I’ve got exciting news to share. As part of an innovative agreement and partnership between leading nonprofits, Points of Light is transferring AmeriCorps Alums — our programming, our brand, and our assets — to Service Year Alliance.
You may or may not know Service Year Alliance as the two-year old nonprofit startup that envisions an opportunity to serve for every young person in America. AmeriCorps Alums was involved in the early conversations that led to its formation and have partnered with Service Year Alliance’s team often over the years.
We’re excited about this transition because it will connect AmeriCorps Alums’ work to the growing Service Year Alliance ecosystem of national service organizations, participants, and alumni in this country both online and in local cities and towns. Service Year Alliance has been building online tools to support service year corps member recruitment and will now expand those tools to include service year corps member and alumni support and engagement. Service Year Alliance also has movement building organizers across the country and that will help AmeriCorps Alums connect more of our network to opportunities to take action and advocate in support of national service.
We’ve got big ideas for this move too. We’re going to continue building our professional development resources and expand opportunities to support alums after they serve. We’re going to pursue new funding and partnerships for things like mentorship, leadership cohort trainings, and community outreach.
I want to extend my sincere thanks to Natalye Paquin, the CEO of Points of Light, and the entire Points of Light Board of Directors, for their willingness to pursue an acquisition strategy with a partner organization. Here’s a portion of note co-written by Natalye and Shirley Sagawa, CEO of Service Year Alliance, explaining the rationale:
On behalf of Points of Light and Service Year Alliance, we are excited to share that AmeriCorps Alums will become part of Service Year Alliance in 2018. This is part of a very intentional set of actions by both of our organizations, which we believe benefits the alumni network and the national service field. National service and community volunteerism have always been considered the twin engines of civic engagement. This transition will strengthen the collaboration between Points of Light and Service Year Alliance to support volunteerism and service in this country and grow our civic culture...Ben Duda, executive director, will be moving to Service Year Alliance as well to continue his leadership of AmeriCorps Alums and take on additional responsibilities. Our organizations are thrilled to collaborate in this strategic action...
We’re excited for the future of AmeriCorps Alums and hope you’ll join us on this journey. Please take two minutes to sign-up as an AmeriCorps Alum at Service Year Alliance so you can receive future news and communications.