“Harris Wofford’s life was the very definition of what we at Points of Light hold up and support through our mission, a life that includes service to others. His dear friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.’ A lifelong advocate for civil rights, national service and volunteering, Sen. Wofford was an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and, alongside Rep. John Lewis, authored the act establishing MLK Day as a day of service – a day on, not a day off.
ATLANTA - Points of Light is pleased to announce the addition of five leaders to its board of directors. Each individual brings an enduring commitment to service, and will apply their expertise to Points of Light’s mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that creates change in communities around the world. “All five of our new board members share our vision to inspire future generations to carry forward the commitment to give back,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “This dynamic group of leaders provide a perfect complement to our current board. We look forward to leveraging their skills and energy in our work.” The new cohort of board members began their service on Jan. 1, 2019, and will serve a three-year term.
ATLANTA – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in FundingU, a for-profit enterprise, and Girls Going Global, a nonprofit enterprise. Both ventures are addressing the growing gap in financial resilience across the country, and as a first for the program, are both based in the same city, Atlanta. The Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator and investment fund in the country focused on civic ventures – for-profit and nonprofit startups that solve social problems by tapping into human capital as part of the solution. The goal of the accelerator is to equip each startup to seek investments and scale their social innovations.
ATLANTA – Today, Points of Light opens The Civic 50 survey, an annual initiative that recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States. Now in its seventh year, The Civic 50 serves to recognize stronger corporate commitment to community through engagement, volunteerism, and social impact strategies. Participation in The Civic 50 survey is open to companies with revenue of $1 billion or higher, that are prioritizing community-building, enhancing corporate citizenship, and delivering innovative employee volunteer programs.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – Points of Light announced today that a dynamic group of 38 influential Twin Cities leaders will serve as Host Committee members for the annual Points of Light Conference, to be held June 18-20, 2019, in St. Paul. The 2019 Points of Light Conference, co-hosted this year with HandsOn Twin Cities, is the world’s largest service-related convening, bringing together nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change globally. This year’s event will challenge attendees to not only ask “how do we get more people to volunteer to make change,” but also “how can we create a society where it is easy for every individual to take action to accelerate change within their community and around the world?”
President George H.W. Bush was a kind, compassionate and humble man; a leader who believed in service for the betterment of society. As he aptly put it, 'any definition of a successful life must include service to others.' The call to serve your country and your fellow man – both of equal value – was a centerpiece of his presidency and his life. It was from the White House that he founded Points of Light, which has evolved into the largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the power of individuals to create change. Today because of his work, Points of Light is an enduring part of his legacy.
ATLANTA – Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, released the “Global Volunteerism Journey Report,” a first-of-its-kind study that examines the similarities and differences in family volunteering from five countries around the world. Underwritten by The Walt Disney Company, the study was commissioned to assess the global state of volunteerism and key barriers to overcome, identify solutions and opportunities to increase family volunteering, and understand the best ways to communicate opportunities.
ATLANTA – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced the 11 ventures selected to participate in its fall 2018 program. The ventures come from across the country and include early-stage for-profits and nonprofits that improve financial health, create opportunities for economic mobility and prepare families for financial success in the 21st-century economy.
ATLANTA – Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and Starbucks have launched Starbucks Service Fellows, an innovative, employer-led service program inspired and informed by national service. The initial six-month pilot, launched this month, includes 36 Starbucks retail partners (employees) in 13 cities across the United States, who will serve with a Points of Light affiliate in their communities, collectively providing more than 17,000 hours of community service.
ATLANTA – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in Cell-Ed (Palo Alto, California), a for-profit enterprise, and STEM NOLA (New Orleans), a nonprofit enterprise. Both ventures are focused on bridging the digital divide and filling the growing digital talent pipeline.
ATLANTA — Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service announced The Civic 50 honorees of 2018, recognizing them as the most community-minded companies in the United States.
ATLANTA – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced the 12 ventures selected to participate in its spring 2018 program. The ventures come from across the country and include early-stage for-profits and nonprofits focused on bridging the digital divide and filling the growing digital talent pipeline.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in an effort to boost the service year field and advance shared missions, Service Year Alliance officially acquired AmeriCorps Alums from Points of Light. AmeriCorps Alums, which had been an enterprise of Points of Light since 2005, is the only national network that connects the more than 1 million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs to resources that support their lifetime of service.
ATLANTA – Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, is deeply concerned about the negative impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget on communities across the country. The plan provides a small amount of funding to support the shutdown of the Corporation for National and Community Service, setting the agency and all national service programs up for elimination the following year.