Barbara Nevins Taylor Honored as 2014 Purpose Prize Fellow honored Barbara Nevins Taylor, founder of, as one of its 2014 Purpose Prize fellows, social innovators over 60  dedicated to finding solutions to challenging social problems.

Nevins Taylor, one of 38 Purpose Prize fellows, said, “I’m proud to be recognized for the work we do at But I am in awe of the accomplishments of the 2014 Purpose Prize winners.”



David CampbellDavid Campbell won the main Purpose Prize for creating and running All Hands Volunteers. Campbell used his management skills to develop an organization that mobilizes volunteers and sends them to work on rebuilding projects in disaster areas.

Pamela CantorPamela Canter, M.D., won the Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact sponsored by the Eisner Foundation. She leads Turnaround For Children, which works in urban schools to help children traumatized by violence and poverty.

Charles Irvin FletcherCharles Irvin Fletcher won the Purpose Prize because he created Spirit Horse International. His organization runs 91 free therapeutic riding centers for children with disabilities.

Richard JoynerRichard Joyner won the Purpose Prize for his work that aims to improve the health of his community in rural North Carolina.  Joyner started a 25-acre community garden to produce healthy food for members of his congregation. His Conetoe Family Life Center runs after-school and summer programs that focus on the fresh food the community grows and sells.

Mauricio Lim MillerMauricio Lim Miller won the Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion sponsored by the MetLife Foundation. He started the Family Independence Initiative Program in Oakland, California  that helped establish community lending circles where people lend money to one another.  Forty lending circles operate now in Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, Boston, Detroit and New Orleans.

Kate WilliamsKate Williams began to lose her vision at 47 and kept going.  She retrained herself and used what she learned to help others. She won the Purpose Prize for creating a program that uses adaptive technologies to help blind and visually impaired people prepare for jobs.


The Purpose Prize honors people over 60 who combine their life skills and talents for the social good. The Purpose Prize is a program of (formerly Civic Ventures), a nonprofit organization that wants to build a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. created the prize in 2005 with investments from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation. The Purpose Prize has honored over 430 Purpose Prize winners and fellows in nine years. Taken together, their work showcases the enormous, and too-often overlooked, value of experience, and disproves the notion that innovation is the sole province of the young.


The 2014 Purpose Prize fellows represent inspiring examples of social innovation with growing potential for impact. As Purpose Prize fellows, they gain valuable access to a dynamic learning community of like-minded encore leaders and innovators.

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