The AARP® Purpose Prize®

The AARP® Purpose Prize®
AARP Purpose Prize honorees tell a new story of aging—one full of meaningful impact and limitless possibilities

Award Benefits

  • Each AARP Purpose Prize Winner’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations will receive $50,000. Each AARP Purpose Prize Fellow’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization will receive $5,000. Our hope is that the funds will be used for future work towards the greater social good.
  • The opportunity for their stories and work to be promoted across a variety of media channels
  • Membership in the 2021 AARP Purpose Prize “class” of honorees — a peer community of learning
  • Yearlong individualized support to help further organizational goals
  • Inclusion in the full AARP Purpose Prize alumni network

Application cycle dates

The Call for Applications for the AARP Purpose Prize runs from November 12, 2019 to March 31, 2020.


  • You are 50 or older
  • You are the founder or co-founder of your organization
  • Your organization is a registered non-profit  (501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4))
  • You began the work you do after the age of 40
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident
  • You can clearly document the impact of your organization’s work
  • There is a connection in your own life that drew you to the work you do
  • Your organization uses innovative approaches to an existing or emerging problem
  • While your work can be international in scope, it is based in the US.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2020

Learn more about the AARP Purpose Prize, how to apply, rules, and eligibility at

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