Purpose Prize Honors Six Over 60 for Nonprofit Work

A technology executive and an engineer who launched charities after retirement will receive $100,000 each Tuesday as the top winners of this year’s Purpose Prize, The New York Times reports. Four more seniors will get $25,000 awards from Encore.org, a nonprofit that encourages middle-aged and elderly people to take up community work, which created the prize to recognize Americans over the age of 60 who have devoted their later years to serving others.

The top honorees are David N. Campbell, 72, who founded All Hands Volunteers, a Massachusetts-based charity that has dispatched tens of thousands of people to aid disaster victims in 45 countries, and Charles Irvin Fletcher, who after retiring as a microwave systems engineer parlayed his love of horses into SpiritHorse International, a Texas-based network of therapeutic riding centers serving children with disabilities.

See Encore.org’s Purpose Prize Web page for more on this year’s winners.

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