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Lois Pope Earned the Daily Point of Light Award for Humanitarianism

October 20, 2011

Philanthropist Lois Pope has received the Daily Point of Light Award in recognition of her humanitarian efforts. Provided by the Points of Light Institute, the Daily Point of Light Award has been given to more than 4,500 individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits for their volunteerism and philanthropic work since 1993. The Points of Light Institute serves as a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization focused on elevating the opportunities for volunteers. In addition to selecting nominees for the Daily Point of Light Award, the Points of Light Institute maintains the nation’s largest volunteer organization, the HandsOn Network. The institute receives assistance from youth service groups and veteran volunteers through its GenerationOn and AmeriCorps Alums divisions.

Enacted by President George H.W. Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award was part of his administration’s focus on engaging more Americans in volunteer service. The name of the award comes from President George Bush, Sr., who called volunteers “points of light” in the community and nation. He and his administration’s work led to the establishment of the Daily Point of Light Award and the Points of Light Foundation (now the Points of Light Institute), as well as the Commission on National and Community Service and the National Center for Community Risk Management and Insurance. President George Bush, Sr. recognized thousands of volunteers during his presidency, including 1,020 recipients of the Daily Point of Light award.

Following the presidency of George Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award program disappeared until its re-emergence in 1998 under the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Today, President George H.W. Bush continues to sign each certificate provided to Daily Point of Light Award recipients. Lois Pope is one of thousands of individuals to receive the award. Over the course of her extensive career in volunteerism and humanitarianism, Pope has founded several nonprofits, including the Lois Pope Life Foundation, Inc., to give back to a range of causes including animal welfare, international aid, and medical research.

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