Press Releases

January 17, 2012
Atlanta, January 17, 2011 — GenerationOn , the youth activation enterprise of Points of Light , has named Concetta Bencivenga as executive director. The global youth service movement ignites the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. With Bencivenga’s leadership experience and lifelong devotion to service, generationOn will continue its momentum into 2012, inspiring young people across the country to create positive change.
January 17, 2012
Atlanta, Jan. 17, 2011 — Points of Light welcomes Al Carter as its new chief operating officer. Carter is a proven senior executive with broad management experience at a variety of unique organizations and operating environments for more than three decades. Carter’s appointment as COO comes at the opportune time to utilize his expertise to help mobilize 3.5 million people to use their time, talent, voice and money to create community change in 2012.
December 6, 2011
Atlanta, Dec. 6, 2011 – Six organizations have been awarded grants to lead service projects and dialogue on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps create change in communities across the country. All these organizations will bring communities together to bridge differences and address homelessness, hunger and poverty that American families and veterans face today.
November 10, 2011
Atlanta, Nov. 10, 2011 – Points of Light today called on the nation to honor the service of our military men and women by serving others. As part of its observance of Veterans Day and a year-round commitment to engaging and serving veterans, members of the military and their families, Points of Light reinforced the White House Joining Forces initiative by inviting Americans to take simple actions beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with a goal of generating five million acts of service by Veterans Day 2012.
November 7, 2011
New York City, Nov. 7, 2011 – Points of Light today helped kick-off the Opportunity Nation campaign, a broad-based, cross-partisan coalition of nearly 200 public, private, nonprofit, civilian and military organizations all working together to create and advocate for an agenda that provides better skills, quality jobs and stronger communities to all Americans.
November 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 3, 2011)—Today, nonprofit, corporate and government leaders will gather to mark a major milestone for A Billion + Change—a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars in skills-based and pro bono volunteer services to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to effectively meet community needs.
October 13, 2011
Washington, D.C. - In response to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, the entertainment industry’s Inter-Guild Joining Forces Task Force today released new public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey.
October 12, 2011
Atlanta, October 12, 2011 Points of Light Institute today formally installed a medallion at The Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C., celebrating the life and service of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP. The Extra Mile is the only national monument created and dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism and America’s belief in the power of individuals to make a different in the world.
October 7, 2011
Atlanta, Oct. 7, 2011 — Points of Light has added four new members to its Board of Directors, all of whom bring a history of civic involvement and strong points of view on how to help people use their time, talent, voice and resources to create change in their communities. The newly appointed members of the Points of Light Board of Directors are:
September 29, 2011
NEW YORK CITY – September 29, 2011 – Today, in his third annual “Back-to-School” address, President Barack Obama called on students across the country to put their passion, ideas and energy into action to help bring America back to the top. He encouraged this generation to make their mark now on the issues that matter most to them. In his speech, the President cited three high school students that have made extraordinary accomplishments including generationOn Youth Advisory Council member Jake Bernstein, a 17 year-old student from St.
September 11, 2011
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Rekindles Spirit of Unity NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2011 -- Millions of Americans across the country are expected to observe today's 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by engaging in charitable service and good deeds, answering the call of the spirited "I Will" campaign launched this summer with the goal of organizing the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history in tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors, and all those who rose in service in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
September 7, 2011
In the Wake of Hurricane Irene, East Coast Showcases Importance of Being Prepared for Emergency Situations
September 7, 2011
ATLANTA – Sept. 7, 2011 – One of the goals of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is to create a permanent and positive legacy rekindling the spirit of unity that existed immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and honoring the 9/11 victims, heroes and all those who rose in service in response to the terrorist attacks that changed our nation.
August 15, 2011
NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2011 – In a drive to organize the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history in observance of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, MyGoodDeed (, a leading 9/11 nonprofit organization, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute, today launched an inspiring national public service announcement (PSA) campaign.
August 9, 2011
New York, August 9 — From aiding Haiti earthquake survivors to feeding the hungry in local communities to educating peers about environmental issues, young people across the country are helping to shape their communities — and the world —t hrough service. Fifteen of these young heroes have been named to PARADE’s 2011 All-America Service Team, announced in this Sunday’s issue.