Gulfport – Encore.org today announced that Rev. Alice M. Graham, PhD from Gulfport, is a 2013 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life.
Graham was named a fellow because of work with Interfaith Partnerships (formerly Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force) in building community resiliency through providing information, education and training for underserved community residents.
“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”
The Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies. and Symetra. The Prize is awarded by Encore.org, a nonprofit that promotes encore careers – work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good.
A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – chose the seven winners from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees. This year’s 43 fellows are finalists for The Prize. An awards ceremony will be held in December in San Francisco.
For more information about The Purpose Prize, visit: www.encore.org/prize.
About Encore.org (www.encore.org)
Encore.org is a nonprofit organization building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue “encore careers” – second acts for the greater good. The Purpose Prize, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies and Symetra, is a program of Encore.org.
The mission of Interfaith Partnerships is to build community resiliency through information, education and training. Over the last three years we have developed robust partnerships with faith based and community organizations and provider organizations to address emotional and physical wellness needs of underserved populations.