The 2016 Social Innovation Prize

MILWAUKEE (July 28, 2016)—Interfaith Older Adult Programs is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin. The $10,000 award honors adults over the age of 60 who are defying expectations by channeling creativity and talent to address critical social problems at the local, regional or national level.

“Through the Social Innovation Prize, Interfaith can showcase talented and inspiring older adults who are working hard to make a positive impact in their communities,” said Felice Green, PR/Marketing Director for Interfaith. “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.”

Last year’s winners were a duo of innovators, Susan McFadden, Ph.D., and Rev. John McFadden, M.Div. They are co-originators of the state’s leading dementia friendly/capable community, The Fox Valley Memory Project, which educates and creates more open communication about dementia.

Learn more about the Social Innovation Prize and past winners at

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted online at by Sept. 6. Past nominees and self-nominations are also welcome. Nominees must be:

  • Age 60 or better by July 1, 2016
  • A Wisconsin resident
  • Working on an innovative idea and/or addressing a major social issue to change our communities for the better

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