Blog Archive

Blog Archive

How You Can Help Fight Childhood Hunger This Summer

Summer is the season to enjoy endless fun in the sun with sunscreen, flip flops, and cold beverages. But if you’re one of the 15 million children living in food-insecure households, surviving summer means finding a way to not go hungry. School is often the most reliable place where kids can get a meal. With the end of the school year approaching, the fight against childhood hunger becomes especially urgent.

Using Mindfulness Practices, She Helps Veterans Find Hope, Healing and Empowerment

Gail Soffer is the founder and executive director of the Mindful Warrior Project. Combining vast experience in both nonprofit management and wellness modalities, she brings simple, secular mindfulness practices to veterans, as well as active duty, guard, and reserve, their family members, and their service providers to build a comprehensive community of care and support, so they can “Be Free, Be Well, and Be Whole” in their daily lives.

HandsOn Hong Kong Launches Social Enterprise to Employ People with Disabilities

In Hong Kong, people with disabilities are often not visible in the community. Some 2 percent of Hong Kong’s population has an intellectually disability and these individuals are often left out of the workforce due to a lack of appropriate job opportunities. With this in mind, HandsOn Hong Kong developed an innovative social enterprise to increase the integration of intellectually disabled adults into society, while also facilitating healthy eating habits in the workplace.

Through Financial Coaching, She Empowers People to Believe in Themselves and Reach Their Goals

Not long after she started a job at a prominent financial services firm, Virginia “Vivian” Fenton began volunteering for Baltimore CASH Campaign, a local nonprofit whose mission is “creating assets, savings, and hope.” Fenton wanted to share valuable lessons she learned from her parents, who emigrated from Montserrat, on the importance of building savings.

Employee Volunteers Demonstrate Fidelity's Commitment to Education and Service

Building on its corporate volunteering efforts throughout the year, Fidelity Investments recently celebrated its annual Fidelity Cares Day, with more than 6,000 employee volunteers sharing their time and talent with 27 schools and 81 projects across the United States, Canada and India. The day’s projects reached nearly 18,000 students and more than 2,600 teachers.

The Power of Volunteers: Rebuilding Flint

The Points of Lights Disaster Services team has been on the ground in Flint, Michigan, meeting with volunteers, and contributing our expertise in volunteer mobilization and management. In their own words, many of the volunteers shared with us stories of neighbor helping neighbor, and the resiliency and determination of the Flint community in the aftermath of the lead water crisis.

Harnessing the Power of Her Alumni Network, She Launched a Pro Bono Consulting Group to Help Nonprofits Thrive

Jackie Einstein Astrof worked in the nonprofit sector during the nationwide financial crisis of the late 2000s, and saw the serious impact it had on nonprofit fundraising and the resultant need for nonprofits to undertake strategic re-assessments. A longtime active community volunteer, Astrof launched PennPAC to bring together alumni from her alma mater to provide pro bono assistance to nonprofits.

10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service

This year’s event includes 11 diverse learning tracks with more than 100 workshops, and plenary sessions featuring inspiring leaders from the rapidly evolving field of social change—all joining attendees to celebrate volunteering and service and to highlight the impact of changemakers across the globe.

Perfecting the Art of High-Impact Charity Events, She's Helped Raise More Than $50 Million for Causes Worldwide

Carolyn Farb has been a Texas fundraising legend since the early 1980s, perfecting the art of staging classy charity events that, to date, have raised over $50 million for more than 100 charitable organizations. 

From Food Drives to Disaster Relief, Outstanding Make a Difference Day Volunteers Awarded Grants to Make Change

Millions of volunteers unite in service each October for Make a Difference Day, participating in a variety of projects to make a meaningful impact on their communities. This week, volunteers with 13 nonprofits and community groups – selected from thousands of entrants – will be honored for their outstanding 2015 Make a Difference Day projects.

Making an Artful Difference, Giving Animals a Voice

Bria Neff hears voices. The 9-year-old Sioux Falls resident is tuned into a frequency not everybody wants to hear, a channel powered by a great loss and need, a hue and cry rising up from far flung corners of the earth. “If I was queen of the world, I would give every animal a voice,” says the pint-sized artist, who does just that through her portraits of endangered and threatened species.