Press Releases

April 14, 2015
Points of Light will lead the nation in celebrating ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18. This annual event honors the people and organizations dedicated to taking action and addressing problems in their communities. National Volunteer Week draws the support and endorsement of President Barack Obama, who issued a national proclamation, and members of Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups.
April 13, 2015
The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 14 ventures selected to participate in its spring 2015 program. This will be the sixth round of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures come from across the U.S. and include for-profits, nonprofits and hybrids that are creating opportunities for women and girls to succeed in today’s economy.
March 9, 2015
NEW YORK – March 9, 2015 – Points of Light is proud to partner with CBS EcoMedia to support the Viewers to Volunteers (V2V) community. Viewers to Volunteers, which launches today at, is a new digital platform that empowers consumers to support causes they care about, for free. By watching and reading compelling and inspiring articles and videos on their smartphones, tablets and computers, and sharing these positive stories with others over social media, consumers direct funding to a variety of education, wellness and environmental projects across the country.
February 27, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 27, 2015 – First Book and Points of Light today announced that five volunteers from across the country – all dedicated to improving literacy in their communities – will receive the Daily Point of Light Award. One honoree encourages kids to read to his dogs. Another wraps books as birthday presents. In ways that are meaningful to them, all are helping our nation’s children learn to read.
February 23, 2015
ATLANTA, Feb. 23, 2015 – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), AmeriCorps Alums – a Points of Light enterprise – today announced five winners of its National Leadership Awards, all of whom exemplify a commitment to a lifetime of service and bringing communities out of poverty. The 50th anniversary honors VISTA’s legacy of strengthening communities and creating opportunities that lift individuals out of poverty.
February 11, 2015
ATLANTA – Feb. 11, 2015 – Points of Light Board Chair Neil Bush announced today that Tracy Hoover, who has served as Points of Light’s president for the past 18 months, has been named the organization’s new chief executive officer. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Points of Light board.
January 16, 2015

Organizations Mobilize Hundreds of Thousands on the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

#MeetupMonday, Sunday Suppers Encourage Face-to-Face Conversations

January 14, 2015

Daily Point of Light Award Will Recognize Volunteers During 2015 Read Across America Campaign

December 23, 2014
ATLANTA, December 22, 2014 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator will invest $50,000 each in Project Scientist and Hello Tractor, one nonprofit and one for-profit startup selected by their social enterprise peers.
December 10, 2014
ATLANTA – Dec. 10, 2014 – Points of Light today announced that Madden Manion, the organization’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, has been promoted to Chief Development Officer.
December 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8, 2014 – Community engagement is an integral part of business strategy for some of America’s largest corporations, according to this year’s Civic 50 ranking released today by Points of Light, with support from Bloomberg L.P. This year’s survey shows that companies are dedicating their time, talent and resources to strengthen their communities and are in turn, seeing a positive business impact, and enhanced employee engagement, skill-development, and diversity and inclusion.
December 5, 2014

ATLANTA, Dec. 5, 2014 – Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, received a $1.2 million grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to mobilize volunteers worldwide to tackle some of society’s toughest issues.

November 11, 2014

Youth and Family Service Projects Take Spotlight with Campaigns Sponsored by Hasbro, Inc. and Disney Friends for Change

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 – With its mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize a nationwide network of kids and teen volunteers this holiday season, generationOn kicks off its two signature campaigns today to provide youth, families and schools with easy and meaningful ways to give back to their communities.