Points of Light
Alison Doerfler serves as Senior Vice President of Capacity Building, providing leadership and oversight of Points of Light’s sector-wide engagement and support of organizations that leverage human capital (volunteers) to meet their mission. In this role, Ms. Doerfler leads the team that executes the strategies that:
1.Strengthen the capacity of nonprofits
2.Expand knowledge and practices that will advance a new paradigm of civic engagement and volunteer engagement
3.Advance the reach and impact of nonprofits that leverage human capital to meet their mission
Ms. Doerfler has a long history with the organization that started with her work at Points of Light’s affiliate Chicago Cares. Ms. Doerfler joined HandsOn Network in 2005 immediately following Hurricane Katrina to help launch an initiative that galvanized and challenged corporations to promote employee engagement in the community as a key elements of traditional CSR programs. After the merger with the Points of Light Foundation in 2007, Ms. Doerfler served as VP of Strategic Initiatives, focusing on a wide spectrum of partnerships and collaborations.
From 2012 until 2015, Ms. Doerfler stepped away from Points of Light to help start and manage the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. As the Executive Director of the world’s first world’s first foundation dedicated to raising
awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, Alison built a collaborative organization funded by a social business model to raise funds and awareness for the mission and vision of this grant-making foundation. In
her complementary role of Executive Vice President of Ben Cohen Worldwide, managed merchandise and media partnerships with Nike, Microsoft, Kiehl’s Since 1851 and others.
In 2015, Ms. Doerfler returned to Points of Light in the role of Executive Director of HandsOn Network, overseeing the relationships with the 200 Affiliates in the United States that inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. The newly created role she is now as SVP of Capacity Building reflects Points of Light’s newly approved go-forward strategy, focusing on strengthening and building the capacity of the global social sector by equipping organizations to leverage skilled and unskilled volunteers as a part of their strategy.
Alison grew up in New York City and Atlanta before moving to Chicago for college. Alison earned a B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Chicago. Alison serves on the board of the Atlanta Children’s Museum and as a member of the interim leadership committee of the National Alliance for Nonprofit Engagement.