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Apply Now for the AARP Purpose Prize Award

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En español | Know a nonprofit founder who’s tapped into their own life experience to make a difference in their community or the world?

Applications are open through February 29 at 5 p.m. for the annual AARP Purpose Prize award. Up to seven winners will receive $50,000 each for their organizations, along with support and resources to broaden the impact of their work.

What are we looking for? Founders 50 or older who saw a problem and created an impactful solution — and have a personal story that’s driving their mission. Applicants must have started their organization at age 40 or older and be a U.S. resident. AARP membership is not required.

Last year we awarded a combined $250,000 to five organizations that are delivering free wheelchairs to developing countries, helping veterans with mental health issues, supporting minority-owned businesses and more.

“Our Purpose Prize winners are shining examples of a simple, yet profound truth: When we find our sense of purpose — that certain something that gives us a reason to get up and get going every day — we not only give meaning to our own lives; we make the world a better place for everyone,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

Honorees will be announced in the fall.

Meet the current Purpose Prize winners, and learn more about contest rules and how to apply.

Natalie Missakian covers federal and state policy and writes AARP’s Fighting for You Every Day blog. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Haven Register and daily newspapers in Ohio. Her work has also appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Hartford Business Journal and other publications.

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