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Putting Passion to Work: The Purpose Prize for Social Innovators

Submitted by Alexandra Kent on Monday, 1/26/2009, at 7:51 PM

Know someone over 60 who is putting passion to work?

The Purpose Prize® is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, at www.purposeprize.org until March 5th.

The Purpose Prize® provides ten awards of up to $100, 000 to social entrepreneurs, 60 years and older, who are solving some of our most pressing social issues – from health care to the environment, poverty to education.  

Winners are leading a national movement of people in encore careers utilizing their skill and experience for the greater good.  See who's won the prize:  

·          Catalino Tapia, an immigrant who built a gardening business and decided to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to seed the American dream for Latino youth. 

·          Joe James left his career in government to create the Greening of Black America Intitiative, linking African American farmers in the rural south with new "green" technologies.

·          Michele McRae, a former teacher, is engaging hundreds of older adults in the plains of North Dakota and Minnesota to serve as mentors for resettled refugees trying to assimilate.

Nominate today:  www.purposeprize.org.

Please help us spread the word by posting information about the prize in newsletters, list serves, blogs, or by emailing your friends and colleagues.

Thanks,

Alexandra Kent '01
Director, The Purpose Prize
www.purposeprize.org