The 2017 Conference offers 8 diverse tracks with more than 70 workshops, as well as:

Sessions that offer opportunities for reflection and renewal

Immersion learning to connect with the city and be inspired

Engaging service projects that give back to the host city


Learning Tracks

Inspiring World Class Employee Engagement Programs

By participating in the Business Track workshops at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, attendees will leave inspired, mobilized and equipped to lead with their values and help position their businesses as a force for good in society. The workshops will provide a valuable learning experience to connect participants with the research, frameworks, actionable insights and networks they need to accelerate and grow their corporate volunteer programs.

“The Points of Light Conference reinforces for me that employee volunteering can be transformative – for the employee, for the company, and for the nonprofit partner and community. When you’re surrounded by 5,000 other motivated human change agents, Conference serves as a reminder of the power of people to do good. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out of your day-to-day routine, meet peers, learn best practices, hear about innovations, and stretch yourself a bit – so that you can be empowered to return to your company and do more, do better.”

— Sarah Middleton, Executive Director, The PIMCO Foundation

Driving Results for Nonprofits

Discover proven solutions for increasing nonprofit effectiveness and improving an organization’s ability to collaborate, drive innovation, utilize cutting-edge technology and activate skill-based volunteers to identify and meet the needs in your community.

"Conference provides a vital opportunity for us to connect across geographic regions and sectors. As we discover and learn from one another, we become a community, working together to solve our challenges, and our work is critical to the future of our civil society."

— Brian E. Dean, President & CEO, Jersey Cares

Making a Difference in Schools

Learn about issues and innovations to engage volunteers of all ages to assist in increasing student attendance, improving students' academic performance and graduation rates.

"There’s something about sharing an inspiring experience like Conference that helps strengthen bonds and brings team members closer to achieving common goals. When we get home we are ready to take our organization to the next level… together."

— Kristina DaSilva, Chief Operating Office, HandsOn Broward

Global Mindset to Volunteerism

Hear from international leaders about global approaches to volunteer mobilization, social change strategies and emerging technologies that are inspiring citizen participation and deepening volunteer impact worldwide.

"This is the most amazing conference I have ever participated in. There were 3,000 people from all over the world, sharing our thoughts, knowledge, best practices, and ways of solutions on how we can do things better, more efficiently, and multiply the impact of our work in the Third Sector. All of us shared one main target – how can we provide help, support, and the best solutions to people in need in our communities…The choice is yours, if attending the Points Of Light conference is ‘One Day or DAY ONE’!"

— Lena Panagiotarea, Consultant, Greece-Athens

At the Crossroads of Entrepreneurship and Service

Learn from social entrepreneurs and innovators across sectors who are developing new ways to connect with and engage individuals in meaningful ways to meet social missions. Engage in new and unique approaches to solving problems.

“The Conference on Volunteering and Service is a unique opportunity for corporate volunteer engagement professionals to come together, learn from each other, share best practices, and network. The conversations are honest, eye-opening, and affirming. I’ve brought back and implemented ideas shared at the conference.”

— Sally J. Ehrenfried, Manager, Philanthropy & Volunteer Engagement, Blackbaud

Meeting the Urgent Needs

Discover successful models that empower and equip every day citizens to create healthy, vibrant, thriving communities. When local, state and national government agencies, nonprofits and community changemakers focus on strengthening educational opportunity, economic advancement, youth and family services, access to basic needs, social equity and cultural expression their collective action can lead to clear, measurable impact and sustainable long-term change. Learn best practices and techniques for engaging volunteers from across the community in consensus building and community organizing to tackle the toughest issues faced by communities.

"I attended the Points of Light conference in Atlanta in 2014 during a brief stint as a volunteer manager at a non-profit in Los Angeles serving women struggling with homelessness. It was such an educational and inspirational experience. It did exactly what conferences should do and I returned rejuvenated; armed with techniques and information to make my work stronger."

— Angie Kamel, former Volunteer Manager, Downtown Women’s Center, Los Angeles

AmeriCorps Leads the Way

Take part in the National Service conversation and learn effective techniques for strengthening National Service VISTA programs. Connect with practitioners to learn hands-on information on recruitment, retention, member participation and satisfaction.

"When I started working in the world of disaster volunteerism, it was a fairly solitary existence. There were few people in the field that I could really learn from or network with. The first Points of Light Conference that I attended changed that. The Conference convenes people from all of the country that know exactly what I am going through. Over the next few years, I would attend Conference and view them as a reunion. A chance to connect with peers and really grow the disaster volunteerism movement. Eventually, even I became a resource for this broader network and am eager to advance community engagement in our collective communities."

— Lisa Tatum, Volunteer Now

Leveraging Volunteer Strategies for High-Impact Programs

Equip organizations with breakthrough tools and strategies for recruiting, retaining and managing high-impact volunteer programs with a special emphasis on innovation and idea exchange with peers who manage multi-issue programs.

“Attending Points of Light’s Conference has given me the opportunity to build strong, personal relationships with other leaders in our field. There are some colleagues that I see only at conference, but I know that I can pick up the phone any time and get advice and support from them. I've picked their brains, "borrowed" their ideas, and learned from their experience. None of this knowledge would have been available to me had I decided to sit in my office alone. As a nonprofit leader, I've learned that creating and strengthening my peer network has been crucial to my success, both personally and organizationally.”

— Amy Lytle, Executive Director, HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

Contact Information

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Conference on Volunteering and Service
Attn: Events
600 Means Street, Suite 210
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

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For information on corporate sponsorship, contact Kate Nichols.


For media inquiries, contact Robert Montgomery or Amber Gowen.

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What Others Are Saying

The opening plenary at Conference was very relevant and deeply motivating. I feel the speakers had such a personal and emotional investment in their causes that truly resonated with attendees.

— 2016 Detroit Attendee

I walked away inspired, rejuvenated, and thankful for a wonderful experience. Thank you to Points of Light and the amazing volunteers for all of the hard work to make this happen and possible. I truly had a great time connecting with leaders from around the world.

— 2016 Detroit Attendee

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