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The AARP® Purpose Prize®

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Nomination Submission Deadline March 6, 2018

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Description

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AARP® is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP® works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families, with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

The AARP® Purpose Prize® is the only national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference. Through the Purpose Prize®, AARP® celebrates the creativity, innovation and inspiration that life experience brings.

Each year, five winners receive $50,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Applications go through a formal, structured review process, including review by a prestigious jury of national leaders who have used their life experience for good. Based on the jury’s recommendations, the AARP® CEO selects the winners.

Included within the AARP® Purpose Prize® is the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. This award celebrates the legacy of AARP®’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who was an innovative educator and social change agent. It recognizes work that brings multiple generations together for a better community. Each year, one of the five AARP® Purpose Prize® awards will be designated for the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.

While there can be only five AARP® Purpose Prize® winners, AARP® recognizes the incredible volume of high-quality applicants doing amazing work. Therefore, AARP® will invite an additional set of upward of 10 “fellows” each year to round out each year’s “class.” While fellows will not receive a cash prize, they will have access to a number of supports and technical assistance detailed more fully later in this document.

If you are 50 or older and are using your life experience to make your community or world a better place, we encourage you to learn more about the AARP® Purpose Prize®. This document answers important questions about how to nominate someone (or yourself), how to apply and what makes a strong applicant.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Q: What would make me or someone I know a strong applicant for the AARP® Purpose Prize®?

We are looking for everyday people who are doing extraordinary things with their life experience to make a better future for people of any age. You don’t have to have a big budget or a large team to be a strong candidate.

Because we believe that life experience can change the world, you must be at least 50 years old and have started your work at the age of 40 or later to qualify.

Q: What are you looking for in AARP® Purpose Prize® winners?

All nominees, whether you nominate someone else or yourself, must complete a short narrative application. Here are the review criteria we use.

  • Innovation: New approach to an old or emerging problem, or a creative way of building on an existing idea so it reaches more people.

  • Creative or entrepreneurial spirit: Demonstrated commitment as a visionary or pioneer in your field of work.

  • Impact: Clearly documented impact. This could be through an external evaluation or internal efforts to track success.

  • Future focus: Work that shows promise for the future, that is, the next three to five years.

  • Experience-based: Clear connection between your life experience and the work you’re doing. This could be through the problem you’re solving, the skills you’ve applied to the problem, or the life experience or insights that led you to this work.

  • Integrity: Demonstration that you’re a highly ethical person who will make an excellent AARP® Purpose Prize® ambassador. You are a role model for others who are using their life experience to make a difference.

Q: Can my work be either paid or nonpaid?

Yes, people who work as a volunteer, receive a stipend or are paid a salary are all eligible. Some applicants get paid for their current work, while others donate their time. However, you must be able to demonstrate that your contributions have had a transformational impact.

Q: Do I have to work for a nonprofit?

No. People who work for nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, a mix of these, or independently are eligible. As long as the work leads to positive change and has had a significant impact at the local, regional, national or global level, it is eligible.

Q: Does the work have to be something new that I founded?

No. We strongly encourage people who are using new ideas and approaches to change existing work. This can be in the nonprofit, public or private sectors. One important note: We’re not looking for people who have simply applied strong management skills to improve an organization’s performance.

Q: Can people who work together be nominated for a single award?

Yes, but each person in the partnership must meet all the criteria and they must demonstrate how they’ve each contributed significantly to the work.

Q: Can I be working on issues outside the U.S.?

Yes, we do accept applications from people whose work primarily benefits people living outside U.S. borders, but you must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. In this case, be sure to check the International box on the application.

Q: What issues are appropriate for the AARP® Purpose Prize®?

We strongly consider applicants working in the following issue areas.

  • Intergenerational work (opportunities for different generations to share their experience, knowledge and skills)

  • Rethinking the workplace (jobs, work environments, alternative approaches)

  • Caregiving and caregiver resources (support for vulnerable populations and the people who care for them)

  • Healthy living (food and nutrition, brain health, physical fitness, etc.)

  • Financial health (financial stability, resilience, economic opportunity, etc.)

  • Hunger (food insecurity, waste, distribution, etc.)

  • Affordable housing (safe, well-managed, and affordable housing and services)

  • Social connections (reducing isolation among vulnerable community members)

  • Civic engagement and community development (helping people be active participants in building and strengthening their communities)

  • Environmental issues (combating the challenges facing the planet)

  • Children and youth (helping kids and young people reach their full potential)

  • Arts and culture (using art and culture as tools to engage communities in positive change)

  • Peace and security rights (establishing or preserving justice and equality by peaceful means)

While AARP® welcomes applicants working across many social impact areas, it will strongly consider candidates who work with older adults in areas of particular concern to AARP®, specifically: intergenerational work; rethinking the workplace; caregiving and caregiver resources; healthy living; financial health; hunger; affordable housing; and social connections.

Q: Am I still eligible if I’ve received recognition or honors in my local community or field?

Yes, but in general we are looking for people who haven’t been widely recognized outside of their local communities or their field of work.

Q: Are there types of innovation that cannot be considered for the AARP® Purpose Prize®?

We are not looking for creative endeavors that do not improve people’s lives directly. Also, we cannot evaluate the merit of certain types of innovations. Here are some examples:

  • We cannot evaluate scientific or technological inventions, although of course these can be important social innovations. If you are an inventor, you must describe how you have spread the use of an independently recognized invention and demonstrate the social impact of that invention.

  • Similarly, if you are an academic researcher or a fine artist, you need to demonstrate that you have also been involved in using research or art to address a significant social problem and can demonstrate the social impact of your work.

  • You should not be involved in work that is exclusively religious or sectarian. However, people working in faith-based settings that have a broader social mission are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Q: Are only AARP® members eligible?

Anyone who meets the criteria listed above is eligible.

Q: Why does the applicant’s work need to start after age 40?

Because we believe that life experience can change the world, you must be at least 50 to apply and have started your work at the age of 40 or later to qualify. Important note: The AARP® Purpose Prize® is not a lifetime achievement award. It celebrates people who are currently using their life experience and creativity to make a difference on important social issues.

Q: How recent does the work need to be?

As noted above, applicants need to be at least 50 at the time of the application deadline and have started the work at age 40 or older. The work needs to be taking place at the time of the application.

Q: What factors make someone ineligible for the AARP® Purpose Prize®?

The following categories of people are not eligible.

  • AARP® staff

  • AARP® Board members

  • AARP® consultants and vendors who have received remuneration during the 12-month period preceding the application deadline

  • Individuals who work at organizations that share a board member with AARP®

  • Members of the AARP® Purpose Prize® review panel or jurors

  • AARP® volunteers

  • Family members (including domestic partners) and business associates of any individuals in the categories listed above

  • Current grantees

  • Elected officials

NOTE: Applicants selected for consideration as finalists must disclose any current or prior financial relationship or other support they have received from AARP®, AARP® Foundation, AARP® Services Inc. or members of the AARP® Purpose Prize® panel of reviewers or jury. Other support includes, but is not limited to, technical assistance, promotion and advocacy. A current or prior relationship, financial or otherwise, does not immediately disqualify an applicant, but such factors will be considered in finalizing a diverse pool of winners. Similarly, AARP® Purpose Prize® reviewers and jurors as well as staff and board members of all AARP® entities are required to disclose any current or prior relationship to any AARP® Purpose Prize® candidates. Volunteers and staff are not allowed to nominate themselves or family members. AARP® reserves the right to disqualify any applicant at any time and for any reason should AARP® determine that the application does not properly represent the organization/program’s mission, goals and policies.

Q: Who makes the final selection of winners?

An independent panel of jurors recommends a final slate of nominees. Jurors are distinguished national leaders selected for their experience and judgement. Based on the jury’s recommendations, the AARP® CEO determines the final winners.

Awards and Winners’ Obligations

Q: What is the monetary award and how can it be used?

Each AARP® Purpose Prize® winner will receive $50,000. There are no restrictions on how the winners may use the money. Most past winners have used the money to further their work, but that is not a requirement. Our hope is that the funds are a down payment on future work for the greater social good.

Note: All taxes associated with the acceptance and/or uses of cash awarded are the sole responsibility of individual winners. Cash awarded will be reported by AARP® on an IRS Form 1099. All AARP® Purpose Prize® winners of cash awards are advised to consult with their own tax professionals and/or legal counsel to ascertain the tax impact of receiving such cash awards, whether such applicable winners do or do not elect to divert their awards to an eligible nonprofit organization.

Q: What else do the winners receive?

In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, winners receive:

  • The opportunity for their stories and work to be promoted across a variety of media channels

  • Media and storytelling training

  • Membership in the 2018 AARP® Purpose Prize® class of awardees and fellows — a peer learning group focused on targeted technical assistance and support

Q: What are the winners’ obligations to AARP®?

  • Willingness to share your personal story with others is critical. We’re looking for individuals who will make compelling ambassadors of the AARP® Purpose Prize® and who can be inspiring role models for others who are using their life experience to make a difference.

  • Participation at the onsite AARP® Purpose Prize® celebration event.

  • Engagement with at least five media outlets during the announcement, event and post-event phases (with opportunities for additional media engagements).

  • Participation in a midyear onsite get-together.

  • Participation in the one-day pre-2019 Purpose Prize® end-of-year get-together to reflect on the AARP® Purpose Prize® experience, share feedback, make recommendations, etc.

  • Attendance at the 2019 Purpose Prize® celebration event.

  • Optional participation in networking events.

Q: What are AARP® Purpose Prize® fellows and what do they receive?

While there can only be five AARP® Purpose Prize® winners each year, AARP® recognizes that there are many strong applicants whose work contributes to improving local and global communities. Therefore, AARP® will invite a select group of finalists to be fellows. The fellows will help round out each year’s class. While fellows will not receive a cash prize, they will be invited to:

  • Participate in media and storytelling training.

  • Participate in the one-day pre-2019 Purpose Prize® end-of-year get-together to reflect on the AARP® Purpose Prize® experience, share feedback, make recommendations, etc.

  • Attend the 2019 AARP® Purpose Prize® celebration event.

  • Attend a midyear onsite get-together.

  • Opt in for technical assistance and support webinars.

  • Engage in optional networking events.

NOTE: Fellows are eligible to reapply to the AARP® Purpose Prize® after a two-year grace period.

Background & More Information

Q: Why was the AARP® Purpose Prize® created?

The AARP® Purpose Prize® was created in 2006 by Encore.org (then called Civic Ventures) to recognize the power of older adults to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. In the past 10 years, nearly 10,000 Purpose Prize® nominations have been received, almost 500 winners and fellows have been recognized, and over $5 million in prizes have been awarded.

In 2016, the prize came to AARP®. Under the leadership of CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP® is committed to giving the AARP® Purpose Prize® an even bigger stage to tell the story of remarkable people using their life experiences and creativity and innovation to have a lasting social impact.

Q: Where can I find the official rules?

The official rules are located at www.aarp.org/purposeprize.

Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact us at purposeprize@aarp.org.  

Rules

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AARP®® PURPOSE PRIZE® CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

 

1. BRIEF OVERVIEW: The AARP® Purpose Prize® (“Promotion” or “Contest”) takes place between. October 24, 2017 and April 6, 2018 until 11:59 PM EST. (“Promotion Period”). The Promotion consists of a nomination process in which individuals will nominate someone who has helped to tackle a major social problem, with prizes awarded to Winners based on the judging criteria outlined in these Official Rules. More specific details are stated below.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Nominees must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States/District of Columbia and its territories or a US citizen living abroad, who are at least fifty (50) years old as of the date of entry and who started the work for which they are nominated at the age of forty (40) or older. Officers, directors, and employees of AARP® ( “Sponsor”), its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising/promotion agencies, and/or their affiliates, assigns or representatives (hereinafter referred to collectively as “Sponsor & Others”), and all other persons or entities associated with the development, administration, judging, promotion, execution of, of this Promotion are not eligible for nomination. AARP® volunteers and staff are not allowed to nominate themselves or family members. Additionally, current grantees, elected officials, individuals involved in a project that is exclusively religious or sectarian, individuals that work for organizations that share a board member with AARP®, or members of the same household and immediate families of Sponsor &Others, (e.g. parents, children, spouse, siblings) are not eligible for nomination.

3. HOW TO PARTICIPATE/SELECTION OF WINNER/PRIZE/ODDS OF WINNING:

A) AARP® Purpose Prize® Contest: There will be a total of five (5) Prizes awarded to Winners selected from a pool of eligible Nominees. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Nominee at any time and for any reason should Sponsor determine that Nominee does not properly represent Sponsor’s mission, goals, and policies. An individual may only submit one (1) self-nomination or nomination from another individual. Only one (1) entry per individual. The entry and selection process is as follows:

  • Nomination: Individuals may nominate someone by visiting www.aarp.org/purpose prize between October 24, 2017 and March 6, 2018; and completely filling out the Official Nomination Form, including the Nominee’s name, organization, email address, and a description of the work for which they should be recognized (limit 2,000 characters). Nominee’s work must have a clear social impact. Creative endeavors that do not include social impact work will not be considered. While Sponsor does not limit the types of social impact issues that will be considered, it will strongly consider candidates who work in areas of particular concern to Sponsor; specifically:

    • Intergenerational work (opportunities for different generations to come together to share their experience, knowledge, and skills)

    • Rethinking the workplace (jobs, work environments, alternative approaches)

    • Caregiving and caregiver resources (support for vulnerable populations and the people who care for them)

    • Healthy living (food and nutrition, brain health, physical fitness, etc.)

    • Financial health (financial stability, resilience, economic opportunity, etc.)

    • Hunger (food insecurity, waste, distribution, etc.)

    • Affordable housing (safe, well-managed, and affordable housing and services)

    • Social connections (isolation among vulnerable community members)

  • Application: Upon submission of the completed Nomination Form, each Nominee will receive an email containing a link to the Official Application Form. Individuals who nominate themselves will automatically be directed to this form. Nominees must complete the application form prior to 11:59 PM EST on April 6, 2018 to be considered. Upon completion of the Application Form, each applicant will automatically be entered into the Contest. Nominees who fail to submit an Official Application or do not comply with application instructions will not be considered.

  • Judging and Selection Process: The judging will consist of five (5) rounds, Applicant, Candidate, Semi-Finalist, Finalist, and Winners and Fellows’ rounds (collectively, “Contest Rounds).. Candidates, Semi-Finalists, and Finalists will be selected by a group of AARP® staff and/or external thought leader reviewers (“AARP® Reviewers”). Winners will be selected by a panel of Jurors appointed by AARP®. The Jurors are distinguished national leaders selected for their experience and judgment. Based upon the jury recommendations, the AARP® CEO determines the final Winners. Those selected for each round (“Round Winner”) will be selected from all remaining entries from the previous round, which were all originally received throughout the Promotion Period. AARP® Reviewers and Jurors will evaluate entrants on a scale of 1-5 based upon the following criteria:

    • Innovation: New approach to an old or emerging problem, or a creative way of building on an existing idea so it reaches more people.

    • Creative or entrepreneurial spirit: Demonstrated commitment as a visionary or pioneer in your field of work.

    • Impact: Clearly documented impact. This could be through an external evaluation or internal efforts to track success.

    • Future focus: Work that shows promise for the future, that is, the next three to five years.

    • Experience-based: Clear connection between life experience and the work being done. This could be through the problem solving, skills applied to the problem, or the life experience or insights that led to this work.

    • Integrity: Demonstration of a high level of ethics, making the individual a role model for others who are using their life experience to make a difference.

    In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged based on the same criteria listed above and the Round Winner will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants agree to the Official Rules and to the decisions of the AARP® Reviewers and Jurors, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Award of a prize to any Round Winner will be subject to verification of that Round Winner’s eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

  • Contest Rounds Administration and Round Winner Notification:

    • Round 1 (Applicant Round) All applicants must submit their applications by 11:59pm EST on April 6, 2018. AARP® Reviewers will identify all eligible applications that meet the outlined AARP® Purpose Prize® criteria. From the eligible applications, the AARP® Reviewers will select up to 150 applicants to continue to Round 2.

    • Round 2 (Candidate Round) Candidates will be selected by AARP® Reviewers who have been selected to continue will be notified no later than May 7, 2018. The Round 2 narrative application will be provided shortly after the time of notification. Round 2 Candidates will have until 11:59pm EST on May 25, 2018 to submit their Round 2 application. The return of any Candidate notification message or document as undeliverable or the failure to complete the Candidate application form or comply with the applicable instructions may result in disqualification of said Candidate, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize and the selection of a substitute Candidate from among all remaining eligible entries.

    • Round 3 (Semi-Finalist Round) On approximately June 27, 2018, 10-15 Semi-Finalists will be selected by internal AARP® Reviewers from the candidates put forth from Round 2.

    • Round 4 (Finalist Round). On approximately July 12, 2018, the 10-15 Semi-Finalists will then be reviewed by AARP® Reviewers who will then select 7-10 Finalists to be voted on by the Jury in Round 5.

    • Round 5 (Winner Round): On approximately September 4, 2018 Jury deliberations of the 7-10 Finalists will begin and last until approximately September 19, 2018. On Approximately September 19, 2018 the Jury will make its recommendations of the 5 Winners. On approximately September 20, 2018 the AARP® CEO will review the recommendations of the Jury and determine if the five (5) recommended Winners will be formally confirmed.

    • Finalists must disclose any current or prior relationship, financial or otherwise, including without limitation, other support they have received from AARP®, AARP® Foundation, AARP® Services, Inc., or Jurors and the organizations they represent. Other support includes but is not limited to: technical assistance, promotion and advocacy. A current or prior relationship, financial or otherwise, does not immediately disqualify a Finalist, but such factors will be considered in finalizing a diverse pool of Finalists.

    • In the event there are not five (5) eligible Finalists available for selection as a Winner, Sponsor reserves the right to reduce the number of Winners to the number of individuals that are eligible for selection based on the selection criteria provided herein.

    • Winners will be notified by phone and via email on or about September 21, 2018. Winners must email purposeprize@aarp.org within five (5) days of notification to claim prize. The return of any prize notification message or document as undeliverable may result in disqualification of the applicable Winner, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize and the selection of a substitute Winner from among all remaining eligible Finalists. All Winners will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the expectations and benefits as an AARP® Purpose Prize® Winner as a condition of accepting the prize

  • Prizes: Each Winner will receive (1) $50,000. to celebrate their achievement and hopefully broaden their work; (2) The opportunity to participate in a 1-year Purpose Prize® peer cohort and media/storytelling/ AARP® messaging trainings; (3) Media engagements via AARP® facilitation and/or delivery channels; (4) Access to internal AARP® and external resources to support their work; (5) An assigned AARP® Point of Contact (POC) to help facilitate pro bono support as needed and available; (6) Attendance at the 2018 AARP® Purpose Prize® Celebration Event.

  • Odds of Winning: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received, and the Jurors’ evaluation of said entries.

Participant need not be an AARP® member in order to enter and/or win. Being an AARP® member will not increase your chance or odds of winning.

AARP® Purpose Prize® Fellows: While there can only be five AARP® Purpose Prize® Winners each year, AARP® recognizes that there are many strong applicants whose work contributes to improving local and global communities. Therefore, AARP® will invite a select group of Finalists, and in some cases Semi-Finalists, to be “Fellows.” The Fellows will help round out each year’s “class.” AARP® Purpose Prize® Fellows may also receive, but are not guaranteed: (1) Participation in 1-year Purpose Prize® peer cohort and media and storytelling training; (2) Attendance at the 2018 AARP® Purpose Prize® celebration event; (3) Opt in for technical assistance and support webinars; (4) Engagement in optional networking events.

NOTE: Fellows are eligible to reapply for the AARP® Purpose Prize® after a two-year grace period from the date of their most recent AARP® Purpose Prize® award nomination.

4. TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO PRIZE RECIPIENT (“PRIZE RECIPIENT”):

Prize Limit: An individual, including a member of his/her household, regardless of email address used, may only win one (1) prize throughout the Promotion Period. Each Winner will receive the prize within 45 days of having been confirmed as a Winner. Prizes are not transferable or substitutable except by Sponsor with one of equal or greater value. Sponsor is not responsible for any Prize Recipient’s inability to utilize her/his prize.

Note: All taxes associated with the acceptance and/or uses of cash awarded are the sole responsibility of individual winners. Cash awarded will be reported by AARP® on an IRS Form 1099. It is further the policy of AARP®: That all AARP® Purpose Prize® winners of cash awards be advised to consult with their own tax professionals and/or legal counsel to ascertain the tax impact of receiving such cash awards, whether such applicable winners do or do not elect to divert their awards to an eligible non-profit organization.

The policy of AARP® is the following: That Winners of the AARP® Purpose Prize® may direct a portion or the entirety of their cash awards (if any) to an eligible 501(c)(3) organization without triggering the need for AARP® to file a 1099 form on behalf of such Winners to the IRS to report potential taxable income, so long as:

  1. The Winners of the cash awards did not self-nominate;

  2. The elections to direct awards to designated charities are made before the cash awards have been transmitted to the applicable winners; and,

  3. The recipient organizations can provide proper documentation to AARP® of their charitable status, prior to receipt of funds.

All federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of each Prize Recipient. AARP® reserves the right to modify this policy at its own discretion at any time and within applicable IRS guidelines.

Additionally, at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of an alternate Winner may result from any of the following: (a) a potential Winner’s failure, upon request, to provide Sponsor with satisfactory proof of age, identity, residency, and/or eligibility; (b) a potential Winner’s failure to accept or utilize the prize as provided herein; or (c) any other non-compliance, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, with the Official Rules.

5. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Sponsor & Others are not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections; for miscommunications; failed telephone, computer or electronic transmissions; for jumbled, scrambled or misdirected entries or transmissions; for phone, electrical, network, technology or computer hardware or software or program malfunctions, failures or difficulties; or any other errors, omissions, interruptions, or deletions of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic; or for non-receipt of any entry regardless of the cause of it not being properly received by Sponsor. Sponsor & Others are not responsible for illegible, unintelligible, late, lost or stolen entries; for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; or for any technical, printing or human errors which may occur in the receipt, non-receipt or processing of any entries in the Promotion. In no event will Sponsor award more Prizes than are stated in these Official Rules. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Promotion, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and may be subject to prosecution. Any person attempting to enter using multiple email addresses, multiple identities or any other device or artifice to enter multiple times or to interfere with the proper play of the Promotion will be disqualified from participation in the Promotion. If, in the judgment of Sponsor, the Promotion is compromised by viruses, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor, which or may corrupt the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, discontinue, suspend or terminate the Promotion and proceed to select potential Round Winners in a manner it deems fair and reasonable.

SPONSOR & OTHERS MAKE NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT AS REGARDS ANY PRIZE OR ANY COMPONENT OF ANY PRIZE. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OF EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS TO LEARN IF ANY OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

6. CANCELATION: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, virus, human error, tampering or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes from among the eligible entries or plays received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

7. PRIVACY POLICY: Any personally identifiable information collected during an applicant’s participation in the Promotion will be collected by Sponsor and used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor's Privacy Policy as such is stated at https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/info-0502010/privacypolicy.html. Sponsor will not share the nominators’ name or contact information with any nominee or with the general public.

8. PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By accepting a prize, each Prize Recipient agrees to allow Sponsor and/or Sponsor's designees the perpetual right to use his/her entry, name, biographical information, photos, videos and/or likeness, and statements for promotion, trade, commercial, advertising and publicity purposes, at any time or times, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, including but not limited to on the World Wide Web and Internet, without notice, review or approval and without additional compensation except where prohibited by law. The above language also applies to all applicants who are designated as Semi-Finalists.

9. GOVERNING LAW: Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of Washington, DC.

10. RELEASE: By participating, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor & Others from and against any and all costs, claims, damages, or any other injury, whether due to negligence or otherwise, to person(s) or property (including, without limitation, death or violation of any personal rights, such as violation of right of publicity/privacy, libel, or slander), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Promotion, or arising out of the receipt, use or misuse, or enjoyment of any Prize.

11. GENERAL: By entering the Promotion, entrants agree to abide and to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all matters pertaining to this Promotion. All entries become property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Void outside of the fifty (50) United States/District of Columbia and wherever prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

12. WINNER’S list: To obtain the names of the Finalists, send a properly stamped, self-addressed envelope, by 12/31/18, to AARP® Purpose Prize® Winners’ List, A10-187, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049.

SPONSOR: AARP®, 601 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20049

© 2017 AARP®

AARP® is a registered trademark of AARP® Non-Profit Corporation, D.C. These Official Rules may not be reproduced or reprinted in part or in their entirety without the express prior written permission of AARP®.