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$10,000 Social Innovation Prize


MILWAUKEE ​(July 20, 2017)— $10,000 awaits an older adult innovator who’s helped change the world for the better while proving age is just a number. This $10,000 award, called the Social Innovation Prize, is awarded by Interfaith Older Adult Programs. The competition recognizes passionate older adults creatively carrying out important missions that address social problems.

The winner will be an individual who has a mission, exceptional ideas and wants to encourage change for the better. Social innovators look at existing activities, initiatives, services, processes, or products and develops new or improved ways to address social and economic challenges faced by Wisconsin communities.

For eligibility of the 2017 Social Innovation Prize, the nominee must:

● Have reached the age of 50 before July 1, 2017

● Started work for which he/she is nominated at age 40 or later;

● Currently addressing a major social issue in the second half of life;

● Currently be a resident of Wisconsin

● Not be an elected official involved in activities related to their elected office

● Not involved in a project that is exclusively religious or sectarian. People working in faith-based settings that have a broader social mission are eligible.

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m CDT on September 5, 2017.​ Funded by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, the winner will receive $5,000 for themselves and choose a charity of their choice to receive a second $5,000 at an awards luncheon in November.

The Social Innovation Prize honors the late Fred Lindner. Lindner’s legacy includes growing the Milwaukee County Department on Aging to include meals, transportation and community-based services to keep older adults independent. Lindner advocated on behalf older adults he retired from his first career in the trades. Nominees follow in Linder’s footsteps as they spearhead change and demonstrate there is no age barrier in innovation.

For nomination guidelines, the nomination form as well as additional information, please visit the Social Innovation Prize website here.