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2012 Purpose Prize Nominations Open for Career-Changers

Service awards recognize individuals over age 60

Do you know someone to nominate for a 2012 Purpose Prize? The Purpose Prize recognizes outstanding individuals over the age of 60 who combine their passion and experience for the betterment of all. Each year, awards of up to $100,000 each go to five people in encore careers who have created new ways to tackle tough social problems.

Whether you are applying for the Purpose Prize yourself or nominating someone, you will need to know the following:

  • The candidate's birth date
  • The candidate's area of interest
  • The candidate's complete email, phone and contact information

Complete a nomination form. >>

As part of the nomination process you’ll be asked to describe, in 250-500 words, the nominee's inspiring work. You’ll also be asked to briefly describe:

  • How and when the candidate's important work began
  • The impact the candidate's work is having
  • The candidate's plans for the future

You may complete and submit nominations online. The deadline is March 22, 2012. You may wish to refer to the eligibility and selection criteria as well as frequently asked questions about the Purpose Prize.

Nominees will be informed in May 2012 if they have been selected as semifinalists for the Purpose Prize. The semifinalists will then have the opportunity to provide longer responses, additional information, and references.

Civic Ventures — a nonprofit think tank focused on older people, work and social purpose — created the Purpose Prize in 2005 with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies to showcase the value of experience and disprove notions that innovation is the sole province of the young.

Also of interest: Purpose Prize main page. >>

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