to truly offer your greatest service in the world.
  • What it takes to get into a social enterprise incubator or accelerator, and how to evaluate whether one is a fit for your company.
  • And much more!

Mentioned in this Podcast

  • Jean Houston
  • VolunteerMatch
  • Kamal Ravikant
  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It
  • Bill Drayton
  • Ashoka
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Social Enterprise Alliance
  • Echoing Green
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Y Combinator

Where to Find UniversalGiving

  • Visit Universal Giving Website
  • Connect with them on Universal Giving Facebook Page
  • Follow Universal Giving on Twitter
  • Check out Universal Giving on Google+
  • Add us to your network on LinkedIn

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Lorna Li is a business coach, entrepreneur and Amazon rainforest crusader, with a passion for green business, social enterprise, and indigenous wisdom. She helps changemaking entrepreneurs harness the power of the Internet to reach more people and make a bigger impact, while designing the lifestyle of their dreams. She is an Internet marketing consultant to changemakers, and works with innovative tech startups, sustainable brands, social enterprises & B-Corporations on SEO, SEM & Social Media marketing.
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