In the News

September 7, 2012

The deadline to apply to join Points of Light's Civic Accelerator is drawing near. This innovative program, a partnership with Village Capital and supported by PwC Charitable Foundation Inc. and Starbucks Coffee Company, will invest in nonprofit and for-profit startups that inspire, equip and mobilize people as part of their solution to create positive change.

September 4, 2012
Points of Light continues to work with Volunteer Louisiana and the Mississippi Service Commission on the volunteer response to Hurricane Isaac.
Find most up-to-date Hurricane Isaac relief information on HandsOn Network.
August 31, 2012
The warning signs about bears in Glacier National Park were enough to scare my seven-year-old daughter into the next state. To calm her nerves, I had to promise the equivalent of a whole candy store of booty if she actually saw a bear. I figured our chances were next to none of sighting one. When we did shockingly run smack up against a bear cub, we had to move her from elation at her candy-filled future to the appropriate back-stepping distance. "Let's back away from the bear, honey."
August 28, 2012

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, generationOn announced the grant winners for The World Needs More Community Action Heroes campaign. The two month campaign funded by Hasbro encouraged kids and teens to join forces to do good this summer. Over 14,000 youth from around the world answered the call and organized service projects in their communities. Ten outstanding projects were selected to receive $500 grants to continue their work.

August 28, 2012
Big advances in society have always been powered by people. Two of the most powerful service movements in our country - Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America - both used people to do things that others had not thought possible, have ordinary people build houses and get the very best into our classrooms. Today, organizations like DonorsChoose and Kiva are helping people address society's challenges in new and innovative ways.
August 16, 2012
On Friday, August 17th, the White House will welcome over 150 AmeriCorps Alumni leaders from 25 states for a day-long briefing. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, and more than 80,000 will serve this year. The event will highlight AmeriCorps Alumni and public service as a pathway to opportunity and career advancement. Watch the events live and learn more at
August 1, 2012

Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn has been named - for the sixth year in a row - to The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, the paper's annual list of top executives and strategists in

July 12, 2012

The Americorps Alums DC chapter invited alums in the area to attend the July service event held at Dumbarton Oaks Park for a 'Work Day' with the National Park Service Saturday, July 7, 2012.

July 12, 2012

GenerationOn was highlighted as a fun and interactive website teens and tweens can discover ideas for fulfilling service requirements and inspiration to change the world.

July 12, 2012

Thenera Bailey highlighted the work of the Billion + Change Campaign and the importance of corporate social responsibility within small and large businesses.  Read more online.

July 10, 2012

Michelle spoke to 5,000 people at the Chautauqua Institute yesterday to open a week-long series titled “Inspire. Commit. Act.” Page 6 of The Chautauquan Daily highlights Nunn's speech about empathetic impulses and her answers to questions from the audience.

Watch the video of the speech on Youtube.

June 29, 2012

The state of Colorado is having extensive wildfires that are impacting many people across the state. HandsOn Network, an enterprise of Points of Light, is working to support all HandsOn Network affiliates that are supporting this disaster. Currently, three of our affiliates are engaged in the response – Metro Volunteers, United Way of Larimer County and United Way of Weld County. To register your interest to volunteer please visit

June 28, 2012

We're proud to announce that generationOn has been nominated for the Best New Charity Category in the 4th Annual Classy Awards. Read more about their nomination:

June 11, 2012

Neil Bush, chairman of the board for Points of Light, writes about his volunteer role models.

It is not unusual for children to follow the paths cut by their parents. You frequently see the children of doctors enter medicine, military members' children enlist. In my family, we witnessed different forms of public and community service.

My dad's career in politics, along with that of my grandfather, Prescott Bush, taught us that good people motivated by helping others can jump into the political fray and make a positive difference.

June 6, 2012
Ayesha Khanna, president of the Civic Incubator at Points of Light, shared details about the program which inspires entrepreneurs, strengthens early-stage civic ventures and places people at the center of change and innovation.