In the News

November 19, 2012

Coca Cola recognizes the inspiring story of San Miguel, a senior flavor chemist and sweetener scientist at The Coca-Cola Company who provides education and employment opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for people with disabilities.

Points of Light connects San Miguel with elementary and middle schools to teach, excite and inspire kids.

November 15, 2012

Kids and families are kicking off the holiday season with giving and service on Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, Nov. 17.

November 14, 2012
  • What does volunteer service have to do with wellness?
  • What can wellness advocates learn from those who mobilize volunteers every day?
  • What makes the biggest difference in building a movement - incentives, leadership or timing?
November 12, 2012

"One of the most common pleas I hear as I go around the country is, 'I want to help our veterans, but I can't figure out how.' Having worked in the government for 41 years, I can understand that. The government is a big bureaucracy and sometimes it can be hard to help."

November 8, 2012

The Civic 50, published today by Bloomberg Businessweek, offers the nation's first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

November 6, 2012
The 2012 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honorees are advocating for victims of childhood abuse, working to prevent millions of pounds of waste out of landfills, mentoring homeless youth, helping to break the cycle of poverty, and empowering teens with disabilities through inclusion programs. Discover their stories … and be inspired to create your own. Each of these honorees have received $10,000 for their charitable cause.
October 23, 2012

Zach Certner, one of our generationOn 2012 Hasbro Community Action Heroes is highlighted in Take Part this week.


Zach Certner believes the best people to spread an anti-bullying message for special needs children are their peers.

October 22, 2012

Michelle's Optimist's Tour of America was published in the AJC this past week.


By Michelle Nunn

More than half of Americans tell pollsters they believe our country is heading in the wrong direction, they doubt their children will have a better future, and they believe American values are eroding.

October 15, 2012
Today, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized 24 organizations from across the nation as Together for Tomorrow (TFT) Challenge winners for the 2012-2013 school year.  Together for Tomorrow is a joint initiative of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships together with the U.S.
October 4, 2012

Michelle talks about social change at the Social Capital Market Conference in San Francisco last week.

October 3, 2012

Are you a fearless changemaker?

Did you take a risk that paid off? Did you experiment with a few ideas before coming up with the right one? Did you learn from failure, succeed through partnerships or let urgency conquer your fear? If your answer is yes, you could win up to $25,000 in grants and prizes from the Case Foundation.

Points of Light is joining the Case Foundation to search for undiscovered social innovators who are dreaming big and taking risks to change their communities and the world.

October 2, 2012

Is the country heading in the wrong direction? That's the question that sent Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn on a seven-week car trip across the country with her family. This week, USA Today is featuring her conclusions.

October 2, 2012

GenerationOn is giving out 50 start-up grants of $300 each to spark youth service around the country. The mini-grants are available to support generationOn Kids Care Clubs (ages 5-10) and generationOn Service Clubs (ages 11-18) that register between Sept. 1, 2012 and Nov. 15, 2012 and commit to completing a service project by May 31, 2012. Applications are due by Nov. 15, 2012.

October 1, 2012

You don't often hear high school students rave about banking, but PIMCO's "Tools for Tomorrow" skills-based volunteer program has youth in Orange County, Calif., fired up about credit and debt, budgeting and more.

"The best feedback we receive from Tools for Tomorrow students is when we hear them say, 'I'm going home and telling my mom about budgeting.' Or, 'I'm going to talk to my parents about opening a savings account," said Sarah Middleton, vice president of community outreach for PIMCO and executive director of the PIMCO Foundation. "These stories are amazing and impactful, especially because we're working with students whose parents literally keep their money under their mattresses."

September 10, 2012

Today the Washington Post ran an article about our Points of Light Tribute Awards event that happened this past Friday evening in Washington, D.C. Thanks to everyone for making it a successful event.

Read the news article here.