Deadline: February 1, 2007
A program of Civic Ventures ( http://www.civicventures.org), the Purpose Prize is a three-year initiative to invest in older social innovators by recognizing outstanding achievements, creating a network of people wanting to use their retirement years for the greater good, and channeling funds and assistance to these new pioneers.
In its second year, the program will make five $100,000 investments and ten $10,000 investments in entrepreneurs in the second half of life who are combining their passion, creativity, and experience to address issues of social significance.
The winners will be effective and action-oriented innovators who have launched this work after their 50th birthday.
They may be working in nonprofits, government, or for-profit organizations devoted to tackling the hardest challenges of our time: homelessness, social justice and human rights, violence, poverty and hunger, health, education, the environment, and more.
The winners may be social entrepreneurs who have started new organizations; change-makers whose innovative approaches to leadership have transformed existing organizations; or grassroots activists playing a leadership role in improving communities or advancing a cause.
To be eligible, nominees must be at least 60 years old, a U.S. resident, and currently active in a leadership capacity in an organization or institution (public, private, nonprofit, or for- profit) that is working to address a major social problem.
Self-nominations are welcome.
Visit the prize program's Web site for complete program information, eligibility restrictions, and nomination materials.