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Purpose Prize

How One Boomer Transitioned From Prison To Philanthropy

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Personal reinvention can be achieved through service to others. This is Susan Burton's experience, and hers is an inspiring story of determination and dedication. As an African-American woman from South Central Los Angeles, Burton was incarcerated six times over 20 years for drug-related offenses. Her young son had died accidentally, and the system seemed to be working against her at every turn.

How This Man Journeyed 7,000 Miles To Serve His Community

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

The adage that 'all politics is local' might also apply to social entrepreneurship. Bhagwati (B.P.) Agrawal is a social entrepreneur with a stellar corporate track record who decided to pivot into the non-profit world to address dire circumstances 7,000 miles away in his home state of Rajasthan in India.

Reinvention For Boomers Is Not a Myth

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Where is the myth in building greater awareness and greater confidence? What's wrong with dreaming big? There are solutions out there for us, but they do not lie in retreating to timidity, or, worse, intimidation, in the face of change and uncertainty.

Meet 7 People Over 60 Who Are Changing The World

Next Avenue | Richard Eisenberg | Posted 11.15.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Richard Eisenberg Maybe you recall these Crosby Stills and Nash lyrics, as I do: We can change the world Rearrang...

Why This Former Ice Capades Owner Now Wants To Only Spread Peace

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty

As CEO of Recreation World, Carole Sumner Krechman and her husband Sheldon owned and operated the Ice Capades as well as 22 ice-skating and roller-ska...

Why This Former Toy Store Owner Is Now Reinventing Foster Care

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 03.08.2013 | Fifty

In the fall of 1998, Judy Cockerton's husband handed her a newspaper article about a 5-month-old boy in foster care who had been kidnapped right from ...

Post50s Embrace 'Encore' Careers

USA Today | Sandra Block | Posted 11.23.2011 | Fifty

Lara Hara, 56, an engineer at Intel in Cupertino, Calif., isn't ready to retire, but he wants a break from his high-pressure job. Like many Boomers, h...

Innovators Over 60 Win $100,000 For Contributions To Communities

Evan Allis | Posted 01.07.2012 | Fifty

Each year, social think tank Civic Ventures awards the Purpose Prize to individuals over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social ...

How to Thrive Over 50 By Focusing on the "Bright Spots"

Karma Kitaj | Posted 12.27.2011 | Fifty
Karma Kitaj

How often do we encounter people who seem to notice nothing but trouble? They focus on the negative, on criticizing, intimidating, fear-mongering.

Doing Good Through Social Media

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

Debbie Dimoff is what Malcolm Gladwell calls a connector -- she knows absolutely everyone, and is a genius at bringing people together.

Nonprofit Leaders Over 60 Win 2010 Purpose Prizes (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Each year, the Purpose Prize is awarded to a group of professionals over 60 who have found second careers heading up nonprofits to make a difference i...

Think It's Over Once You're 60? Check Out The Purpose Prize

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

This is the true story of a couple of ordinary Americans who thought, once they turned 60, that life would be uneventful. Instead, they've just won a prestigious award that honours their world-changing work.

Innovators Over 60 Tackle World's Problems [VIDEO]

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

With millions of baby boomers reaching retirement and the end of their professional careers, many are looking for a way to continue to contribute mean...

New Year, New Job, New Radical

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

What's a New Radical? Someone who's found a way to put the skills acquired in her career to work on the world's greatest challenges. Here are five organizations that can help you become a New Radical in 2010.

Blending Agriculture and Technology to Create New Jobs

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

Tim Will's work in organic farming has just been recognized with a 2009 Purpose Prize. He's been recognized for demonstrating creative and effective work to tackle social problems.