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How a Hindu Friend Fixed This Christian's Christmas

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.26.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

As I've thought about our changemaking - and how we go about this work of helping each other and building a better world - I'm again reminded that our best work, our highest purpose and our most lasting change don't come from ferreting out and fixing what is wrong with each other.

In Thanksgiving

Tracy Hoover | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Like many Americans, today I'm celebrating Thanksgiving. And, even though I don't really care for turkey or pumpkin anything, this is one of my favorite holidays. It's the acts and ideals of Thanksgiving - shared harvest, community, homecoming and out-loud thankfulness - that speak to this idealist's heart.

Our Salute to 41 at 91

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Twenty-five years ago President George H. W. Bush, Points of Light's founder, created the Daily Point of Light Award to celebrate individuals who were making a difference in their communities - and their world - through volunteer service.

Saluting Barbara Bush and the Points of Light Fighting to End Illiteracy

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Former First Lady Barbara Bush "vowed to make a difference every single day," as granddaughter and TODAY show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager told viewers this morning.

Challenging What's Possible in Pro Bono Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Just imagine the possibilities of deploying the same American business ingenuity that fuels the world's leading economy to tackling the most critical issues of our time - such as eradicating extreme poverty, ensuring strong community health and education systems, protecting our natural resources.

Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

The year was 1974. Hank Aaron had just broken Babe Ruth's home run record and UPC codes were introduced as a major new technological innovation. America was in an energy crisis, and in the midst of the Watergate scandal.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving: Don't Judge a Book (or a Volunteer Opportunity) By Its Cover

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

With National Volunteer Week starting today (April 12), it is important to remember all the things volunteers do.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Tracy Hoover | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Employees have stopped writing #RaceTogether on cups at Starbucks, and critics have mostly stopped sneering at the effort. Will other companies now become wary of promoting or discussing social change?

TIME Magazine Honors 'A Ragged Army of Volunteers' That Needs Your Help -- 3 Quick Ways to Support the Ebola Fighters

Tracy Hoover | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

If you've ever doubted that a small group of dedicated individuals can change - in this case, save - the world, I encourage you to read TIME's story about the Ebola fighters and then do something to support their efforts.

Who Made the List? Announcing the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the Nation

Tracy Hoover | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today, Points of Light and Bloomberg L.P. announced  The Civic 50 – the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation in 2014. See ...

My Office Is in the Middle of a Desert

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today is World Food Day, a United Nations-sponsored day of awareness and action focused on making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Bush Family Member Condemns David Perdue For Linking Michelle Nunn To 'Terrorists'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue is receiving criticism from an unlikely corner: a member of the Bush family. On Tuesday, Neil Bush...

Alex Lazar

George H.W. Bush Endorses David Perdue For Senate, Despite Ties To Michelle Nunn

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

Former President George H.W. Bush endorsed Republican David Perdue in Georgia's U.S. Senate race Monday, despite his long-standing ties to Perdue's De...

11 Words That Are Transforming America

Tracy Hoover | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step – but for more than 900,000 AmeriCorps alumni, the journey of a lifetime of se...

As NATO Meets, a Cross-Atlantic Pair of Young Volunteers Honored for Work Benefiting Military Families

Tracy Hoover | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Yesterday, as NATO leaders convened outside the Welsh capital of Cardiff to deal with terrorism and war, a second extraordinary meeting took place nea...

What Do You Get a President on His Birthday?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

President Bush “didn’t call for one blinding light shining from Washington,” as President Obama said at Points of Light’s 20th...

Kindness Is Contagious: Inspiring Our Children to Make a Difference!

Nick Katsoris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Nick Katsoris

It is one thing to endeavor to make a difference in the lives of children, but when you rally children to make a difference in the lives of other children, it is doubly rewarding.

What Is It That You Want From Life?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Many of us begin the new year with resolutions. Exercise more. Eat less. Unplug. Get involved. Everyone’s list is different, but most focus on c...

Steve Forbes, the Olympics, Congress and Other Stuff For-Profit Colleges Buy With Your Tax Dollars

David Halperin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
David Halperin

America's for-profit colleges are receiving as much as $33 billion in a single year from your tax money, and billions more from the pockets of students, a lot of whom are left deep in debt and jobless from their encounters with predatory schools.

Who Made the List?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today, Points of Light, the National Conference on Citizenship and Bloomberg announced The Civic 50 – the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation.

How a Rowdy Dog Inspired a New Family Tradition

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

This week, many Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving by carrying forward generations-old family or faith traditions – or by creating new ones. ...

For Veterans Day, Three Powerful Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I’d like to pay tribute to all veterans by telling you the story of three people – a boy who lost his dad on 9/11, an Army helicopter pilo...

You Couldn't Escape It

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Though his feet splashed in about an inch of water, Principal Brian Walsh could see a water line two feet high marking the walls of Memorial School in...

5,000 Points of Light: Honoring Our Impulse to Give

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Today, Points of Light, an organization that encourages Americans to volunteer, announced the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award. While serving on the board of Points of Light back in the '90s, I began working with an offshoot called Family Matters, a program that encouraged families to discover the benefits of volunteering together. I had seen those benefits in a very real way in my own family. There are so many forces that divide us from one another. And with the increasing presence of technology, families can easily drift apart, even while in the same room. Volunteering is a force that can bridge those divides and strengthen families at the same time. The idea is to make volunteering a first-level option for families when they're deciding what to do -- right in the mix with movies, going out to eat, playdates, soccer, and Little League. In other words, a normal part of American family life.

Bush Taking A Trip Back To The White House

Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A commitment to volunteerism is bringing together presidents past and present. Former...