The Be Kind People Project is awarded the Piper Trust Encore Prize. View our video here.

The Be Kind People Project is awarded The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Encore Award!

“Our 2016 Encore Prize awardees model the power of engaging experienced, older adults—encore adults as we call them—in meaningful work that taps their skills and benefits society. Nonprofits can become stronger and more resilient with encore talent at their sides, and encore adults thrive, which can have positive impacts on their health and well-being,” said Piper Trust President and CEO Susan Pepin, MD, MPH.

In the Phoenix metropolitan area, there are more than 1 million baby boomers, aka, encore adults, who are not retiring in traditional ways, or at all. Piper Trust established Encore Prizes for Exceptional Organizations in 2012 to recognize and celebrate nonprofits and public agencies with strong encore engagement practices, and to inspire more organizations to avail themselves of the talent, expertise, maturity, and vision of older adults. Encore Prizes complement the work of Phoenix-based Experience Matters; through programs designed for mutually successful encore integration, Experience Matters’ mission is to connect the skills, talents, and passions of older adults with the needs of nonprofits.

Piper Trust Encore Prizes for Exceptional Organizations are awarded every two years through a competitive selection process. A selection committee comprised of local and national members, reviews applications/nominations seeking those with encore engagement practices that exemplify intent, impact, social purpose, creativity, and replicability. Final awardee decisions are made by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Board of Trustees.

For complete information about Piper Trust Encore Prizes and to view video stories of all awardees (2012-2016), please visit