The merger will create a network of 370 affiliate organizations covering 83 percent of the U.S. market, generate an additional 90 million volunteer hours, and transform the landscape of the volunteer sector. The mission of the new organization will focus on the power of service and of the individual to effect change, and the organization expects to recruit, train, and place 500,000 new volunteer leaders over three years and to triple volunteer placement efficiency through technology applications. It also plans to create a model to increase corporate volunteering by 10 percent. "The two organizations hope to redefine volunteer service, inspire civic action, and dramatically expand the scope of volunteer contributions within the nonprofit sector," said Terry Williams, interim CEO of the Points of Light Foundation.
Michelle Nunn, co-founder and CEO of the Hands On Network and daughter of former U.S. senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), will lead the new group. Ray Chambers, a philanthropist, will serve as chairman of the board during the integration period, and Neil Bush, CEO of Ignite! Learning in Houston and the son of former president George H.W. Bush, who created Points of Light, will serve as vice chair. Over the next few months, the organization will assemble its board of directors, build a national staff, and begin discussions with other stakeholders in the volunteer sector.
"The time is ripe for us to re-imagine how we can create exponential versus incremental change in volunteerism and civic participation," said Nunn. "Combining the unique strengths and assets of both organizations gives us the opportunity to realize our vision of a world in which all individuals discover their power to make a difference and are equipped as active, engaged citizens."