2017 AARP Purpose Prizeâ„¢ winners announced

AARP recently announced the five winners of the AARP Purpose Prizeâ„¢.  The AARP Purpose Prizeâ„¢ recognizes outstanding work by people age 50 and over that is focused on advancing social good. The winners of the 2017 AARP Purpose Prize Award are: Cynthia Barnett, founder and CEO, Amazing Girls Science, Norwalk, Conn. Retired high school administrator Barnett was disappointed to see girls losing interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), so she created Amazing Girls Science. Through activities like coding …

AARP Purpose Prize Contest to Recognize Exceptional People Over 50

It’s never too late to make an impact on someone’s life, and with the AARP Purpose Prize millions of people over 50 are doing just that. To date, more than 100 Purpose Prize winners have been recognized for their outstanding contributions and the positive, social impact of their work. The Purpose Prize was created by Encore.org in 2005 as a vehicle to celebrate exceptional individuals over 50 who have utilized their wealth of life experience to encourage continued and innovative …

Meet 6 Inspiring Do-Gooders Changing the World

En español | An Episcopal priest and a former judge. A journalist and an artistic director. A doctor and an advocate for impoverished women. They’re the winners of the 2015 Purpose Prize, which recognizes people over age 60 who combine passion and experience to find new ways to solve tough social problems. The prize, announced Nov. 13 by the nonprofit Encore.org, will award a total of $225,000 to the recipients, selected by a jury that included such notables as Michael …

6 Outstanding Social Innovators

By Eunice Lin Nichols, director, The Purpose Prize, Encore.org Six outstanding social innovators will receive a total of $300,000 in cash prizes as winners of The Purpose Prize, an annual contest that recognizes — and rewards — people who are age 60 and over making a positive social impact. You should know about these six people, and when you read their stories, you’ll understand why. They’re powerful examples of using life experience in order to make a difference; they’ve changed thousands …

Encore! The Highest Honor for Veterans

What timing for Veterans Day! Winners of the 2013 Purpose Prize, for people 60+ who are making a difference in others’ lives by combining their personal experience and passion, were announced this week. Two of these annual prizes, awarded by the nonprofit “second act” organization Encore.org, went to people working with vets. This year’s social entrepreneurs could be a resource for readers. If nothing else, their efforts will blow you away. Vicki Thomas: A career public relations and marketing executive in Connecticut, …

A Purpose Prize Winner, Changing the World One Baby at a Time

Sometimes a story comes along that is so powerful and impactful that all we can do is shake our heads in wonder at the feat. Today that story is about Jenny Bowen and her non-profit organization, Half the Sky Foundation. Fifteen years ago Jenny saw a news photo of a starving Chinese girl and decided, with her husband, to adopt a baby from China. The adoption process revealed conditions in Chinese orphanages that appalled her – rampant neglect, and the …