The Purpose Prize honors Americans 60 and older for changing lives in new and creative ways.
Encore.org today announced that Susan Jacobs, from Tampa, is a 2012 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life.
Jacobs was named a fellow because of her unwavering commitment to provide transportation solutions to people who are in need of safe, reliable transportation to maintain their employment and provide for their families. Jacobs, the only 2012 Purpose Prize honoree from Florida, founded the nonprofit organization Wheels of Success with the motto “Working Wheels Keep Families Working,” and says these words express the world she experiences every day. Through Wheels of Success, Jacobs has provided 501 vehicles and an additional 517 auto-related services to Tampa Bay area residents since 2003.
“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s steepest challenges,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”
The Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Prize is awarded by Encore.org (the new name for Civic Ventures), a nonprofit that promotes encore careers – work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good.
“The people we help are all working members of our community who are struggling because they lack personal transportation in a metro area that has a large geographic footprint but no efficient mass transit system,” said Jacobs. “I am honored to be recognized as a Purpose Prize fellow and am grateful for the opportunity this award presents to raise awareness of our program and provide more people with the keys to success.” For details about Jacobs’ work and her Purpose Prize honor, visit www.encore.org/susan-jacobs.
A panel of 23 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – chose the five winners from a pool of more than 800 nominees. This year’s 35 fellows are finalists for The Prize. An awards ceremony will be held in February in San Francisco.
For more information about The Purpose Prize, visit: www.encore.org/prize.
About Encore.org (www.encore.org)
Encore.org is a nonprofit organization building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue “encore careers” – second acts for the greater good. The Purpose Prize, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, is a program of Encore.org.
About Wheels of Success (www.wheelsofsuccess.org)
Wheels of Success accepts donated vehicles in any condition—running or not—and works with community partners in the automotive industry to repair and recondition the vehicles to get them road ready for Tampa Bay area families to get to work. To find out more, visit www.wheelsofsuccess.org.