Press Releases

January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON-- On Sunday, January 20, Points of Light, Target, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will launch the third annual America’s Sunday Supper campaign – a national, grassroots series of community gatherings designed to bring people together to share a meal and discuss ways people of all political persuasions, races and ethnicities, ages and faiths can collaborate to meet urgent local needs.

January 17, 2013

Points of Light is now welcoming nominations for the 2013 Corporate Engagement Awards of Excellence, which recognize companies that have made employee volunteering a central part of their business operations by putting structure, policies, procedures and evaluation in place to encourage employees to give their time and talents to their communities.

January 10, 2013
Points of Light has joined with The Allstate Foundation and Target to launch Good & Ready, an initiative designed to help people prepare themselves, their families and their communities before disaster strikes.

 

As winter weather affects much of the country and many continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, we are reminded that knowing what to do before, during and after a disaster can make all the difference when seconds count.

January 9, 2013
Next weekend, more than 250,000 individuals will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through hands-on volunteer projects in hundreds of communities nationwide, thanks to the combined efforts of Points of Light, Target, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
November 19, 2012
Corporations across the U.S. are estimated to provide more than $15 billion in pro bono volunteer services to nonprofits in 2012, according to the Taproot Foundation; and 66 percent of nonprofits in America say they need pro bono volunteer services more than any other of volunteering. To better leverage these skilled services, today the Nonprofit Collaborative launched the Readiness Roadmap, an online guide that assesses, prepares and connects nonprofit organizations with key tools and resources to engage skilled volunteers and maximize their time.
November 16, 2012
From the latest micro-volunteering strategies to leveraging the technical expertise of food industry giants, companies in the Twin Cities and across the country are redefining the future of corporate service through pro bono volunteering. On Nov. 16, A Billion + Change will recognize Twin Cities businesses leading social change through pro bono service at a breakfast and panel discussion at the Mall of America.
November 15, 2012

Children are holding bake sales and penny drives. Teens are loading heavy supplies on an assembly line. Families are adopting families through virtual volunteering. People of all ages are working hard to help those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

Families across the country can join efforts to help those most in need on Family Volunteer Day, taking place Nov. 17. For more than two decades, Family Volunteer Day has been held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season with giving and service.

November 13, 2012
Points of Light and Village Capital today launched the first start-up accelerator dedicated solely to investing in civic ventures that inspire, equip or mobilize people to create positive change. Teams from 10 start-ups will gather this week in Atlanta for the start of an intensive 12-week boot camp focused on mentoring, entrepreneur education, peer support and networking. Each start-up has received a $10,000 investment. Two of the most promising ventures – as determined by the entrepreneurs themselves – will win $50,000 investments at the end of the 12 weeks.
November 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 8, 2012   The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, today announced the results of The Civic 50. IBM, Citi, and AT&T, Inc. take top honors in the first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

November 7, 2012

What: Exelis Action Corps, the employee volunteer service program of McLean-based Exelis Inc., will hold its inaugural service event in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, November 9, 2012. The event will be hosted in collaboration with Final Salute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safe and suitable housing for female veterans.

October 22, 2012
McLean, Va. – With two weeks to go before the election, millions of Americans can agree on one issue: They will take action to improve the nation on Make A Difference Day, Saturday October 27. Sponsored by Gannett’s USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light, the nation’s largest mobilizer of volunteers, the annual Make A Difference Day inspires millions of Americans to volunteer in service to their neighbors and communities. Thousands of projects are planned involving corporations, communities, non-profit organizations, states and individual Americans. Gannett is leading volunteer projects all across the country. Those projects are funded by $500,000 in grants from The Gannett Foundation. HandsOn Network Action Centers nationwide are also leading projects.
October 15, 2012

Register for the free webinar and join the conversation on October 23, 2012 at 12:00pm ET at #ProBono

Building on the momentum of World Food Day this October, A Billion + Change and CSRwire are organizing a free webinar to spotlight the innovative ways that businesses are helping to fight hunger and support food security at home and in developing countries through skills-based volunteering.
October 11, 2012
Business4Better (B4B) today announces its nonprofit partners, B Lab, Points of Light and Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Each partner has an established track record and earned a leadership role in promoting the B4B mission of enabling successful corporate and nonprofit partnerships that have a positive societal impact on communities. These three organizations join OneOC, previously announced as a B4B nonprofit partner.
October 9, 2012
Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service (home to AmeriCorps) and a coalition of more than 55 veteran and military service organizations, nonprofits and government agencies from across the country today launched the Community Blueprint – a national initiative to support the reintegration of returning military service members, veterans and their families. 
October 3, 2012
Scholastic Media , a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing, education and media company, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light and largest volunteer network in the nation, announced today the winners of its fourth annual 'BE BIG In Your Community Contest,' a signature program of the ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG!™ campaign.

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