Meet the 2013 Purpose Prize Winners

It's a great honor to unveil the stories of our seven inspirational Purpose Prize winners for 2013. These individuals come from all walks of life, but hold one thing in common: each is changing the world in what was once seen as the 'leftover' years. Through this important work they are simultaneously transforming perceptions about what is possible when the power of social innovation is joined with the unique value of experience. These winners are at the vanguard of a large and growing movement of individuals in their encore years helping to solve many of the toughest problems facing our nation and the world today.

This year’s winners:

- Ysabel Duron, 66, taps into her own experience as a cancer survivor to shine a spotlight on cancer for Latino communities across the United States. ($100,000)

- Vicki Thomas, 67, rallies communities around wounded soldiers, providing them with adapted foreclosed homes that improve quality of life for veterans and whole communities alike. ($100,000 winner of The Purpose Prize for Future Promise, sponsored by Symetra)

- Carol Fennelly, 64, runs a unique summer camp behind bars that is transforming federal prisoners into involved parents. ($25,000)

- Elizabeth Huttinger, 63, is on a path to eradicate human schistosomiasis, a disease infecting millions of the world’s poorest. ($25,000)

- Reverend Violet Little, 61, is redefining the concept of “church” as she pastors Philadelphia’s homeless in a church without walls. ($25,000)

- Edwin P. Nicholson, 71, mentors disabled veterans, healing emotional wounds through the power of relationships and the great outdoors. ($25,000)

- Barbara Young, 66, went from immigrant nanny to passionate advocate, giving her a powerful voice in the fight for domestic workers’ rights across the United States. ($25,000)

Read the stories of our 2013 Purpose Prize winners, and also check out the 43 new Purpose Prize fellows – finalists for The Prize – at www.encore.org/prize.
 
Get ready to be inspired!