Thousands of leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and civic sectors convened to kick off the 2014 Points of
Headline speakers include filmmaker, actor and philanthropist,
"We're here to adopt a design-lab mentality, sharing good ideas and models and imagining together how to accelerate change," said Points of Light President
At a wide range of workshops, forums and special events, attendees will explore key topics of the day - education, economic opportunity, faith, the environment and more - and participants will collect concrete strategies for how to help their communities.
Conference activities also include hands-on service opportunities. Today attendees joined HandsOn Atlanta and Unsheltered No More in projects with local organizations (https://pol.expoplanner.com/index.cfm?do=expomap.sess&event_id=30&session_id=4980) that serve the city's homeless. And 500 attendees volunteered during a teacher appreciation service event (https://pol.expoplanner.com/index.cfm?do=expomap.sess&event_id=30&session_id=5035) at the
UPS is the title sponsor of this year's Conference.
"Despite the economic downturn, corporate giving is on the rise, fueled by a big jump in pro bono service," said Hoover. "We applaud the work of the companies here today to strategically align their core business assets, their philanthropy and their employee volunteerism to accelerate change."
And service is spreading across the globe - the 2014 Conference boasts attendees from 35 countries. For more on this event, visit www.pointsoflight.org or www.volunteeringandservice.org.
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