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San Francisco, CA. On November 13, Encore.org will honor the achievements of more than 50 outstanding individuals working to improve local communities and the world, via The Purpose Prize®, a program of Encore.org, a national nonprofit that is building a movement to tap the experience of people in midlife and beyond who are using their encore years – the time of traditional retirement – to undertake powerful social-‐impact projects.
Six winners of the Purpose Prize will be joined by a cohort of 41 Purpose Prize fellows who were selected from a pool of more than 600 nominees in recognition of their innovative social-‐impact contributions. Their examples shine as models for millions of Americans who believe they can use their life experience to make a difference. The 2015 Purpose Prize marks a decade of ground-‐breaking innovation that challenges outdated thinking about the contributions of experienced adults.
I live by my core-‐value that I define as “One’s personal philosophy that serves as the infrastructure for building actionable behavior for developing measurable objectives, decision-‐making, over-‐coming adversities, and in a broader sense determining how one functions as a citizen of humanity.” – Kimo Williams
Now in its 10th year, The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-‐scale investment in people over the age of 60 who combine their life skills and talents for the social good. First awarded in 2006 by Encore.org (then called Civic Ventures), the Prize aims to recognize social innovators with the drive to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges – and the wisdom to know how to do it. Their work showcases the enormous, and too-‐often overlooked, value of experience.
“When we launched The Purpose Prize in 2006, the idea that people in their 60s and 70s (and beyond) were every bit as innovative as those in their 20s and 30s was blasphemy. And the notion that they were every bit as committed to solving society’s biggest challenges was not even considered seriously. Ten years – and more than 500 Purpose Prize winners and fellows later – it’s an indisputable truth,” said Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman. “We can't wait to see what these creative, passionate innovators will do next.”
“The 2015 Purpose Prize honorees have applied their significant talents to address social injustice, human rights, health, education and economic empowerment, at home and abroad,” said Purpose Prize director Eunice Nichols. “Each person we honor today is doing the most important work of their lives, achieving substantial social impact while finding personal fulfillment in the process.”
Twenty-‐six jurors – leaders in business, politics, media and the nonprofit sector – chose the Purpose Prize honorees from a pool more than 600 nominees. Jurors include Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount; Michael D. Eisner, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company and co-‐founder of The Eisner Foundation; Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post; Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP; Eric Liu, author and founder of Citizen University; and Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The 2015 Purpose Prize winners and fellows will be joined by dozens of previous Purpose Prize honorees at a celebration on February 10, 2016, at the SF Jazz Center in San Francisco. The evening will mark a decade of Purpose Prize achievements and include a multimedia tribute to the honorees and their work.
Emmy-‐award-‐winning journalist Jane Pauley and 2013 Purpose Prize winner and anchorwoman Ysabel Duron will host the evening’s festivities, which will include hundreds of encore movement leaders and Purpose Prize honorees, as well as a piano performance by Justin Kauflin, whose remarkable relationship with jazz legend Clark Terry is featured in the documentary Keep on Keepin’ On.
The Purpose Prize was created by Encore.org with major investments from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation.
See more at: http://www.encore.org/prize
About The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Atlantic Philanthropies (www.atlanticphilanthropies.org) is dedicated to advancing opportunity, equity and human dignity. Established in 1982, when Chuck Feeney quietly committed virtually all of his assets to the foundation, Atlantic has since made grants approaching $8 billion. In keeping with Mr. Feeney’s “Giving While Living,” big-‐bet philosophy, Atlantic invests in systemic change to accelerate improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The foundation, which has operated in Australia, Bermuda, Cuba, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam, will complete all grant making in 2016 and conclude operations shortly afterward.
About the John Templeton Foundation. The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Question 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 purpose of definitional clarity and new insights.
About Encore.org. Encore.org is a national nonprofit that is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. The Purpose Prize is a program of Encore.org.
Click here http://encore.org/purpose-‐prize/james-‐kimo-‐williams/ for a profile of Kimo Williams. To learn more about The Purpose Prize, visit www.encore.org/prize.