Universal Outreach is a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities and economic development initiatives.
We provide academic programs and scholarships, market-driven skills training programs, entrepreneur mentoring and creative learning opportunities. Universal Outreach also focuses on income-generating through the development of niche industries. We invest in these two areas because we believe that educated, skilled people need vibrant economies to build the future they envision.
Universal Outreach is a registered Canadian charitable organization that began its work in 2000 and registered as Universal Outreach Foundation in 2002. We started by investing in projects in Honduras and we currently work in Liberia, West Africa.
A Bold Idea
The founders of Universal Outreach Foundation know that every penny counts. That’s why we cover 100% of administration and fundraising costs ourselves; ensuring that 100% of your donation goes directly to the programs you support.
Meet The Board
Kent Bubbs Sr
Founder and President
After starting his first business at the age of 15 and following with a dozen more over the ensuing 45 years, Kent has settled into doing what he loves most; working on behalf of the UOF community.
His business administration education and entrepreneurship experiences led him to the creation of UOF, 20 years ago, under the business principles that made his companies successful. This mandate has led to industry low operating expenses with all outside donations going into productive projects and programs.
Kent Bubbs Jr
Board Chair and UOF Country Director
Kent Bubbs Jr. is currently the board chair of Universal Outreach Foundation and is based in Liberia, West Africa. Kent has been working with UOF since 2008 and focuses his attention on program development. His dedication to the concept of equality in the world is his motivation for creating programs that are accountable, transparent, efficient and effective. Kent has 14 years experience in development work and holds certificates from the University of British Columbia in International Development and Project Management.
Raised in Vancouver, Canada, Kelly Van Unen studied interior design and, at the age of 23, she and her husband started their own interior design business. After 16 successful years in business, they decided to give it away and get off the treadmill, realizing they wanted more out of life than just business success. Being a mother of two boys has helped Kelly to focus on what is important in her life: communication, love, and compassion. Her volunteer work with her family’s charity, Universal Outreach Foundation, has provided her with a whole new way of thinking and opened doors to the reality of life globally.
Sam’s passion for international development started at a young age when his family visited Canadian Food for the Hungry projects in northern Kenya. He has since worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo with HEAL Africa and with Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire at the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative as a researcher and facilitator. Sam has been part of the Universal Outreach Foundation family since 2013 and has served on the Board since 2018.
Currently serving as Marketing Operations Associate at Plastic Bank, Sam earned his BA in International Development Studies and History from Dalhousie University and an MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon.
Anne first went to West Africa as a volunteer in 1980 and ended up working there for 40 years. She is an international development professional with particular experience in community-based natural resource management. She has been working in Liberia since 2014 on the conservation of the Gola Forest where she sees first hand the impact of Universal Outreach.
Board Secretary and UOF Communications Director
With over twenty years of experience in both the retail and not for profit sector Landis uses her gift for storytelling, photography and marketing to encourage people to give back to the world and see each other's successes as our own. She has spent the past 14 years in Liberia and fondly refers to it as home. Landis studied at the University of Regina and continued her education with courses in photography, graphic design and development work.
In her 15 years as a dedicated teacher with the West Vancouver School District, Mariam has prioritized teaching her students to be conscious global citizens. Mariam is passionate about service learning and has traveled with her high school students to contribute to international service projects.
Increase access to education through the building of relevant and impactful curriculums, culturally contextual programs and educational facilities.
Apply local solutions to local challenges.
Focus on investments that maximize social returns.
Create partnerships with recipients so that a shared vision is realized through participation, collaboration, sweat equity, and financial responsibility.
Create sustainability within our programs and the environments we work in.
Knowledge transfer is the key to sustainable development.
Show respect, understanding, integrity and fairness with everyone we partner with.
Collaboration, commitment and participation from the communities and individuals we work with.
Local taboos, values and beliefs must be considered in the construction and operation of all programs.
Philanthropic capital should be used with great care to ensure a positive impact is achieved.
Transparency and accountability with expenditures and processes.
By manifesting compassion to the world, we believe that peace and love will inherently transcend to future generations.