In the News

June 6, 2012
The Minneapolis StarTribune highlighted the work of A Billion + Change in helping provide micro-volunteering opportunities to corporate volunteers. "Working online in intervals as short as 15 minutes, they use their job skills to help nonprofits brainstorm marketing ideas, design logos, proofread brochures, build databases and much more," according to the story. You can read more online.
June 6, 2012
Julie Murphy, Points of Light's vice president for government affairs and public policy, recently sat down with the National Conference on Citizenship to talk about volunteerism and how the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act has progressed since President Barack Obama signed it three years ago.
June 6, 2012
We’re proud to announce that TIME Magazine has named Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, the founder and president of our partner organization Give an Hour, to the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its ninth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Dr.
June 6, 2012
The value of volunteer service through Points of Light and its enterprises has risen to a new threshold of more than $700 million.
April 4, 2012
Points of Light is in active communications with the Volunteer Center of North Texas, our HandsOn Network affiliate located in Dallas, where numerous tornadoes struck on April 3. Currently, the Volunteer Center is actively managing spontaneous volunteers and working with partners to identify opportunities for people to support recovery efforts in the area. Please visit for more information and to register your interest to volunteer.
April 4, 2012
Points of Light has released its 2011 Year in Review. The report recaps our achievements and provides a look at our plans for the future. Points of Light continues to promote service as a solution for our most pressing issues related to education, the environment, our economy and emergency preparedness in the U.S. and around the world. All of our work reaffirms our core belief that it is through people that change happens in the world.
March 30, 2012
Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Wendy Spencer as the next CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Points of Light extended family is thrilled to have her stepping into this critical leadership role.
March 14, 2012
When you pick up your morning coffee this week, keep an eye out for a flashy Starbucks tumbler that does more than just keep your favorite beverage hot. This specially designed, limited edition tumbler provides a unique connection to community involvement. For every tumbler purchased, Starbucks is donating $5 to HandsOn Network , an enterprise of Points of Light, to support those working to create positive change in neighborhoods across the country.
February 1, 2012

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January 25, 2012
Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn contributed an insightful article about the positive impact of volunteer leaders on the service sector as part of the Catchafire/Fast Company Co.Exist series. You can read the full article here.
January 9, 2012
WABE– January 9, 2012- Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core and a scheduled speaker at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, was interviewed this morning on WABE. He talked extensively about the power of service – especially among young people – to bridge cultural and religious divides and facilitate change. He specifically called out HandsOn Network and Michelle Nunn as a leader in providing service opportunities that celebrate Dr.
December 8, 2011
The very first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was launched on Dec. 5, 2011, in many countries around the world. The Report is expected to enhance recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism worldwide. It will also increase recognition of the critical role of UNV as an organization that sets standards in peace and development, as well as in volunteerism, in the United Nations system.
November 29, 2011
The Nonprofit Times, November 29, 2011- I’m not buying the “end-of-days” hype. I’m fully confident the Mayan Calendar will join the list of dubious doom predictions, alongside Harold Camping’s end of the world timing in 1994 or May 21, 2011, no, wait, Oct. 21, 2011, the hysteria of the Y2K computer failures, and those classic National Enquirer cover stories from the supermarket checkout line. But since we’re talking predictions, here’s where I think we’re going as a sector and as a country.
November 14, 2011
The New York Times, November 12, 2011- THE recession dealt a double blow to many nonprofits. Just as it ratcheted up demand for their services, it also forced them to cut their budgets. So in times like these, volunteers are more valuable than ever. Read more...