Press Releases

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.

June 23, 2016

ATLANTA, GA (June 23, 2016) – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in New York On Tech and PYT Funds – one nonprofit and one for-profit startup. Both are creating greater opportunities for all to succeed in the digital economy by launching new models to increase financial and digital inclusion.

June 22, 2016

DETROIT, MI (June 22, 2016) – The 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service kicks off on Monday, June 27, at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The conference, the largest of its kind in the world, brings together nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders from across the globe to learn, connect and be inspired. Thousands of service-minded attendees from across the United States and 36 countries will gain the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people in their own communities to create change.

May 12, 2016

MCLEAN, VA. (May 12, 2016) – Grassroot volunteer efforts from across the country were recognized today during the Make A Difference Day 2016 National Awards in Washington, DC. The annual luncheon was hosted by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) and Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) in partnership with Newman’s Own, Inc. and Points of Light. Make A Difference Day is the largest day of community service, bringing together millions of Americans to volunteer in their local communities.

March 29, 2016

ATLANTA – March 28, 2016 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 13 ventures selected to participate in its Spring 2016 program. This will be the seventh cohort of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures come from across the U.S. and include for-profits and nonprofits that focus on digital and financial inclusion to help more people succeed in the digital economy.

March 15, 2016
DETROIT – March 15, 2016 – Organizers of the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which provides the singular opportunity for thousands from around the world to come together to shape the future of volunteerism, today announced an influential and dynamic group of leaders to serve on the host committee for the annual Conference being held on June 27-29 in Detroit.
January 22, 2016
ATLANTA – Jan. 22, 2016 – Ayesha Khanna, who created the Points of Light Civic Accelerator to support startups with social missions and citizen action, was recently named to Foreign Policy magazine’s Leading Global Thinkers of 2015, which includes heads of state, top minds in medicine and science, world-renowned artists and entrepreneurs at the forefront.
January 20, 2016
ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2016 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator, the first national accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on "civic ventures,” has launched an application to call for innovative, early-stage social ventures with business models that focus on digital and financial inclusion to help more people succeed in the digital economy.
January 14, 2016
ATLANTA – Jan. 14, 2016 – Points of Light, with support from GE Volunteers 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. 18, by mobilizing more than 200,000 volunteers across the country in service projects and discussions of critical community issues.
December 10, 2015
ATLANTA – Dec. 10, 2015 – Points of Light announced today that Detroit has been named host city for the 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will be held at the Cobo Center June 27-29, 2016. Points of Light is currently calling for proposals for thought-leading and innovative workshops as part of the annual Conference.
December 1, 2015
OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 1, 2015 – Just in time for #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back, the ConAgra Foods Foundation today unveiled Hunger Volunteer Connection. This initiative seeks to arm volunteers and organizations with tools to take action to end hunger in the U.S., an issue that impacts 48 million people across the country.
November 23, 2015
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Nov. 23, 2015 – generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) have partnered for The Joy Maker Challenge. Now in its sixth year, the annual campaign connects youth ages 5-18 to meaningful, hands-on service projects and encourages them to take action and spread some much needed joy to those in need during the holiday season through volunteerism. For every kid and teen who volunteers as part of the campaign, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots, up to $1 million worth.
November 18, 2015
NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 -- The holidays provide an opportunity to spend quality time with family, and there is no better way to kick off the holiday season than to participate in service projects and perform acts of kindness during Family Volunteer Day, on Saturday, November 21.