PURPOSE PRIZE

BIG IDEAS, BIG RESULTS

Purpose Prize winners and fellows are accomplishing extraordinary things in their encore careers. Here are a few numbers that tell the story.

35,000 kids get help. Frank Brady’s organization, Medical Missions for Children, has helped more than 35,000 seriously ill children lacking access to quality medical care. Watch

88 million pounds of food delivered. Gary Maxworthy’s Farm to Family program
distributed 88 million pounds of fresh produce to California food banks in 2009.
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$1.5 million saved. Sharon Rohrbach’s Nurses for Newborns cut
Medicaid costs for Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Tennessee by $1.5 million.
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97 percent recover. A recent study shows that Don Coyhis’ Native
American substance abuse recovery program is
97 percent effective in helping people beat alcoholism.
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and fellows are having worldwide.
 
 

BY THE NUMBERS

Since its inception nine years ago, The Purpose Prize® has garnered:

Over 10,000 nominations

465 winners and fellows

Hundreds of news stories in The Wall Street Journal, Time, NPR and many other outlets

Millions of dollars in new resources for winners to expand their innovative projects. Purpose Prize winners have leveraged every dollar they’ve been awarded by a factor of eight


AREAS OF IMPACT

Prize winners follow their passions, working on a wide variety of social issues facing our communities and the world. In some of the biggest need areas, Purpose Prize winners are on the front lines, using their experience to bring about real change.

Here are the top four issue areas Prize winners and fellows work in:

22 % Children and Youth
19 % Health and Medicine
12 % Environment and Energy Conservation
11 % Poverty Alleviation
36 % Other social issues

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WHITE HOUSE SPOTLIGHT

In 2009 President Obama launched the White House Office of Social Innovation and brought a half-dozen Prize winners to the White House, lauding them for “succeeding where others have failed; getting real, measurable results; changing the way we think about some of our toughest problems.”

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THESE PEOPLE ARE CHANGING THE WORLD

In some ways, five years doesn’t seem like such a long time. And yet, in the past five years, so much has changed, economically, politically, even demographically, as the first wave of baby boomers moved into their 60s.