Ten individuals have been awarded up to $100,000 for their work to improve their communities and the world. From fighting U.S. foreclosures to taking on powerful polluters to rebuilding Afghanistan, this year’s Purpose Prize winners are working on community-based issues from the ground up—and getting results.
Now in its fifth year, The Purpose Prize has recognized more than 300 winners and fellows for making extraordinary contributions in their encore careers. Learn more about The Prize.
Five adults over 60 have been awarded the $100,000 Purpose Prize for their work and five have been awarded the $50,000 Purpose Prize.
To learn more visit www.encore.org
Allan Barsema - Community Collaboration, Inc.
Once homeless, Barsema creates innovative online networks of social service agencies to ensure that people in need get the help they require quickly, efficiently and effectively. Watch Allan’s video.
Barry Childs - Africa Bridge
Childs improves the lives of vulnerable children and their families in Tanzania by creating farming cooperatives, building classrooms and opening clinics. Watch Barry’s video.
Margaret Gordon - West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
Since Gordon connected the asthma that plagued her low-income community to the pollution of the nearby port, she has fought to improve the area’s environmental health. Watch Margaret’s video.
Inez Killingsworth - Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP)
In the midst of a housing crisis, Killingsworth helps homeowners avoid foreclosure by negotiating with banks for more favorable terms on mortgages. Watch Inez’s video.
Judith B. Van Ginkel - Every Child Succeeds
Van Ginkel leads a program that provides in-home services for first-time, at-risk mothers – including parenting support – to improve the lives of young families. Watch Judith’s video.