Important Announcement regarding Reimagining Service
January 15, 2015

Dear Reimagining Service Supporter,


I am writing to share with you an update on Reimagining Service.


After careful consideration, we have concluded that the original purpose of Reimagining Service has been achieved and therefore, we will sunset the current operations of Reimagining Service later this month.


Reimagining Service was established in 2009 as a time-bound campaign to increase social impact through effective volunteer engagement practices across all sectors. We have met our campaign objectives to spark a conversation regarding strategic volunteer engagement. During the campaign, Reimagining Service has sought to "convert good intentions into greater impact" and has inspired new research and practices as well as several initiatives that have changed the way organizations from all sectors are engaging volunteers, including the Civic 50  and the Nonprofit Service Enterprise Initiative.


In celebration of the closure of our effort, we have assembled a report that details the Reimagining Service principles, our observations regarding emerging volunteer trends, and our thoughts regarding the opportunities that still exist to further deepen volunteer engagement. We hope that you will review and share the report broadly with your peers and networks.


Moving forward, Points of Light will maintain public access to the Reimagining Service resources, including research, case studies, and toolkits, through the Reimagining Service website: www.ReimaginingService.org. We encourage you to continue to access and leverage the materials available on the website.


I want to express my appreciation to all the Reimagining Service Council members and volunteers who contributed their intellectual capital, professional skills and networks, and who applied their passion to the cause of improving volunteer impact.


Reimagining Service thanks Points of Light and the Presidio Institute for hosting our operations during the campaign, as well as the generosity of our funders: Bank of America, Deloitte, and Gap Inc. We also want to thank the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National and Community Service for their steadfast support and encouragement of our efforts. The Reimagining Service Council expresses its gratitude to Executive Director, Kaira Esgate for her outstanding leadership in advancing the work of Reimagining Service during her tenure and to her team of Bank of America Service Leadership Fellows, led by Season Eckardt.


And last but not least, we are thankful to the thousands of organizations and individuals that have embraced the Reimagining Service principles and look forward to continuing to watch and learn from your efforts to change the way organizations embrace volunteering.


In service,


Bobbi Silten

Reimagining Service Council Chair



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