Five individuals age 50 and older who are using their knowledge and life experience to solve challenging social problems have been named the winners of the 2023 AARP Purpose Prize, with 10 Purpose Prize fellows also selected. The winners and fellows will be honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C.
“We celebrate these inspiring individuals who have used their decades of life experience to give back in a meaningful way, to be leaders in their communities and to create a better future for us all,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.
The five winners will each receive $50,000 for their nonprofit organizations, and the 10 fellows will each get $10,000 for their nonprofits. All 15 will also receive a year of support from AARP to help broaden the scope of their organizations’ work.
AARP also will recognize filmmaker, screenwriter, actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry with an honorary Purpose Prize award. In 2006, he founded The Perry Foundation, which is committed to transforming tragedy into triumph by cultivating individual potential, supporting communities and harvesting sustainable change. The foundation has partnered with numerous organizations, focusing on education, health, agriculture, human rights, technology, arts, culture, global sustainability and economic development. Through the foundation, Perry has helped people and charities that assist others in overcoming the type of obstacles that he once faced.
Returning for its second year is the AARP Inspire Award, which provides an additional $10,000 to the organization of a Purpose Prize winner based on a vote by the public. Votes can be cast at https://aarp.org/inspireaward22/, and the winner will be announced at the Purpose Prize awards ceremony.