The 2017 Social Innovation Prize

MILWAUKEE (July 13, 2017)—Interfaith Older Adult Programs is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin. This $10,000 prize honors adults over the age of 50 who are defying expectations by channeling creativity and talent to address critical social and economic problems at the local, regional or national level.

“The Social Innovation Prize helps Interfaith showcase and honor the talented seniors who are working so hard to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Felice Green, PR/Marketing Director for Interfaith. “Each year, the nominees impress us, encourage us and inspire us.”

Last year’s winner was Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, 84, who is using the $10,000 award to continue his work to end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities in Wisconsin. Learn more about the Social Innovation Prize and past winners at

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted online at by Sept. 5. Past nominees and self-nominations are also welcome. Nominees must be:

  • Age 50 or better by July 1, 2017
  • A Wisconsin resident
  • Working on an innovative idea and/or addressing a major social issue to change our communities for the better

We encourage nominations from innovators at any level, whether they need help getting an idea off the ground, or are looking to expand on their achievements.

After the deadline, a selection committee will evaluate all nominations and identify those candidates who most closely meet the criteria for the Social Innovation Prize. The winner and prize fellows will be announced in September.

The Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin honors the creative vision and committed service of the late Fred Lindner and those that follow in his footsteps. Lindner’s extensive work on behalf of older adults, his lifelong commitment to justice and fairness, and his innumerable contributions to the aging network — both locally and statewide — is the inspiration that has motivated the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, the Social Innovation Prize Planning Committee, and the Fred Lindner family to offer this prize.


About Interfaith Older Adult Programs

Since 1975, Interfaith responds to the current physical and social challenges of aging by providing innovative programs, successful solutions, and the often much needed extra helping hand. Learn more at