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Civic Ventures Launches Purpose Prize in Support of Older Social Innovators

Civic Ventures (www.civicventures.org), a nonprofit think tank, has announced that nominations are open for the Purpose Prize, five $100,000 investments in Americans over the age of sixty who are combining their passion, creativity, experience, and entrepreneurial skills to tackle issues of social significance. The program will also honor sixty semi-finalists (“60 at 60+”) for their social innovations. The winners will be effective and action-oriented innovators who have launched this work after their 50th birthday. They may be working in nonprofits, government, or for-profit organizations devoted to tackling difficult social challenges, including homelessness, social justice and human rights, violence, poverty and hunger, health, education, and the environment. To be eligible for the prize, the nominee must be at least 60 years old, a U.S. resident, and currently working in a leadership capacity in an organization or institution (public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit) to address a major social problem. Due to resource limitations, the prize program staff cannot consider applications from individuals whose work primarily takes place outside the United States. Nominees will be informed in March 2006 if they have been selected as semi-finalists for the prize. The five winners will be announced in June at the national Experience Leadership Summit. In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, winners will receive substantive assistance in developing their personal and organizational capacity to move their work to the next level. They will also be eligible to apply for additional financial support from the program’s new Fund for Innovation. Self-nominations are accepted. Visit the Purpose Prize Web site (www.leadwithexperience.org/prize/nominate/index.cfm) for complete program information and nomination procedures. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2006.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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