Sponsors of The Purpose Prize

The Purpose Prize® was first awarded in 2006 by Encore.org, formerly Civic Ventures, with major investments from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation to showcase the value of experience and disprove notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. More than 500 people have been recognized as Purpose Prize winners or fellows.
Mauricio Lim Miller, 2014 winner of The Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, with Encore.org board member Jane Pauley.

In 2015, we are pleased to announce three special-category prizes: The Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion, a $25,000 award sponsored by MetLife Foundation, The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact, a $25,000 award sponsored by The Eisner Foundation, and The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Collaboration, a $25,000 award sponsored by The Eisner Foundation.



We would like to extend our deep appreciation to the following sponsors of The Purpose Prize.

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies is dedicated to advancing opportunity, equity and human dignity. Established in 1982, when Chuck Feeney quietly committed virtually all of his assets to the foundation, Atlantic has since made grants approaching $8 billion. In keeping with Mr. Feeney’s “Giving While Living,” big-bet philosophy, Atlantic invests in systemic change to accelerate improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The foundation, which has operated in Australia, Bermuda, Cuba, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam, will complete all grant making in 2016 and conclude operations shortly afterward. 

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The Eisner Foundation

The Eisner Foundation was started in 1996 by Michael D. Eisner, then-Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and his wife Jane in order to focus their family’s philanthropic activities. The Eisner Foundation gives an estimated $7 million per year to nonprofit organizations based in Los Angeles County. The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence recognizes national organizations with innovative programs that bridge multiple generations in our communities. In 2015, The Eisner Foundation became the only U.S. funder investing exclusively in intergenerational solutions.


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MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2014, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $670 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world.
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John Templeton Foundation

 The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will.  It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights. 
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Additional Support for The Purpose Prize

PP Sponsor & FAQs PhotoEncore.org extends special thanks to Diane L. Paul and our growing number of generous individual donors for their support of The Purpose Prize.

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