PURPOSE PRIZE

ABOUT THE PURPOSE PRIZE®

The Purpose Prize, now in its ninth year, is the nation's pre-eminent large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards at least $100,000 annually to individuals creating new ways to solve tough social problems. The 2014 Purpose Prize awarded $300,000 to six individuals.

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from the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, to showcase the value of experience and disprove outdated notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. It’s for those with the drive to make change and the experience to know how to do it.

Since its inception The Purpose Prize has garnered nearly 8,500 nominations, honored more than 430 winners and fellows, attracted millions of dollars in new resources for winners to expand their projects and merited hundreds of news stories in The Wall Street Journal, Time, NPR and other outlets.

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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

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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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