Press Releases

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 .
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: