Second acts for the greater good
Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. It's spearheading efforts to engage millions of people in later life as a vital source of talent to benefit society. Their ultimate goal is to create a better future for young people and future generations.
Encore.org (originally called Civic Ventures) was founded in 1997 by social entrepreneur Marc Freedman and grew out of a desire to transform the aging of America – one of the most significant demographic shifts of the 21st century – into a powerful, positive source of individual and social renewal. Largely through foundation support, Encore.org has worked to redefine later life, shifting from the 20th-century idea of retirement as the freedom from work to a new life stage that offers the freedom to work and to contribute in new ways – and to new ends. The Purpose Prize from Encore.org, now in its ninth year, is the nation’s pre-eminent large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards at least $100,000 annually to individuals creating new ways to solve tough social problems. The 2014 Purpose Prize awarded $300,000 to six individuals.