Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Top Six Resources for Nonprofits

From managing volunteers to making your organization more hospitable, these key resources will give you effective strategies for addressing challenges that face nonprofits today.

A Holiday Office Party With Purpose

For more than two decades, Rich Yannaco and Fran DiChiappari have been the dynamic duo behind the annual Oliver Wyman Charity Auction. Last year, nearly everyone at the 250-person office participated in some way, helping to raise $112,000 that was distributed to local charities

How Volunteers Are Helping Refugees – And What You Can Do

In central Rome, a former cultural center has found new life as a temporary home for hundreds of refugees. Without formal leadership or organizational structure, citizens have transformed the Baobab center into a safe haven where refugees can arrive at any hour and find food, shelter and someone who is willing to help.

10-Year-Old, Once Homeless, Now Makes Clothes for Homeless Kids

Xavier Elliott has been through more than most 10-year-olds, having spent his first five years living in homeless shelters. This past summer, when he was sitting with his mom as she was sewing some items for veterans’ wives, he said he wanted to make clothes for homeless kids.

By Finding the Good in Strangers, This Sexual Abuse Survivor Found a Way to Spread Kindness

Anne Kubitsky’s personal struggles led her to search for life’s deeper meaning. In 2011 on a whim, Kubitsky started leaving blank postcards around her Connecticut town, addressed to herself, with an invitation for the finder to write, draw, tape, cut, paste or sew onto each card something for which he or she was grateful and to put the card in the mail. “It was random – I was looking to connect with other people, to find a glimmer of gladness in a bleak world,” she recalls.

A Life-Changing Chance to Get Out of Debt

On Black Friday last year, I gave myself a gift. I walked into the office of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Clarifi and I paid off my debt early. And then I cried. I cried because just a few years earlier I faced a mountain of credit card bills I didn’t think I would ever pay off. I was scared, ashamed and secretive about my financial situation.

What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a mentor, check out how spending time with a child – consistently offering support – can matter so much in that young person’s life. America’s Promise, a Points of Light partner, has just released its follow-up to “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” – “Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships.”

The Power of ‘No More Hurting People, Peace’

Each day, we are all faced with a series of choices that define who we are and who we will ultimately become. You can choose to live in the past or look forward to the future. You can choose to be apathetic or you can be someone who embraces peace and kindness. At a very young age, our son Martin was able to recognize the importance of kindness, togetherness and inclusion and that he could make a difference through these qualities.

Points of Light Brings the Volunteering Experts to You

Do you wish you could hear from the experts as you manage and scale your employee engagement and citizenship programs? Now you can! The latest trends in corporate volunteering are now at your fingertips and on video with Points of Light’s Corporate Video Lecture Series.

On 9/11 Day, Inspiring Children to Serve

Sitting in the grass, against the backdrop of the Washington Monument, Army veteran Mary Tobin had a bunch of 9-year-olds’ full attention. In ways they could understand, she talked about the heroes of 9/11, such as the airline passengers who diverted one of the planes set to be part of the attack. Tobin, who was injured while on patrol in Iraq, shared her story of service with the children today as part Points of Light’s national 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance event in Washington, D.C.

Here's How New York Says Thank You on 9/11

After losing his business partner, Hagay Shefi, during the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Jeff Parness says he "wondered every single day how I could commemorate his life."

For 9/11 Day, a Message from a Marine About What it Means to Serve

Today we share the story of Marine Staff Sgt. Maggie Sexton, who will be joining us in Washington, D.C., for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. On the grounds of the Washington Monument, she will be talking to local schoolchildren about what it means to serve. Find ways to serve on 9/11 Day and through the weekend at

Enhancing Corporate Volunteerism to Strengthen Communities

It’s hard to believe that Points of Light is already celebrating its 25th anniversary and, with it, 25 years of mobilizing volunteerism across the globe. That commitment to creating social action that brings change to communities has resonated with countless volunteers, nonprofits and companies. As the chair of Points of Light’s Corporate Service Council, the organization’s impact is something I’ve been delighted to be a part of.

Reclaim the Legacy of 9/11 Through Volunteer Service

Across the country on Sept. 11, millions of Americans will perform good deeds to help others and reclaim the legacy of what happened on that day 14 years ago. Will you join them?

Uncovering Young Leaders Who Might Not Otherwise Get a Shot

George Whitehead uncovers young leaders who, without encouragement, might never discover their ability to lead. “Sure, if you join the Boy Scouts you receive leadership training,” says Whitehead. “The same for if you decide to participate in student governance. But if no one steers you in those directions, how do you get there? We want to make sure that those nontraditional candidates don’t fall through the cracks.”

She Created a Haven That Served a Special Role for Kids After Hurricane Katrina

Long before Hurricane Katrina, Joann Sawyer Cook worked to lift up New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood, an area plagued by poverty. When Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, floodwater submerged Central City. Working with the church, Cook set out to help.

Want to Volunteer Virtually? Here’s How

Virtual volunteering is a trend that promises to grow, as more and more of our lives move online. In this Q&A, Yvonne Siu Turner of Points of Light sat down with Jared Chung, founder of, an organization that crowdsources career advice for at-risk youth, to explore the growing micro and virtual volunteering movement.

Some Volunteers Rebuilt Homes After Hurricane Katrina – These Volunteers Rebuilt Forests

Ripping across the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina led to the destruction of 320 million trees and more than 5 million acres of forest, damaging critical ecosystems and threatening North America’s climate. Marv and PJ Marshall – who were in Washington, D.C., attending the White House Conference on Conservation when the hurricane struck – set out to help.