PURPOSE PRIZE

SPONSORS OF THE PURPOSE PRIZE

The Purpose Prize® was created in 2005 by Encore.org, formerly Civic Ventures, with major investments from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation to showcase the value of experience and disprove notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. Over 465 people have been recognized as Purpose Prize winners or fellows.

Since 2013, Symetra has partnered with Encore.org to sponsor The Purpose Prize® for Future Promise, a $100,000 award recognizing an individual whose approach for helping society has the potential to grow steadily over the next five years.

In 2014, we were pleased to announce two additional prizes: The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact, a $25,000 award sponsored by The Eisner Foundation, and The Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion, a $25,000 award sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

We also have a growing number of individual donors who are helping us create a sustainable future for The Purpose Prize.

To learn more about Purpose Prize sponsorship opportunities, contact Eunice Nichols at enichols@encore.org.

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We would like to extend our deep appreciation to the following sponsors of The Purpose Prize.

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited life foundation that will complete grantmaking in 2016.

The Eisner Foundation

Founded in 1996 by Michael and Jane Eisner and their family, The Eisner Foundation exists to provide access and opportunity for children and the aging in Los Angeles County. By making grants of over $7 million annually, the goal of The Eisner Foundation is simply to help Los Angeles be a place that protects and nurtures the region's most vulnerable citizens.

MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2013, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $600 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world.

Symetra Life Insurance Company

Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE: SYA) is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. As a company that makes and keeps promises to help people secure their financial futures, Symetra is honored to sponsor The Purpose Prize for Future Promise, recognizing individuals who contribute their time and talents for the enrichment of society.

John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

Special thanks to Diane L. Paul and our growing number of individual donors for their generous support of The Purpose Prize.

Legacy Works and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation have also provided supplemental support for The Purpose Prize®, the only large-scale initiative shining a national spotlight on people in the second half of life who are making extraordinary contributions in their encore careers.

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?

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