OverviewAll for Good is a hub for volunteerism and community service on the Internet, and a service of Points of Light. We envision the site as a meeting place for organizations and individuals, providing a communal platform that allows people to see where change is needed, and makes it easy for them to engage. Powered by the largest online database of volunteer opportunities, All for Good is connecting Americans with nonprofits both large and small.
All for Good began taking shape in December 2008. It was directly inspired by the call of President Obama to engage more Americans in service, the social media achievements of his campaign, and the musings of Internet pioneer Craig Newmark. Influenced by these trends, a group of changemakers from the technology, marketing and public sectors convened to design an online resource for Americans to easily find ways to serve.
The concept found a receptive audience with leading thinkers in both the public and private sectors. A team of engineers and product managers at Google grew passionate about this vision; they agreed to lend 20 percent of their time to help build an application. Others quickly signed up, including Craig Newmark himself and other leadership from the Craigslist Foundation. With this momentum, an all-volunteer team came together, drawing in representatives from a wide range of other organizations, including Aha! Ink, Craigslist Foundation, EchoDitto, FanFeedr, UCLA, and YouTube.
All for Good debuted at the 2009 National Conference of Service and Volunteering under the leadership of Our Good Works, a nonprofit formed to manage All for Good and provide governance via its board of directors. All for Good also announced a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide search capabilities to Serve.gov, a website designed to enable Americans to find and share opportunities in their communities.
A New Chapter with Points of Light
In October 2011, All for Good was acquired by Points of Light, one of the leading institutions in the service field. Two years later, Points of Light is pleased to present an updated All for Good website, with a new, easy-to-use opportunity posting system, a disaster-specific opportunity portal, and a fresh coat of paint--much thanks to UPS and The Gap.
Points of Light inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. We connect people to their power to make a meaningful difference. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help 21st century volunteers use all of their assets - their time, talent, voice and money - to meet the critical needs of our time. Points of Light Institute operates multiple divisions including: HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the world with 250 local affiliates; generationOn, the global youth service division that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world; and AmeriCorps Alums, a network of more than 120,000 experienced volunteer leaders. For more information, visit www.PointsofLight.org.