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Purpose Prize 2014


The 2014 winners of The Purpose Prize have applied their significant talents to address poverty, community health, disaster relief and disabilities. With decades of energy and passion ahead of them, six people over the age of 60 were awarded for improving their communities and the world (two were awarded $100,000 and four were awarded $25,000). These extraordinary individuals share the belief that the work they are doing now ranks among their most significant accomplishments. We could not agree more.

The Purpose Prize has recognized 465 winners and fellows for making extraordinary contributions in their encore careers.

To learn more visit encore.org

Pamela Cantor, M.D. - Turnaround for Children, Inc.
Child psychiatrist Dr. Pamela Cantor leads an organization that helps schools counter the effects of poverty on student learning, reaching tens of thousands of teachers and children in low-performing public schools. ($25,000 Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact, sponsored by The Eisner Foundation)

Charles Fletcher - SpiritHorse International
Fletcher used his ranch to launch a global network of 91 therapeutic riding centers serving 5,000 children with disabilities – free of charge. ($100,000 Purpose Prize)

Mauricio Lim Miller - Family Independence Initiative
Miller’s unorthodox approach to ending poverty has helped hundreds of families double their savings and increase their income. ($25,000 Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion, sponsored by MetLife Foundation)

Kate Williams - Employment Immersion Program, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Recruiter Williams despaired of losing her career and her independence as her sight faded to near-blindness; she now uses the adaptive technology that kept her in the workforce to help the blind find jobs. ($25,000 Purpose Prize)

Rev. Richard Joyner - Conetoe Family Life Center
Rev. Joyner’s thriving, 25-acre garden and family center is steadily improving the health of his rural congregation, boosting students’ high-school graduation rates and economic potential – and providing a model for more than 20 church communities. ($25,000 Purpose Prize)

David N. Campbell - All Hands Volunteers
Campbell used his management savvy to build a nimble, effective nonprofit that has dispatched 28,000 volunteers to 45 global disaster zones. ($100,000 Purpose Prize for Future Promise, sponsored by Symetra)

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