Points of Light Institute CEO selected for distinguished honor for third consecutive year

ATLANTA (August 7, 2009): For the third consecutive year, The NonProfit Times has named Points of Light Institute CEO and HandsOn Network Co-Founder Michelle Nunn to its annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50. Nunn is recognized for undertaking an innovative new approach in generating and sustaining a national commitment to serve among citizens, communities and corporate America. She was a leader in the coalition of organizations that helped secure the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the most significant piece of volunteer and service legislation the nation has seen in 20 years.

It was Nunn’s visionary leadership that led to the merger of Points of Light and Hands On Network almost two years ago, creating the nation’s largest volunteer management organization—an organization that is helping to direct the country’s response to the unprecedented national call to service. In 2008, Points of Light Institute, through its network of 250 HandsOn Action Centers, delivered more than 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at $615 million and engaged 1.2 million volunteers in service that created needed impact in communities across the nation.

The NonProfit Power & Influence Top 50 list is created from nominations by The NonProfit Times editorial staff, contributing staff and past nominees. Honorees were chosen based upon their current impact and the novel plans they have created for the future of the service sector. Nunn was selected out of the 250 nominations the publication received. Diana Aviv, President & CEO, Independent Sector; Bill Gates, Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation; Marguerite Kondracke, President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance; Sterling Speirn, President & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lisa Paulsen, President & CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation; were among the other leaders included on the list. For the full list, visit: www.PointsofLight.org/current-news.

Nunn began her career as the founding director of Hands On Atlanta, a non-profit organization and now an affiliate of HandsOn Network that helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools. She was the organization’s first staff person, and under her leadership, HandsOn Atlanta grew from a grassroots startup in 1989 to one of the nation’s largest community-based volunteer organizations. As similar organizations were developed across the country, an overarching entity was created to manage the growing network of affiliates. Nunn became president and CEO of HandsOn Network and two years ago took the helm of the combined Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network after the merger.

Nunn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1989 with a major in history and a minor in religion. She has studied at Oxford University and in India. She was a Kellogg National Fellow and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Nunn currently serves on the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, is a co-convener of the Service Nation coalition and serves as a board member of All for Good. She has received a variety of awards, including the Fast Company Award in 2007 and 2008. She was recently named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians."

The NonProfit Times will celebrate these legendary change agents at The NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala in September at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference. Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share our mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

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