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 >
Points of Light works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofits to achieve the greatest impact.
mobilized to action
supported through volunteerism
working with communities
needed to change a life
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).
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 >