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Supporting More Effective National Service

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A lot of really good people are helping Americans in need via the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's a "private-public partnership," meaning that people in business, government, and the nonprofit sector work together with citizens to get results.

Points of Light Conference Highlights: My Top 10 List

Michelle Nunn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

Last week, Points of Light's 2013 Conference on Volunteering and Service convened in Washington, D.C.

Chris Christie: Service Transcends Politics

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact

After joining President Obama at the Jersey Shore to promote Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues to emphasize...

WATCH: If Karl Rove's Dance With Donna Brazile Will Save The Nation, His Solo Dance Will Surely Destroy It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

GOP strategist Karl Rove and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile made an effort Wednesday to bridge the chasm of hyperpartisanship, dancing together a...

Turning Points: A Personal Essay On Service and Answering the Call to Volunteer

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

Being a part of the Millennial generation, I feel like my peers and I have heard a million times how "special" we are and how each individual can make a difference. I'm not sure exactly how helpful it is to buy stock in our own "special-ness," but I know that I can make a difference.

You Only Want Me for My Money! Tips for Nonprofits looking for Charity Sponsorship

Shar McBee | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Shar McBee

Corporations will give away $1.7 billion or more this year for the "halo effect" that comes from partnering with a nonprofit. Will your nonprofit benefit? Here's the catch: They don't want you if it's only about the cash. (How would you feel if you were only wanted for your money?)

The Most Generous Presidents

Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact

Sure, all of the leaders of the free world are supposed to share in the glory of Presidents Day. But, here at HuffPost Impact, we’d like to take a m...

Teaching Kids the Importance of Giving Back

Catherine Siroka | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Catherine Siroka

Hopefully, these organizations and others like them can inspire your kids with a new sense of responsibility and a positive focus.

A Commitment to Service

Neil Bush | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Neil Bush

It is not unusual for children to follow the paths cut by their parents. You frequently see the children of doctors enter medicine, military members' children enlist. In my family, we witnessed different forms of public and community service.

National Volunteer Week Challenge: Submit Photos From All 50 States!

Posted 04.23.2012 | Impact

National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, isn't just about random acts of kindness. The movement urges you to make giving back part of your life. Volun...

A Transcendent Man

John Bridgeland | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Bipartisan outpourings are rare in Washington these days. So when they happen, they should make news. The occasion was the birthday celebration of eight decades of service by Harris Wofford.

Bringing President George H. W. Bush's Points of Light Vision to Life

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

Underlying the sweeping reforms and essential institutional responses to disaster, to poverty and to all forms of need has been the one reliable but often unheralded individual volunteer.

A Day To Give Back And Volunteer With Your Kids

The Huffington Post | Sarah H. Lee | Posted 02.02.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: As we head into the giving season, we'll be doling out all kinds of...

Celebrating The Peace Corps' 50th Birthday

Michelle Nunn | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

On Sept. 22, 1961, Congress approved legislation creating the Peace Corps. This organization was born not of politics, but rather the enthusiasm and idealism of students responding to a speech by President John F. Kennedy that lasted under five minutes.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Currency for Change

Gary A. Officer | Posted 05.30.2011 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

At Oxford University this week Jeff Skoll (first employee and President of EBay) will use his wealth as a catalyst for bringing together social entrepreneurs from around the world to meet and exchange ideas.

All Together Now? AmeriCorps and the Thousand Points of Light

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 05.29.2011 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

AmeriCorps members are the recruiters and leaders of millions of community volunteers, the full-time, consistent presence that makes so much possible.

Stronger Together: All for Good Joins Points of Light Institute

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

Since nonprofits exist to solve problems rather than build bureaucracies, the notion of consolidation to cement our gains and improve our efficiencies seemed like a worthwhile option.

The Power to Change the World

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

In my commencement address at Wesleyan College, I reminded students to take the bounty of their education and, whatever their path, find a way to serve others.

America's Best Export

Stuart W. Holliday | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stuart W. Holliday

As America looks for ways to engage the world -- and not compromise its core values in the process -- promoting our culture of volunteerism and service stands out as a promising avenue.

The Heroes Who Choose to Do More Than Show Up

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week, an apt occasion to pause and celebrate the millions of Americans who have seen the needs in their communities and asked, "what can I do to help?"

You Only Need a Heart Full of Grace

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

On Martin Luther King Day, millions of Americans around the country will take a "day on" not a "day off." This year, every individual has the opportunity to answer President Obama's call to serve.

Presidents Obama, Bush Celebrate

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

President Bush built a powerful legacy around making service central to people's lives. The next step in the service movement is to make service central to our nation's priorities.

Greening Hollywood: Green Leadership, ATHGO International and the U.N.

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

ATHGO International recently gathered 100 students and young professionals together for a 4-day Forum held, this time, at UCLA (past ATHGO Internation...