The Purpose Prize honors individuals making a monument out of what many consider the leftover years, not only finding personal meaning but doing creative and entrepreneurial work aimed at solving fundamental problems facing the nation and the world today.

All in their 60s and beyond, these pioneers have built upon the experiences that have shaped their lives to improve others’ lives.

Like Susan Burton (pictured right), who suffered through drug addiction and two decades in and out of prison. Now she helps formerly incarcerated women rebound. And Bhagwati Agrawal, who grew up in India with scarce access to clean water. Now he gives villagers in India the means to collect rain from rooftops, for safe water to drink. For their remarkable work in their encore careers, both Burton and Agrawal won the 2012 Purpose Prize.

Who will be next?

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Prize, which will award up to $100,000 to social innovators 60 and older. You may nominate a colleague, a friend, even yourself anyone whose creative endeavors in the second half of life are making a big difference to society. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The Prize here. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2013.

Leading by example, Purpose Prize winners urge us all not to just leave a legacy, but to live one. Help find the next deserving group of people who will carry on the tradition.

Nominate today, and please spread the word.

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