Prize Honors 60-Plus Social Entrepreneurs
Retired business leader Mark Goldsmith's Getting Out and Staying Out program helps incarcerated young men in New York City find a new life-and a job-after their release from prison.
Michele McRae 's Giving-Plus-Learning helps immigrants from Iraq and Somalia settle in, of all places, the snowy Scandinavian bastion of Fargo, N.D. There, the U.S. government has resettled thousands of refugees from more than 40 war-torn countries. Giving-Plus-Learning has organized more than 500 volunteer elders to teach newcomers basic English and help them obtain GEDs, pass driver's license exams, find jobs and more.
These and a dozen other social entrepreneurs age 60 or older were honored December as winners of the 2008 Purpose Prize, a $17 million program created by Civic Ventures, based in San Francisco. Some of the Purpose Prize recipients are pictured in this special "In Focus" section.
Six winners received $100,000 each and nine others received awards of $10,000. The 15 were chosen from more than 1,000 nominees for their efforts to tackle a wide range of problems, such as poverty, pollution, criminal recidivism, racial reconciliation, healthcare access and homelessness. …