The Bank of America Program on Volunteerism was founded and launched in the year 2000 when an endowment to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation established the program series.
Bank of America, in conjunction with the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, created its Program on Volunteerism in an effort to educate individuals and corporations on the importance of volunteer activities in today's modern society. Through civic responsibility and community service Americans strengthen our social fabric, our participatory form of government, and our free market economy. Bank of America believes that it is vital for corporate America to be at the forefront of this effort through what it calls "corporate citizenship." By sharing their human and material resources, major corporations and small businesses alike are able to champion innumerable volunteer efforts. It is important for American volunteerism to remain a beacon for the world for it epitomizes our strong social and economic bonds, the humanitarianism of our democratic lifestyle, and our commitment to giving so that others may succeed.
Today, the Bank of America Program on Volunteerism is produced by the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The Center’s mission is to support a vibrant nonprofit and philanthropic sector in Texas and beyond, through high quality research, professional outreach, and engaged learning.