Press Releases

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.
October 1, 2012
Points of Light and BoardSource are proud to announce the launch of the Board Member of the Month Award, which will honor outstanding individuals for their commitment to advancing the public good through exceptional nonprofit board leadership. “The leadership of board members is critical to the effectiveness of nonprofits. Their personal commitment to the organization’s mission makes them important advocates for the cause and multiplies the organization’s message and connection to the community,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light. “By recognizing the impact board members make through their work, we hope to inspire others to use their time, talent, voice and money for a cause close to their heart.”
October 1, 2012
A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars in skills-based volunteer and pro bono services from corporate America by 2013, will recognize several companies for their pro bono leadership at an event titled “Envisioning the Future of Corporate Service: A Discussion on Corporate Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteerism.” The event will take place Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the California Endowment, and will honor visionary companies including Bank of America, Deloitte, Experian, Mattel and PIMCO.
August 31, 2012
Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Louisiana coast on Aug. 28, bringing high winds and severe flooding, leaving more than 800,000 without power. As residents along the Gulf coast assess the damage, Volunteer Louisiana, Mississippi Service Commission, Points of Light and its HandsOn Network affiliates have activated to assess volunteer needs and opportunities to support recovery in the area. “As Isaac continues to move inland, HandsOn Network affiliates and our partner organizations are working to determine how we can best assist with local recovery efforts,” said Kellie Bentz, Points of Light director of disaster services. “Volunteers will play an important role in the coming weeks.”
August 23, 2012

More than 3,500 individuals – including first responders, veterans and the business community – will join together in Mobile, Ala., on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance to support those who protect us in times of emergency and learn the best ways to help the community prepare for a disaster. Points of Light is supporting this effort, and thousands of others across the country, to honor those lost and those who rose in service after the 2001 attacks.

August 7, 2012
After a nationwide search, generationOn, the youth enterprise of Points of Light, brought together 14 young people from across the nation who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their commitment to philanthropy to form the 2012-2014 generationOn Youth Advisory Council, the second Council to serve since generationOn launched in October 2010. These young leaders embody generationOn’s vision of developing young people into creative problem-solvers, allowing them to experience their power and potential to become global leaders through service in their communities.
July 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, announced the start of a two-week countdown to the closing of The Civic 100, a national initiative to survey, rank and recognize corporations making a difference in communities. S&P 500 companies have until July 31 to complete The Civic 100 survey.

July 3, 2012
School's out and super heroes are in! GenerationOn, Points of Light’s youth service enterprise, is empowering kids all over the country to use their summer to take action and make their mark through their summer 2012 campaign, "The World Needs More Community Action Heroes." With kids, young and old, flocking to movie theaters for superhero blockbusters, generationOn is harnessing that excitement and encouraging young people to join forces to do good this summer.
June 28, 2012
More than 5,000 leaders from the service sector came together this week to create new ideas for service, discuss challenges and work together to create solutions through the power of people at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago. Building on the turning point created in Chicago, it was announced today that the 2013 Conference will be held in Washington, D.C.
June 27, 2012
Washington, D.C. — A Billion + Change, a rapidly growing national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer (SBV) services from corporate America, announced today that 200 companies have pledged an estimated $1.8 billion worth of skills-based services to help build nonprofit capacity. This keeps A Billion + Change on track to inspire 500 companies to create or expand a skills-based volunteer program in their workplace by 2013.
June 19, 2012

Chicago - Today, Points of Light honored three companies for their exceptional employee volunteer programs, leading the charge to inspire corporations to solve our communities’ largest challenges. Cbeyond Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and Timberland, LLC were each awarded the 2012 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for building innovative volunteer programs designed to create positive change in their communities.

June 7, 2012
Chase Sponsors Service Project to Create Vegetable Gardens at Local Schools The National Conference on Volunteering and Service has a legacy of active engagement with its host cities’ communities. This year’s service program, Seeds for Change sponsored by Chase, showcases the Chicago motto “Urbs in Horto (City in a Garden)” as a model for how environmental and economic success can be achieved through service.
February 23, 2012
Points of Light today announced the launch of its new Leadership Partner Program to recognize and engage companies and business leaders whose social responsibility investments have resulted in significant advancement of its mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.
January 24, 2012
Registration is now open for the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, June 18-20 in Chicago. Convened by Points of Light, the Conference is the leading gathering of its kind, bringing together more than 5,000 service leaders to learn and cultivate new ideas for service, discuss challenges and work together to create solutions through the power of people.
January 19, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, marked the beginning of their year of service by honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and contributing their time, talent, voice and money to improve their communities on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 16. “Dr. King’s work and message, which impacted so many aspects of our society, are more pertinent today than ever before,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light .