The 2017 Conference offers 8 diverse tracks with more than 70 workshops, as well as:
As communities around the world are increasingly faced with diverse political,economic and social challenges, companies are stepping into new and uncharted roles as leaders and advocates in social action, policy and community-building. In this context, how can companies lead with their values and collaborate with communities to bring their resources, time, talent and voice to bear to be a powerful force for good? Join us in the Business Track at Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service, where attendees will leave inspired, mobilized and equipped to lead with their values and help position their businesses as a force for good in society. Be a part of a valuable learning community and access the research, frameworks, insights and networks you need to accelerate and grow your 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
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
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
Hear from social entrepreneurs, corporate intrapreneurs, and thought leaders from around the world who are transforming the way individuals, nonprofits and corporations engage in community change making. Deepen insights into the strategies, innovations and emerging trends that have the potential to change the world as we grow the global service movement together.
"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
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
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
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
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