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Points of Light is a nonpartisan, 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 177 affiliates across 38 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 16 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.

    19 States Awarded Volunteer Generation Fund Grants Totaling $4 Million Image

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    08-26-10

    19 States Awarded Volunteer Generation Fund Grants Totaling $4 Million

    Points of Light Institute congratulates the 19 US state service commissions awarded Volunteer Generation Fund grants totaling $4 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service on August 24, 2010.

    This is the first cycle of gra...

    Michelle Nunn Honored by Usher's New Look Foundation Image

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    08-06-10

    Michelle Nunn Honored by Usher's New Look Foundation

    Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network, is receiving the inaugural Global Ambassador of Youth Award tonight from the New Look Foundation, founded by Usher Raymond IV. The award will be presented in Atlanta at a star-studded gala, w...

    HandsOn Network Partners With Fidelity Investments(R) To Transform 11 Middle Schools Across The United States  Image

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    07-22-10

    HandsOn Network Partners With Fidelity Investments(R) To Transform 11 Middle Schools Across The United States

    HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute and the largest volunteer network in the nation, is partnering with Fidelity Investments®, one of the world's largest providers of financial services, to help revitalize the learning environments in 11 m...

    New Standardized Metrics for Employee Volunteer Programs Available to Companies Seeking to Measure Impact Image

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    07-09-10

    New Standardized Metrics for Employee Volunteer Programs Available to Companies Seeking to Measure Impact

    Companies that have long wanted to measure the ROI (return on investment) and impact of their employee volunteerism programs now have new standardized metrics to utilize, thanks to the HandsOn Network.

    As the number of Employee Volunteer Progr...

    HandsOn Network to Partner with Crowdrise to Promote "Sponsored Volunteering" Image

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    06-30-10

    HandsOn Network to Partner with Crowdrise to Promote "Sponsored Volunteering"

    HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the nation, today announced that it is partnering with Crowdrise, the recently launched web platform that brings the power of crowdsourcing and the fun of social networking to fundraising and volunteerism. Crowdrise will help...

    Points of Light Recognizes Extraordinary Achievements in Service Image

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    06-29-10

    Points of Light Recognizes Extraordinary Achievements in Service

    As our nation struggles with continuing crucial challenges, Points of Light Institute last night honored inspirational achievements from individuals and organizations who have significantly transformed communities for the better. They were recognized at the 2010 National Co...

    HandsOn Network Announces Next Generation Volunteer Management Solution Built On Salesforce.com’s Cloud Computing Platform Image

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    06-25-10

    HandsOn Network Announces Next Generation Volunteer Management Solution Built On Salesforce.com’s Cloud Computing Platform

    HandsOn Network is set to unveil HandsOn Connect, a groundbreaking solution delivered with cloud computing to help nonprofits improve how they manage everything from volunteer recruitment, operations and activities, to event planning, website and donor and contact management...

    Points of Light Institute Recognizes Extraordinary Corporate Volunteer Programs Image

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    06-17-10

    Points of Light Institute Recognizes Extraordinary Corporate Volunteer Programs

    As corporations and citizens struggle with continuing crucial challenges in education, the economy, and the environment, Points of Light Institute is honoring four companies and a business volunteer council for their extraordinary employee volunteer efforts to solve commun...

    HandsOn Network Joins Monster's Keep America Working Tour Image

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    05-17-10

    HandsOn Network Joins Monster's Keep America Working Tour

    With the nation's unemployment rate still around 10 percent, job seekers are looking for ways to keep their skills up to date and expand their network of contacts. However, because the number of paid opportunities cannot match the number of those needing jobs, people are loo...

    AmeriCorps Alums Lead Celebration of National Service  Image

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    05-10-10

    AmeriCorps Alums Lead Celebration of National Service

    AmeriCorps alumni across the country are leading the nationwide celebration of AmeriCorps Week, May 8-15, spotlighting the vital work done by AmeriCorps members. Alumni of AmeriCorps are planning events to highlight and celebrate the effect that national service has had on t...

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