Apply for the AARP Purpose Prize Award by Feb. 28, 2023

Dec 27, 2022

The AARP® Purpose Prize® award supports AARP’s mission by honoring extraordinary people ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all.  Applications are due by February 28th, 2023.

Each AARP Purpose Prize Winner’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization will receive $50,000. In addition, once the five (5) Winners are identified, each of them will then have the opportunity to enter into the AARP Inspire Award Contest where the general public will be invited to vote and select the AARP Inspire Award Winner (For more details about the AARP Inspire Award Contest, visit on July 28, 2022)

  • Each AARP Purpose Prize Fellow’s founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization will receive $10,000.
  • Winners and fellows will also have access to a number of technical assistance organizational supports and resources to help broaden their organizations’ impact.
  • Membership in the AARP Purpose Prize “class” of honorees — a peer community of learning
  • Inclusion in the full AARP Purpose Prize alumni network


  • You are 50 or older
  • You are the founder or co-founder of your organization
  • Your organization is a (501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with its principal place of business located in the United States in good standing in its state of origin and tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code at the time of Applicant’s submission and throughout the Purpose Prize Contest selection process
  • You began the work you do at the age of 40 or older
  • You are a US citizen living in the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • 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 United States.

To learn more and apply, visit the AARP Purpose Prize webpage here.