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The Soldiers Project
Purpose Prize Winner 2009
As Judith Broder watched a play documenting the mental anguish some veterans experience after coming come from war, something clicked. As a psychiatrist, she knew that without help some soldiers would never get past what they had seen and done. She also understood that a veteran's distress can painfully affect loved ones. Taking action, Broder created an organization that supports free, confidential, unlimited therapy to service members and their families.
Meet Judith Broder
In a dark theater, Judith Broder experienced the darkest of emotions.
Agrawal brings safe drinking
water – rain from rooftops – to
thousands of villagers in his native
India, using his engineering
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As executive director of Detroit business incubator TechTown, Randal Charlton saw that a third of TechTown startups were created by seasoned professionals, many over 50. That observation gave the 71-year old entrepreneur and Purpose Prize winner an idea. In November, Charlton left TechTown to create Boom! The New Economy to promote entrepreneurial development among the 50-plus segment.
Randal Charlton has had a long, colorful career with plenty of ups and downs. In his 71 years, he’s done everything from tending dairy cows for a Saudi sheik to starting a jazz club in Florida. Charlton, who for years has worked to help budding entrepreneurs in Detroit, has just been recognized with a 2011 Purpose Prize.
Architect Edward Mazria and his crusade to make the building sector more friendly to the environment has gotten a major boost: The 70-year-old architect was named one of five winners of The Purpose Prize. The $100,000 award is given by Civic Ventures to promote innovative, socially responsible work among people of traditional retirement age.
Also published in Green Source Magazine.
Randal Charlton, the former head of a Detroit business incubator, is figuring out how to best put his $100,000 Purpose Prize to use to further local baby boomer entrepreneurial ventures. The options include a microenterprise loan fund or a local jobs center website.
Nancy Sanford Hughes, founder of StoveTeam International, is one of five social entrepreneurs this year to win a $100,000 grant from Civic Ventures' annual Purpose Prize. The award is for “making an extraordinary impact in an encore career.” She says: “I feel humbled. I did not choose to do this work – it chose me."
A recent study shows that approximately one in four Americans between ages 44 to 70 are interested in starting their own small businesses or social ventures. The research, conducted by Civic Ventures, goes on to state that of this 25 percent of the age range, or 25 million people, more than one third have already begun their ventures, while more than half are planning to start within the next 5 to 10 years.
Many boomers are looking to start second careers as entrepreneurs, new research from Civic Ventures finds. The research suggests that more than 25 million Americans ages 44 to 70 want to start small businesses or nonprofit ventures in upcoming years, despite tough economic times. Nearly half of these aspiring entrepreneurs, 48 percent, hope to make a positive social impact in their entrepreneurial efforts.
Each year, Civic Ventures awards The Purpose Prize to individuals over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The only grant of its kind in the nation, the prize awards $100,000 each to five people who advocate for new ways to tackle tough social problems.