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. The Prize is for those with the passion to make change and the experience to know how to do it. More than 430 people have been recognized as Purpose Prize winners or fellows.

For 2013 and 2014, Symetra is sponsoring The Purpose Prize® for Future Promise. This prize recognizes an individual whose approach for helping society has the potential to grow steadily over the next five years.

We are also pleased to announce two new sponsorships in 2014: The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact, sponsored by The Eisner Foundation, and The Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.

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.


Watch a short animated video about social innovation in the second half of life.


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