Points of Light Names Global Philanthropy Leader Valencia Bembry as New Chief Development Officer to Grow Organization’s Volunteering and Civic Engagement Impact in Communities Around the World

Bembry brings creative fundraising leadership to increase investment in Points of Light’s global impact as a catalyst and leader of civic engagement.

Atlanta| Feb 16, 2024

Points of Light has named Valencia Bembry as the next chief development officer to lead philanthropic investment in volunteer and civic engagement programming for the organization. In a time of increased polarization, an isolation epidemic, and significant declines in volunteering, Points of Light’s mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to act is more urgent than ever. Ensuring individuals, organizations, and companies can collectively tap into their potential to strengthen communities is critical for our civic health worldwide.

In her role, Valencia will oversee the organization’s philanthropic growth and strategic partnerships to create investments in its global network of NGOs, volunteerism and civic engagement research, unique recognition programs including the Daily Point of Light Award, and the organization’s most prominent award recognition, The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards.

“On behalf of the executive team and board of directors, it’s my pleasure to welcome Valencia to Points of Light,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, Points of Light. “Valencia is a warm and energetic executive who brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of leadership in the nonprofit sector. Her experience will accelerate Points of Light to deliver on our mission as a leader in the social impact field, create transformational partnerships and champion service as a pathway for healing our divides.”

A transformational executive, Bembry brings deep experience in philanthropy, fundraising and developing strategic initiatives.

Bembry most recently served as the head of philanthropy at the United Nations Foundation. In this capacity, she led efforts to provide fundraising guidance and support to over 10 UN agencies, resulting in the generation of over $50 million in direct program and operating support. Additionally, she played a key role in fostering the growth of the Business Council for the United Nations.

Bembry boasts an extensive career spanning nearly two decades, during which she has held diverse positions in fundraising and strategic development. Before joining the United Nations Foundation, she dedicated over five years to United Way Worldwide, where she served in multiple fundraising and leadership capacities. Notably, she crafted the strategic framework for a $20 million fundraising initiative aimed at delivering urgent relief to communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am energized by the opportunity to enhance and elevate the role Points of Light plays in uniting people globally,” said Bembry. “The organization empowers people worldwide to foster positive societal changes, while also spotlighting the essential contributions of both individuals and institutions in strengthening their communities.”

Bembry also understands the critical role of volunteers in developing and directing assets. She serves as an advisor to the University of Richmond, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and NeighborShare.

Bembry will start with Points of Light on Tuesday, February 20.


Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 145 affiliates across 39 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 3.7 million volunteers in 16.7 million hours of service each year, contributing $498.7 million of value in people power into communities around the world. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. To learn more about Points of Light visit pointsoflight.org.

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