Points of Light Facts

Mission and Vision

Points of Light’s mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which everyone has discovered their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Learn more about what we do >

Impact

Points of Light works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofits to achieve the greatest impact.

4 million
people

mobilized to action
76,000
nonprofits
supported through volunteerism
2,500
companies
working with communities
1
volunteer
needed to change a life

By the Numbers

Financial Information

Points of Light is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Points of Light Form 990
Points of Light Audited Financial statement

Strategic Plan

We plan to significantly grow the number of volunteers and give them more ways to create real and lasting change. We will define a new kind of volunteerism for the 21st century, one that calls on people to give their time, talents, financial resources and voice in service. Our strategic goals:

  • Reach 50 million people each year to raise their awareness and inspire them to make a difference

  • Provide people with access to 1 million projects and opportunities to learn new skills and improve their communities  

  • Mobilize 10 million people each year to use their time, talent, money and voice to create community change

Learn more in our "Who We Are" Overview (PDF).

History

Points of Light was founded in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to encourage and empower the spirit of service. Learn about our history >