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2009 Purpose Prize Winners



Meet the grantees:

Judith Broder 

The Soldiers Project

Broder, a psychiatrist, created The Soldiers Project to support free, confidential, unlimited therapy to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan – and their families.

Don Coyhis

White Bison

Coyhis developed Wellbriety, a substance abuse recovery program that taps the power of Native American culture, tradition, and community to help heal his people. 

Henry Liu

Freight Pipeline Company

Liu found a way to transform fly ash – a toxic byproduct of burning coal – into bricks that look and function like the ones made of clay. “Green” bricks are now in production in 11 countries.

Elizabeth & Stephen Alderman

Peter C. Alderman Foundation

The Aldermans honor their son, killed on 9/11, by bringing mental health treatment to more than 100,000 trauma victims in nine countries around the world.

Timothy Will

Foothills Connect

Will brought broadband to his Appalachian community, then linked local farmers and chefs through an online ordering system, lifting the area’s economy.

Marcy AdeLman


Adelman advocates for affordable, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-friendly senior housing and trains service providers to better support LGBT elderly.

Connie Siskowski

American Association of Caregiving Youth

Memories of caring for her ill grandfather as a child drove Connie to support other youth caregivers taking on adult responsibilities. 

James SmaLLwood

The Choice Is Yours

Formerly homeless and addicted to drugs, James is now fulfilling a promise to help others stay off the streets. 

Ann Higdon

Improved Solutions for Urban Systems (ISUS)

Inspired by her own tough childhood and one teacher’s kind words, Ann helps high school dropouts get diplomas – and marketable jobs skills to turn their lives around.

Duncan CampbeLL

Friends of the Children

Campbell created and runs Friends of the Children to provide at-risk kids a caring adult in their lives from age 5 or 6 until they approach adulthood themselves.