Press Releases

January 18, 2017

ATLANTA (Jan. 19, 2017) – The Points of Light Board of Directors announced today the formation of an executive search committee to oversee the recruitment and hiring of a new chief executive officer for the organization. The search committee is comprised of six Points of Light board members and five non-board members.

January 13, 2017

Points of Light, with support from Southwest Airlines Co. and the Corporation for National and Community Service; and in partnership with nonprofits and hundreds of local volunteer action centers, will mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 16, by mobilizing more than 175,000 volunteers across the country. Calling together its community of changemakers, Points of Light encourages people to reflect on gains won during the Civil Rights Movement and to address contemporary issues facing our nation through volunteer service.

January 3, 2017

ATLANTA (Jan. 3, 2017) – After more than 20 years in local and national roles, Points of Light Chief Executive Officer Tracy Hoover announced today that she will step down in 2017. Hoover is making this announcement now to provide sufficient time for a transition period while the Points of Light Board of Directors engages in an executive search. The board expressed its gratitude for Hoover’s leadership.

December 22, 2016

ATLANTA (Dec. 21, 2016) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator, with founding partners PwC Charitable Foundation and The Starbucks Foundation, along with the Ford Motor Company Fund, U.S. Small Business Administration, Hilton Worldwide, Dentons, and Singing for Change, announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in Skill Scout (Chicago, IL) and Grow Detroit's Young Talent (Detroit, MI) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both are ensuring workforce success for youth in Detroit and the Great Lakes region by launching new models that create greater opportunity and prepare young adults for the 21st Century workforce.

November 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 19, 2016) – Family Volunteer Day, powered by generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their communities and neighborhoods.

November 15, 2016

Washington (Nov. 15, 2016) – For Eli Lilly and Company, community change means ensuring every student in Indianapolis has access to STEM education. For FedEx, it means having FedEx team members help teach safe motorist behaviors to create safer, more walkable communities. For KeyBank, community change manifests itself in $25 million in funding and research efforts for affordable housing communities across the country. These are just three of the 50 companies Points of Light recognized as best practice corporate citizens in 2016. Who will be among the most community-minded companies in America in 2017?

November 14, 2016

ATLANTA (Nov. 14, 2016) - In the wake of an historic election, we have seen people from all walks of life looking for ways to come together, to tackle tough challenges, and to move forward to find healing by helping others. It starts with service: volunteering strengthens relationships and connections with neighbors, and it empowers individuals to create the change they want to see in their communities. In fact, research has shown that people who volunteer are happier and healthier as a result of making a difference in the lives of others.

September 28, 2016

ATLANTA, GA (September 28, 2016) – Points of Light announced today that Seattle will serve as host city for the 2017 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will be held June 19-21, 2017. Points of Light is calling for Conference workshop proposals focused on replicable strategies for engaging volunteers in local problem-solving, capacity building for community organizations, innovative technology for social good, and more.

September 28, 2016

MCLEAN, VA (September 28, 2016) - TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) will partner with the Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light for Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 22. Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. In their inaugural year of the partnership, the Arby’s Foundation will provide support for Make A Difference Day projects across the country. Points of Light is a longtime partner of Make A Difference Day.

September 22, 2016

ATLANTA, GA (September 22, 2016) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 15 ventures selected to participate in its Fall 2016 program. These civic start-ups include for-profits and nonprofits focused on increasing educational outcomes and workforce success for youth in the Detroit and Great Lakes region.

September 8, 2016

ATLANTA, GA (September 8, 2016) – Commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – will launch a series of community-based service projects and a storytelling project curating profiles and stories of 9/11 responders and service members.

August 16, 2016

DETROIT, MI (August 16, 2016) – Following the momentum of Points of Light’s 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service at the end of June, 2,500 General Motors employees are returning to Detroit’s Cody Rouge community to participate in a day of service on this week.

August 11, 2016

ATLANTA, GA (August 11, 2016) - Points of Light and The Walt Disney Company will celebrate the impact of family volunteering across the nation by honoring exemplary family volunteers with a Daily Point of Light Award.

June 29, 2016

DETROIT, MI (June 29, 2016) – Points of Light awarded three inspirational changemakers from around the country with the Daily Point of Light Award at the 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service. Among the awards was a posthumous recognition of the late Muhammad Ali, Olympic professional boxer and world champion humanitarian, activist and philanthropist. Lonnie Ali, his wife, accepted the Daily Point of Light award in his honor.

June 28, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2016) – America’s largest corporations are increasingly turning good intentions into sound business practices. That’s the promising bottom-line from an analysis of the 2016 Civic 50, the annual Points of Light initiative that recognizes and honors the 50 most community-minded companies in America.