Press Releases

March 29, 2016

ATLANTA – March 28, 2016 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 13 ventures selected to participate in its Spring 2016 program. This will be the seventh cohort of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures come from across the U.S. and include for-profits and nonprofits that focus on digital and financial inclusion to help more people succeed in the digital economy.

March 15, 2016
DETROIT – March 15, 2016 – Organizers of the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which provides the singular opportunity for thousands from around the world to come together to shape the future of volunteerism, today announced an influential and dynamic group of leaders to serve on the host committee for the annual Conference being held on June 27-29 in Detroit.
January 22, 2016
ATLANTA – Jan. 22, 2016 – Ayesha Khanna, who created the Points of Light Civic Accelerator to support startups with social missions and citizen action, was recently named to Foreign Policy magazine’s Leading Global Thinkers of 2015, which includes heads of state, top minds in medicine and science, world-renowned artists and entrepreneurs at the forefront.
January 20, 2016
ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2016 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator, the first national accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on "civic ventures,” has launched an application to call for innovative, early-stage social ventures with business models that focus on digital and financial inclusion to help more people succeed in the digital economy.
January 14, 2016
ATLANTA – Jan. 14, 2016 – Points of Light, with support from GE Volunteers and the Corporation for National and Community Service; and in partnership with nonprofits and hundreds of local volunteer action centers, will mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 18, by mobilizing more than 200,000 volunteers across the country in service projects and discussions of critical community issues.
December 10, 2015
ATLANTA – Dec. 10, 2015 – Points of Light announced today that Detroit has been named host city for the 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will be held at the Cobo Center June 27-29, 2016. Points of Light is currently calling for proposals for thought-leading and innovative workshops as part of the annual Conference.
December 1, 2015
OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 1, 2015 – Just in time for #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back, the ConAgra Foods Foundation today unveiled Hunger Volunteer Connection. This initiative seeks to arm volunteers and organizations with tools to take action to end hunger in the U.S., an issue that impacts 48 million people across the country.
November 23, 2015
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Nov. 23, 2015 – generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) have partnered for The Joy Maker Challenge. Now in its sixth year, the annual campaign connects youth ages 5-18 to meaningful, hands-on service projects and encourages them to take action and spread some much needed joy to those in need during the holiday season through volunteerism. For every kid and teen who volunteers as part of the campaign, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots, up to $1 million worth.
November 18, 2015
NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 -- The holidays provide an opportunity to spend quality time with family, and there is no better way to kick off the holiday season than to participate in service projects and perform acts of kindness during Family Volunteer Day, on Saturday, November 21.
November 13, 2015
ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2015 – Disney and Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – announced 10 families who will receive the Daily Point of Light Award in honor of their exceptional volunteer work. Awards will be presented starting Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Nov. 27, to celebrate Family Volunteer Day – a day of service led by generationOn – the youth division of Points of Light. Disney, a proud supporter of the Daily Point of Light Award and Family Volunteer Day, has worked with Points of Light and generationOn for more than 20 years to help mobilize the nation into action through volunteerism and service.
October 21, 2015
HOUSTON, Oct. 21, 2015 - Today at the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Houston, the Daily Point of Light Award is presented to Tyson Gersh, who is bringing a community together to grow fresh food amid urban blight. The Daily Point of Light Award, created by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, celebrates the power of individuals to spark change and improve the world.
October 20, 2015
HOUSTON, Oct. 20, 2015 - The Daily Point of Light Award, created by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, celebrates the power of individuals to spark change and improve the world. In 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron started the daily award in the U.K. to recognize outstanding individuals who are voluntarily making change in their communities and inspiring others. Today at the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Houston, awardees from the U.S. and the U.K. are honored for their dedication to serving young amputees around the world.
October 19, 2015
HOUSTON, Oct. 19, 2015 - On the first day of the Conference on Volunteering and Service, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Houston, two sisters from College Station, Texas, will be honored for their love of reading that led to a community project that brings books and blankets to children in need. Harper and Maggie Cunningham, are the Daily Point of Light Award honorees today. The Daily Point of Light Award, created by President George H. W. Bush in 1989, celebrates the power of individuals to spark change and improve the world.
September 24, 2015
HOUSTON, Sept. 24, 2015 – The Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, providing the singular opportunity for thousands to come together to shape the future of volunteerism, will be held in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 19-21. The 2015 Conference will include some of the most recognized names in leadership, entertainment and philanthropy, all joining attendees to celebrate volunteering and service and highlight the impact of Points of Light.
September 22, 2015
LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 22, 2015 – 2U, Inc. is partnering with AmeriCorps Alums to provide its members with a $5,000 tuition benefit toward quality graduate degrees at top-tier universities in business, government, social work and mental health, health care, education, and other high-demand career areas. 2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential.

Pages