At Points of Light, we believe every action matters. And people want to live a fully engaged civic life that reflects their values and passions.
In the Spring of 2020, we conducted research on civic engagement in America. The report found that 82 percent of those surveyed felt post-COVID-19, we all must get involved to rebuild our communities and country, and 95 percent said they would continue their level of civic engagement or do more to get involved.
But what does that civic engagement look like?
In 2019, at the Points of Light Conference in St. Paul, our President & CEO, Natalye Paquin, unveiled our concept of the Civic Circle. The Civic Circle reflects civic life today – all the ways in which people are engaging to do good, to support causes they care about.
From utilizing your purchase power to raising your voice; from choosing where you work based on company values to committing to a term of service with AmeriCorps; from raising your voice to opening your wallet to donate, there are so many ways to engage.
Over the past two years, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of the Civic Circle. But beginning today, we’re going to dive deeper.
Today we’re launching the first of nine editions of Civic Life Today, a digital magazine with nine issues, each taking a in depth look at an element on the Civic Circle, thanks to the generous support of The Starbucks Foundation. These will help you understand what each element entails, shares examples of it in action, provides resources and materials for you to learn more, gives ideas for you to take action and provides in depth stories from those doing the work.
Our first issue explores purchase power, or using your expendable income to choose to support companies with similar values to you. Where you spend your money showcases what you value, and can double your impact. We’re excited to explore with you the importance of purchase power.