Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.

Encore.org Purpose Prize Director Eunice Lin Nichols would like to introduce you to our six 2014 Purpose Prize Winners. As Eunice writes: "You should know about these six people, and when you read their stories, you’ll understand why."

For coverage of the Purpose Prize winners and fellows, along with news from the Encore 2014 conference, read Aanchal Dhar's update. Read more....


It is with great pleasure that I announce this year’s winners of The Purpose Prize. Out of a pool of 800 nominees, these six individuals distinguished themselves through their passion, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and impact. They are powerful examples for the millions of older Americans who believe that using their life experience in order to make a difference – big or small, across communities, continents and generations – is a vital responsibility.
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2015 nominations are now open. Nominate yourself or someone you know for the $100,000 Purpose Prize!

-- Eunice Lin Nichols, Director, The Purpose Prize

Nine million people have embarked on encore careers that are personally meaningful and benefit society. Are you interested in joining them?

Here’s a place to start: The Encore Career Handbook is a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to finding passion, purpose and a paycheck in the second half of life. More >