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Ideas For Good

A new survey by Participant Media and Encore.org finds that adults over 50 overwhelmingly describe a strong desire to help make the world better for those younger than themselves1. Starting in April 2012, TakePart.com launched the Marigold Ideas For Good Contest, looking for some of the most inspiring and innovative people over 50 in the United States.

We weren't disappointed.

After an overwhelming response: hundreds of submissions and thousands of votes, we now have 30 winners — and six grand prize winners — doing remarkable things across the country. These winners are mothers and fathers, teachers and farmers, scientists and volunteers. Some of them, like Karen Blessen (our June grand prize winner, pictured above), were inspired by tragedy to change their communities. Others, like May winner Kathleen Fletcher, traveled thousands of miles to make a difference in the lives of those she had never met. They are all inspiring, and we're proud to feature their projects on TakePart.com and support their future endeavors.


Five winners each month (from April to October) received a $5,000 grant toward their project, and one grand prize winner each month received an educational or service-learning adventure via Road Scholar.

1  Click here to download the full survey results.

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