A Billion + Change began in 2008, when more than 150 top corporate government and non-profit leaders met at the White House for The Summit on Corporate Volunteerism to identify the benefits to companies of providing pro bono and skills-based services. The initiative was led by a group of visionary activists like Aaron Hurst, formerly of the Taproot Foundation, and the Chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, Jean Case.

With support from a vibrant Leadership Committee, especially Honorary Chairman Senator Mark Warner, the campaign was re-invigorated in 2011, when it made the bold call for 500 businesses to pledge their time and talent. During this key growth period, Points of Light became A Billion + Change's home, uniting the independent campaign with the resources of the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer services.

For two years, A Billion + Change engaged executives across the country to lead transformational change in corporate community involvement. Companies, large and small, answered the call to serve by lending their best skills and talent to the nonprofit sector. In less than two years, the campaign inspired the largest commitment of pro bono service in history with more than 500 companies delivering over $2 billion worth of skills-based and pro bono volunteer service to help nonprofits address critical community needs.

In 2014, a Billion Plus Change is building on this momentum and is proud to enter its second phase, with renewed focus on expanding the number of companies joining the movement and deepening their commitment to pro bono and skills-based service. 

A Billion + Change: Timeline
In 2008 more than 150 top corporate government and non-profit leaders meet at the White House for The Summit on Corporate Volunteerism to identify the benefits to companies of providing pro bono and skills based services.

February 2008

A Billion + Change, a campaign to leverage $1 billion in skilled volunteering and pro bono services from the corporate community was initiated.

June 2010

A Billion + Change raises more than $500 million in pro bono services from America's businesses.

November 2011

A Billion + Change launches its next phase with more than $1 billion pledged in pro bono service.

June 2013

More than 500 companies pledged over $2 billion in pro bono service - the largest commitment of pro bono service in history.

January 2014

A Billion + Change introduces a new plan to inspire 5,000 businesses to do pro bono, thereby mobilizing $5B worth of pro bono action toward critical needs by June 2015.

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