February 19, 2008
Written by C.N.
I received the following email enlisting my help to publicize a grant competition for older Americans engaging in “social entrepreneurship”:
Hi, my name is Emily (half-Filipina!) and I work for an organization called Civic Ventures. We run a “Purpose Prize” program for social innovators over age 60. Winners receive $100,000; this is our third year.
Would love to see more Asian American nominees. FYI – my boss was profiled in the NY Times on Monday, in case you want to learn more about our organization, Civic Ventures.
As stated on their website:
Each year, since 2006, Civic Ventures has awarded The Purpose Prize: five $100,000 investments and ten $10,000 investments in exceptional individuals who are defying expectations by channeling their creativity and talent to address critical social problems at the local, regional, or national level.
The winners are effective and action-oriented innovators who have launched this work after their 50th birthday. They work in nonprofits, government, or for-profit organizations devoted to tackling the hardest challenges of our time: homelessness, social justice and human rights, violence, poverty and hunger, health, education, and the environment, to name a few.
They make their impact in many different ways. The winners include: social entrepreneurs who have started new organizations; change-makers whose innovative approaches to leadership have transformed existing organizations; or grassroots activists playing a leadership role in improving communities or advancing a cause. And they hold the promise of even greater accomplishments in the future.
We already know that Asian Americans are very adept at being capitalist innovators and entrepreneurs, so let’s get out there and put our social innovation and entrepreneurship skills to work as well!
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