In making the $765,000 award, the foundation cited Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, for his vision of inspiring millions of boomers to pour their life experience into encore careers that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. “This new and growing workforce for social change could solve some of society’s toughest problems – from education to the environment, health care to homelessness,” the foundation noted in its announcement.
The award is the first made by the foundation to an organization that is focused on a demographic revolution: a new stage of work for adults who have completed their midlife careers and aren’t ready for true retirement.
The Skoll grant will help Civic Ventures promote encore careers and make midlife transitions easier with new continuing education programs, Encore Fellows initiatives and the Encore.org online community.
The foundation also commended Freedman for creating The Purpose Prize, a $100,000 award to social innovators in their encore careers.