Press Releases

March 30, 2017

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) — Points of Light released a new report featuring a framework to equip corporate volunteer leaders to build effective employee volunteer programs in Asia, and examples of what’s working for global and regional brands. Across Asia, the public increasingly believes that doing good should be part of a brand’s DNA, according to the 2016 Edelman Earned Brand Study. The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer shows regional leaders are also aware that employees are more motivated to perform when they see their company engaged in societal issues. The Points of Light report addresses these trends by providing practical strategies and insights on how to tailor volunteer programs to the cultural nuances of local markets.

March 29, 2017

ATLANTA (March 28, 2017) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator, with founding partners, the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., and Starbucks Foundation, and CapitalOne Investing for Good, Vodafone Americas Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Dentons, Singing for Change, and hotel sponsor Hilton Worldwide, kicks off the Spring 2017 accelerator program with ventures working to increase economic mobility across the country.

March 16, 2017

ATLANTA (March 16, 2017) – Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, is deeply concerned over President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint and the broad impact the non-defense discretionary program cuts would have on the nonprofit sector’s ability to engage Americans in volunteer service. Specifically, the proposed elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service would devastate community-based organizations that serve children and families, respond to natural disasters, support military families, and generally serve as the backbone of community efforts to address pressing challenges.

March 14, 2017

NEW YORK (March 15, 2017) – Today, the third annual Make Your Mark on Hunger campaign launches nationwide to encourage kids and teens to engage in service that will help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in their communities. The campaign is powered by generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, and sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers.

March 6, 2017

SEATTLE (March 6, 2017) – Points of Light announced today that a dynamic group of influential Pacific Northwest leaders will serve as Host Committee members for the annual Conference on Volunteering and Service to be held June 19-21 in the Emerald City. Convened by Points of Light, the event provides the singular opportunity for nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to learn, connect and shape the future of volunteerism, and draws approximately 3,500 participants from 37 countries, including the United States.

February 7, 2017

ATLANTA (Feb. 7, 2017) – The Points of Light Board of Directors executive search committee announced today that it will partner with Russell Reynolds in the recruitment of a new chief executive for the organization. Current CEO Tracy Hoover previously announced her decision to step down in 2017. She will remain in her role during the search and transition to a new leader.

February 2, 2017

ATLANTA (Feb. 2, 2017) – Points of Light is pleased to announce the addition of seven new volunteer leaders to its Board of Directors. Each individual brings a commitment to civic engagement and a desire to apply their skills and expertise to Points of Light’s mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that creates change in their communities.  

January 18, 2017

ATLANTA (Jan. 19, 2017) – The Points of Light Board of Directors announced today the formation of an executive search committee to oversee the recruitment and hiring of a new chief executive officer for the organization. The search committee is comprised of six Points of Light board members and five non-board members.

January 13, 2017

Points of Light, with support from Southwest Airlines Co. 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. 16, by mobilizing more than 175,000 volunteers across the country. Calling together its community of changemakers, Points of Light encourages people to reflect on gains won during the Civil Rights Movement and to address contemporary issues facing our nation through volunteer service.

January 3, 2017

ATLANTA (Jan. 3, 2017) – After more than 20 years in local and national roles, Points of Light Chief Executive Officer Tracy Hoover announced today that she will step down in 2017. Hoover is making this announcement now to provide sufficient time for a transition period while the Points of Light Board of Directors engages in an executive search. The board expressed its gratitude for Hoover’s leadership.

December 22, 2016

ATLANTA (Dec. 21, 2016) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator, with founding partners PwC Charitable Foundation and The Starbucks Foundation, along with the Ford Motor Company Fund, U.S. Small Business Administration, Hilton Worldwide, Dentons, and Singing for Change, announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in Skill Scout (Chicago, IL) and Grow Detroit's Young Talent (Detroit, MI) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both are ensuring workforce success for youth in Detroit and the Great Lakes region by launching new models that create greater opportunity and prepare young adults for the 21st Century workforce.

November 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 19, 2016) – Family Volunteer Day, powered by generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their communities and neighborhoods.

November 15, 2016

Washington (Nov. 15, 2016) – For Eli Lilly and Company, community change means ensuring every student in Indianapolis has access to STEM education. For FedEx, it means having FedEx team members help teach safe motorist behaviors to create safer, more walkable communities. For KeyBank, community change manifests itself in $25 million in funding and research efforts for affordable housing communities across the country. These are just three of the 50 companies Points of Light recognized as best practice corporate citizens in 2016. Who will be among the most community-minded companies in America in 2017?

November 14, 2016

ATLANTA (Nov. 14, 2016) - In the wake of an historic election, we have seen people from all walks of life looking for ways to come together, to tackle tough challenges, and to move forward to find healing by helping others. It starts with service: volunteering strengthens relationships and connections with neighbors, and it empowers individuals to create the change they want to see in their communities. In fact, research has shown that people who volunteer are happier and healthier as a result of making a difference in the lives of others.

September 28, 2016

ATLANTA, GA (September 28, 2016) – Points of Light announced today that Seattle will serve as host city for the 2017 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will be held June 19-21, 2017. Points of Light is calling for Conference workshop proposals focused on replicable strategies for engaging volunteers in local problem-solving, capacity building for community organizations, innovative technology for social good, and more.

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