PURPOSE PRIZE

ABOUT THE PURPOSE PRIZE®

The Purpose Prize, now in its ninth year, is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards $100,000 to at least one individual in his or her encore career creating new ways to solve tough social problems.

The Prize was created in 2005 by Encore.org, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies to showcase the value of experience and disprove notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. It’s for those with the passion to make change and the experience to know how to do it.

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Purpose Prize is all about,
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HOW IT WORKS

Nominate: Find out who is eligible and who can nominate someone for The Purpose Prize®.

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MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

The Wall Street Journal writes, “These people are changing the world.” An NPR blogger calls The Prize “a kind of MacArthur ‘genius
award’ for retirees.”

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MEET THE WINNERS

Meet the 2013 Purpose Prize winners. Since The Prize's inception, more than 430 people, each with
a big idea to improve
the lives of others,
have been honored
as Purpose Prize
winners or fellows.

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about them.

SPREAD THE WORD

Is your organization, website or blog focused on social change or
people in the second half of life?

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one-of-a-kind award

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GET INSPIRED

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