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The AARP® Purpose Prize®

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Submission Deadline March 31, 2020

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You live. You learn. You give back. No one knows this better than people ages 50 and older, who have spent decades accumulating a wealth of knowledge that only life experience can bring. Armed with this wisdom, they are a powerhouse of innovation tackling some of the greatest societal challenges of our time and inspiring others to do the same. Through their diverse organizations, programs, and initiatives, they give back to their communities with a generosity of spirit that is at once impossible to match and irresistibly contagious. They are living their lives to the fullest so we can live ours.

Through this important annual award, AARP celebrates a new story of aging—one full of meaningful impact and limitless possibilities.

’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 award is a 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 award, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation, and inspiration that life experience brings.

One of the 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations that each of the five winners have founded will receive $50,000 in celebration of the winner’s achievements and to broaden the scope of the work of their organizations. 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 final Winners.

In addition, AARP recognizes other outstanding applicants by designating up to 10 fellows. One of the 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations, founded by the fellows will receive $5,000 each and the fellows will have access to a number of supports and resources.

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 award. This document answers important questions about how to apply and what makes a strong applicant.  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Q1: What would make me or someone I know a strong applicant for the AARP Purpose Prize award?

We are looking for people who have founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations doing extraordinary things by tapping their life experience to make a better future for people of any age. Your organization doesn’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.

Q2: Why do applicants need to be the founders of their organizations?

We are not looking for people who have simply applied strong management skills to improve an organization’s performance, i.e. doing the job they were hired to do and doing it very well. This should also not be viewed as a lifetime achievement award.

Q3: What are you looking for in AARP Purpose Prize Applications?

Here are the review criteria we use to assess the applicants’ organizations: 

  • Impact (30%): Clearly documented impact of the population you serve, this could be through external evaluation and/or internal efforts to track success.
  • Execution (30%): How your organization is structured, staffed, and funded. What strategies are in place to successfully implement and sustain the work that you do?
  • Personal Story (25%):Is there a connection in your own life that drew you to this work and compelled you to make a difference.
  • Innovation (15%):New approach to an old or emerging problem, or a creative way of building on an existing idea so that it reaches more people.

Q4:Can my work be either paid or nonpaid?

No.  Some applicants get paid a salary for their current work, some donate their time, while others receive a nominal stipend.

Q5:Do I have to work for a nonprofit?

Yes. Presently people who have founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations and continue to work for the nonprofits they foundedare eligible, as long as the work leads to positive change and has had a significant impact at the local, regional, national or global level.

Q6: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.

Q7: 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 and the 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization you founded has its principal place of business in the United States, District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico 

Q8: 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 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)
  • Civic engagement and community development (helping people be active participants in building and strengthening their communities)
  • Environmental issues (combatting the challenges facing the planet)
  • Children and youth (helping kids and young people reach their full potential, in school settings and elsewhere)
  • 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) 
  • Homelessness (addressing the needs of homeless populations)
  • Veterans (providing services for veterans, advocating for veterans’ rights, empowering veterans) 
  • Animal Protection (ensuring animal welfare, promoting animal companionship with vulnerable populations) 

Q9: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. 

Q10: Are there types of innovation that cannot be considered for the AARP Purpose Prize award?

  • We cannot evaluate the merit of certain types of scientific or technological innovations, academic research, or fine art. If you are an academic researcher, fine artist, or inventor you need to demonstrate the social impact of your research, art, or invention. Otherwise, your application will not be considered.
  • You should also 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.

Q11: Are only AARP members eligible?

Anyone who meets the criteria listed above is eligible, regardless of their AARP membership status.

Q12: 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 award 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.

Q13: 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.

Q14: 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 award jury
  • AARP-appointed volunteers
  • Family members (including domestic partners) and business associates of any individuals in the categories listed above
  • Current AARP or AARP Foundation grantees
  • Elected officials
  • Previous AARP Purpose Prize Award Winners
  • Individuals that were selected as an AARP Purpose Prize Fellow within the last two years.

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 award 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 affiliated entities are required to disclose any current or prior relationship to any AARP Purpose Prize candidates. AARP-appointed volunteers and staff are not allowed to apply. 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.

Q15: Who makes the final selection of winners?

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

Q16:What are AARP Purpose Prize Fellows?

Due to the volume of high-caliber applicants, AARP recognizes up to 10 Fellows to complete each year’s class. The founded 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations of the Fellows will receive $5,000 each and will also have access to a number of supports and resources.

Awards and Commitments

Q17:What cash awards do the Winners and Fellows receive and how can it be used?

Note: All taxes associated with the acceptance and/or uses of cash awarded are the sole responsibility of individual Winners’ designated organizations. Cash awarded will be reported by AARP to the IRS. It is further the policy of AARP: That all AARP Purpose Prize Winners’ and Fellows’ designated organizations that will receive the 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.

Q18: What will the Winners and Fellows receive individually?

The individual Winners and Fellows receive:

  • The opportunity for their stories and work to be promoted across a variety of media channels
  • Membership in the 2021 AARP Purpose Prize “class” of honorees -- a peer community of learning
  • Yearlong individualized support to help further organizational goals
  • Inclusion in the full AARP Purpose Prize alumni network

Note: Fellows are eligible to reapply to the AARP Purpose Prize award after a two-year period.

Q19:What are the Winners’ and Fellows’ commitments 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 2021 AARP Purpose Prize celebration event.
  • Participation in a midyear convening at AARP’s National Office in Washington, DC

Q19: 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.” Fellows will receive a cash prize of $5,000 each and will be invited to:

  • Participate in media and storytelling training.
  • Participate in the one-day pre-2020 Purpose Prize end-of-year get-together to reflect on the AARP Purpose Prize experience, share feedback, make recommendations, etc.
  • Attend the 2020 AARP Purpose Prize celebration event.
  • Attend a midyear onsite get-together.
  • Opt in for technical assistance and support webinars.
  • Engage in optional networking events.

More Information

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

Q22: 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.  November 12, 2019 and March 31, 2020 until 11:59 PM EST. (“Promotion Period”).  The Promotion consists of an application process in which individuals who have helped to tackle a major social problem will apply, 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. Nominees must have founded 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 Nominee’s nomination and throughout the Promotion selection process (“Founded Non-profit”). The Founded Non-profit’s mission should be consistent with the Nominee’s social impact work.  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 this Promotion are not eligible for nomination. AARP-appointed volunteers and staff are not allowed to nominate themselves or family members.  Additionally, past Purpose Prize and AARP Purpose Prize winners, past fellows from the previous two (2) years of  AARP Purpose Prize classes, current AARP or AARP Foundation 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 Applicants. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Applicant at any time and for any reason should Sponsor determine that Applicant does not properly represent Sponsor’s mission, goals, and policies. An individual may only submit one (1) application. Only one (1) entry per individual. The entry and selection process is as follows:

Application Individuals may apply by visiting www.aarp.org/purposeprize  between November 12, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and completely filling out the Official Application Form. Applicant’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, mental health, 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)

 

Other general areas include:

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

 

  • Environmental issues (combatting the challenges facing the planet)

 

  • Children and youth (helping kids and young people reach their full potential, in school settings and elsewhere)

 

  • 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)

 

  • Homelessness (addressing the needs of homeless populations)

 

  • Veterans (providing services for veterans, advocating for veterans’ rights, empowering veterans)

 

  • Animal protection (ensuring animal welfare, promoting animal companionship with vulnerable populations)

 

Upon completion of the Application Form, each applicant will automatically be entered into the Contest. Applicants who fail to submit a fully-completed 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 the following criteria:

  • Impact (30%): Clearly documented impact of the population you serve, this could be through external evaluation and/or internal efforts to track success.
  • Execution (30%): How your Founded Non-Profit is structured, staffed, and funded. What strategies are in place to successfully implement and sustain the work that you do?
  • Personal Story (25%): Is there a connection in your own life that drew you to this work and compelled you to make a difference.
  • Innovation (15%): New approach to an old or emerging problem, or a creative way of building on an existing idea so that it reaches more people.

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 March 31, 2020. AARP Reviewers will identify all eligible applications that meet the outlined AARP Purpose Prize award criteria. From the eligible applications, the AARP Reviewers will select up to 150 applicants to continue to Round 2.  The failure to complete the application form or comply with the applicable instructions will result in disqualification of said applicant, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize and the selection of a substitute applicant from among all remaining eligible entries.

 

  • Round 2 (Candidate Round) Approximately 30-35 Candidates will be selected by AARP Reviewers to continue to the next stage of internal reviews by no later than April 31, 2020.
  • Round 3 (Semi-Finalist Round) By approximately May 1, 2020, 10-15 Semi-Finalists will be selected by internal AARP Reviewers from the Candidates put forth from Round 2. AARP will notify the Semi-Finalists that they have been selected to move to Round 3 and schedule site-visits to meet the Candidates in person and to observe first-hand the work of their Founded Non-Profits in action. These site visits will take place throughout May and June, 2020.
  • Round 4 (Finalist Round). By approximately the first week of July 2020, 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): September 15, 2020 the Jury will make its recommendations of the 5 Winners. On approximately September 18, 2020 the AARP CEO will review the recommendations of the By September 1, 2020 Jury deliberations of the 7-10 Finalists will begin and last until mid-September 2020. On approximately 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, 2020. 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’s Founded Non-Profit will receive $50,000 in celebration of the Winner’s achievement and in furtherance of the Founded Non-Profit’s mission. The Winner will receive: (1) The opportunity to participate in a 1-year AARP Purpose Prize peer cohort; (2) Media engagements via AARP facilitation and/or delivery channels; (3) Access to internal AARP and external resources to support their work; (4) Attendance at the 2021 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 a maximum of five (5) 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 a 1-year AARP Purpose Prize peer cohort; (2) Attendance at the 2021 AARP Purpose Prize Celebration Event; (3) Access to internal AARP and external resources to support their work; and (4) a donation  of up to $5,000 for their Founded Non-Profit organizations.

NOTE: Fellows are eligible to reapply for the AARP Purpose Prize award after a two-year 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 and their Founded Non-Profits. Cash awarded will be reported by AARP to the IRS as AARP deems necessary according to applicable law. It is further the policy of AARP: That all AARP Purpose Prize winners and Founded Nonprofits be advised to consult with their own tax professionals and/or legal counsel to ascertain the tax impact of the Founded Non-Profits receiving the cash awards.

 

All federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of each Prize Recipient and their Founded Non-Profits..

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 aarp.org/privacypolicy . Sponsor will not share the nominators’ name or contact information with any nominee or with the general public unless required by law.

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 12/31/20, to AARP Purpose Prize Winners’ List, A10-125c, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049. 

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

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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.