Press Releases

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 .
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.