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Apply for the AARP Purpose Prize Award

AARP Purpose Prize honorees tell a new story of aging—one full of meaningful impact and limitless possibilities

AARP Purpose Prize winner Wintley Augustus Phipps speaking to a classroom of kids

AARP Purpose Prize winner Wintley Augustus Phipps is the founder and CEO of U.S. Dream Academy, which empowers children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and succeed.

Applications for the 2022 Purpose Prize awards will open soon. If you’d like us to contact you when the application site goes live, please fill out this online form.

Award Benefits

  • Each AARP Purpose Prize Winner’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations will receive $50,000. Each AARP Purpose Prize Fellow’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization will receive $5,000. Our hope is that the funds will be used for future work towards the greater social good.
  • The opportunity for their stories and work to be promoted across a variety of media channels
  • Membership in the AARP Purpose Prize “class” of honorees -- a peer community of learning
  • Yearlong individualized support to help further organizational goals
  • Inclusion in the full AARP Purpose Prize alumni network

Application cycle dates

The 2019/2020 deadline has passed. Check back soon for details on the next call for applications.


  • You are 50 or older
  • You are the founder or co-founder of your organization
  • Your organization is a registered non-profit  (501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4))
  • You began the work you do after the age of 40
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident
  • You can clearly document the impact of your organization’s work
  • There is a connection in your own life that drew you to the work you do
  • Your organization uses innovative approaches to an existing or emerging problem
  • While your work can be international in scope, it is based in the US.

Have additional questions? Read our FAQs or see the Purpose Prize official rules, eligibility, odds, and prize disclosures.

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