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Tracy Hoover

'Tis the Season of Light: How the Brilliance of Individual Points of Light Brightens our World

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.27.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Whether it's the glare from my neighbors' overdone rooftop spectacle, the simple beauty of the menorah that graces my friend's table or the glow of th...

Finding - and Spreading - Joy in 2016

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.12.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

It's this time of the year when the promise of peace and goodwill seems especially precious to me. Maybe even more so this year, which has unfolded ag...

How Will You Set Your Table?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Conversation, giving thanks and sparks of change. Did you know that it was Abraham Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday? It's true, ...

Service Unites: A Post-Election Strategy

Tracy Hoover | Posted 10.13.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Just a week before the first presidential debate, Points of Light gathered a group together for our own version of an "ideas-that-matter conference" i...

ServiceWorks VISTA Is Changing the Narrative of South Central LA

Tracy Hoover | Posted 09.09.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

This morning, as part of a 9/11 Day commemoration, I had what anyone would consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand with a group of service ...

The Purpose App: Reinventing How People are Invited to Serve and Changing How They Apply Their Passion

Tracy Hoover | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

If you watch Shark Tank, you can picture the set up - an "X" prize competition for social good: bright lights, big stage, tough judges and even toughe...

What's Their Secret? Lessons from the Most Community-Minded Companies in America

Tracy Hoover | Posted 08.29.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

This post by Tracy Hoover, Points of Light's CEO. Chances are that when you receive a package from UPS you don't give a second thought to the compl...

Detroit - A Resilient Community We All Got to See

Tracy Hoover | Posted 08.09.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

This post by Tracy Hoover, Points of Light's CEO, originially appeared on the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University's blog. Resiliency is...

How Changemakers are Putting America Back Together - Starting in Detroit

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today, many of the greatest minds in business, nonprofit, and government will come together, as they do every year at the Conference on Volunteering a...

Honoring a World Champion Changemaker

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Last week, we all lost a champion humanitarian, a changemaker and a bright point of light in our world with the passing of Muhammad Ali. Throughout hi...

National Volunteer Week Celebrates Individual Changemakers and the History of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.16.2017 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Norman Hurns mentors elementary school boys on "life skills and character education" through Brothers Making a Difference, a program he created after he saw a need to inspire and motivate kids growing up in a city hit hard by changing economics and the shrinking auto industry -- Detroit.

Songs and Stories with a Purpose - What's Yours?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.08.2017 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

A friend emailed me this week, asking if I had watched the Academy of Country Music Awards the night before -- and specifically what I thought of Tim ...

Women Making History, Building Stronger Communities and Changing Lives

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.02.2017 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

For this past month, I’ve loved learning more about power-women in history and the mark they’ve made on the world. It also has me thinking a lot a...

Help, Hope, and the Power of One Tweet in Brussels

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.26.2017 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Belgians offer stranded tourists a place to stay with #PorteOuverte #ikwilhelpen https://t.co/mwAhCrHzut pic.twitter.com/JON02tmed7 — Los Angeles...

Forget Veggies! Science Shows Volunteering Is Healthier

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.16.2017 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

For years, volunteers nationwide have been telling Points of Light that they are happier, healthier people as a result of making a difference in the l...

How a Hindu Friend Fixed This Christian's Christmas

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.25.2016 | 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 11.26.2016 | 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.

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

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.08.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | 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.

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?

Do You Remember Your First Volunteer Experience?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I'll never forget my first Hands On Atlanta volunteer project nearly 20 years ago. I remember a spilled vat of applesauce and getting lost more than once.

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 the list below...

I'll Admit it: I Don't Care for Turkey

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you -- points of light everywhere -- for all that you have done this year.