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 our Global Network of affiliates in 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. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

Our History: How Volunteering Became a Movement

In his 1989 inaugural address, our founder President George H.W. Bush shared his vision of "a thousand points of light" — individuals and organizations across the nation helping others through service. Today, Points of Light transcends politics and borders to inspire millions worldwide.


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