Purpose Prize

Jane Pauley and Marci Alboher in Encore Careers Webcast

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is getting to work occasionally with journalism icon Jane Pauley. She has dedicated her encore years to telling stories of people using their talent and experience to serve the greater good.


White House Honors Purpose Prize Winner as a Champion for Change

Editor’s note: Purpose Prize winner Nancy Sanford Hughes, a longtime member of the volunteer organization Rotary International, was honored last week at the White House alongside 11 fellow Rotarians as a Champion of Change.


Momentum Is Building – and You're Part of it

By Sara Ying Rounsaville

In the past few days, people in encore careers have been making big news. Second acts for the greater good are gaining momentum and continuing to garner serious national media attention. There’s the patient advocate in The New York Times, the children’s chorus founder in a new Wall Street Journal series, the food bank worker in a Reuters column. Coming up are features on the PBS NewsHour and BBC World Service.


Nominate for the $100,000 Purpose Prize Before the April 4 Deadline!

Purpose Prize winners prove that energy and determination have little to do with age. In their encore careers, these individuals make society better – driven by passion, backed by experience.


Encore Careers: A Solution to Hard Times?

As I tour the country, introducing people to The Encore Career Handbook, folks everywhere are telling me they’re worried about the still-sputtering economy. If you’re in the job market, finding work can seem daunting, and a little scary.


Wondering About Your Next Chapter? Check Out Next Avenue From PBS

We at Encore.org often encourage you to ask yourself: What’s next? Many of you have told us you’re looking for ways to apply your years of experience toward helping others – while continuing to earn a living. Our partner Next Avenue, a PBS system website for people 50 and older, is a great resource to help you shape your second act.


The $100,000 Purpose Prize – 2013 Nominations Open Now

The Purpose Prize honors individuals making a monument out of what many consider the leftover years, not only finding personal meaning but doing creative and entrepreneurial work aimed at solving fundamental problems facing the nation and the world today.

All in their 60s and beyond, these pioneers have built upon the experiences that have shaped their lives to improve others’ lives.


What Needs to Happen So More People Can Do Good for Others While Earning a Living?

By Richard Eisenberg

Is it really possible for somebody in their 50s or 60s to embark on an “encore career,” one that lets you earn income and make a social impact? Or do you need to be wealthy to be able to do it, since the new work would typically be at a nonprofit?

Those questions kept bubbling up at Encore 2013, the awe-inspiring conference I just attended in San Francisco, hosted by Encore.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to second acts for the greater good.


In Memoriam: Inez Killingsworth

It was with great sadness that we learned that Purpose Prize winner Inez Killingsworth died January 17 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Killingsworth was an indefatigable advocate for the collective power of people acting together to make change in their communities. As the founder of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP), she led a fight against foreclosures and predatory lending practices that has only become more important with the passing years.


Highlighting Second Acts in the Second Half of Life

Last week was a big one for The Purpose Prize – with coverage of the 2012 winners in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Boston Globe and more. (See here.)


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