DeKalb, IL — Civic Ventures today announced that Allan Barsema is one of 10 winners of its 2010 Purpose Prize. Now in its fifth year, the six-year, $17 million program is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs over 60 who, in their encore careers, are using their experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on society’s biggest challenges.
Barsema, the founder of two Rockford-based non-profit organizations will receive $100,000 for establishing Carpenter’s Place, an outreach center for the homeless in Rockford, and then establishing Community Collaboration, Inc., a non-profit software provider that has developed an online system to coordinate social services, first in Rockford and now expanded into five other states. Barsema now serves as Senior Research Associate for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in NIU Outreach’s Center for Governmental Studies, where he is developing a national program to demonstrate the benefits of greater collaboration among governments and faith-based social service providers.
“Purpose Prize winners are courageous, creative, passionate and strategic – all the qualities needed to make headway on some of our greatest challenges,” said Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and author of the upcoming book The Big Shift (March, PublicAffairs Books). “It is the combination of these qualities, their decades of experience, and the sheer size of the baby boomer population that make social innovators in their encore careers a promising and invaluable asset to society.”
"I am very honored to receive this prize." said Barsema. "The successes of Carpenter's Place and Community Collaboration, Inc. (CCI) demonstrate how people can indeed rebuild their lives when we look at the whole person and work collaboratively to help them. My wife Cathy and I will be reinvesting all of the prize proceeds back into our various works to help rebuild lives and transform communities. This will include the new project, 'One Body Collaboratives', which builds upon the existing efforts by mobilizing church and faith-based resources to collaborate more effectively to address individual, family, and community needs."
Sherry Lansing, CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation and former chair of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, chairs the jury that selected this year’s winners. The 32 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – chose the 10 winners out of a pool of more than 1,400 nominees.
Barsema will join nine other 2009 winners and 46 Purpose Prize Fellows at the Purpose Prize Summit November 12-14 in Philadelphia. The approximately 400 attendees of the invitation-only event will hear from featured speakers such as W. Wilson Goode, Sr. (former mayor of Philadelphia and 2006 Prize winner); writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson (author of Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom); civil rights leader and social innovator Robert Moses (founder of The Algebra Project); and bestselling author Martin Seligman (founder of the field of positive psychology).
The Purpose Prize, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation, is a program of the Encore Careers campaign (www.encore.org), which aims to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers combining social impact, personal meaning and continued income in the second half of life. The campaign is run by Civic Ventures, a national think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.
Short summaries for all winners are below. Fuller summaries, videos and photographs are online at www.encore.org/prize.
The $100,000 winners are (alphabetically):
The $50,000 winners are (alphabetically):
About Civic Ventures
Civic Ventures is a national think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.
The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Their work is aimed at ageing, disadvantaged children and youth, population health, and reconciliation and human rights.
About the John Templeton Foundation
The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. The Foundation supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose and the nature and origin of religious belief.