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Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Accepting Nominations for 2015 Piper Trust Encore Career Prize

May 5, 2015

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Accepting Nominations for 2015 Piper Trust Encore Career Prize
$50,000 Award for an Exceptional, Inspiring Leader Applying Experience to Improve Social Good

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Piper Trust Encore Career Prize for an Exceptional Individual. The Trust will award one individual, who is age 50 or older and considered an encore role model, a $50,000 Prize in recognition of significant, innovative work that combines personal meaning with social impact.

“Piper Trust is eager to launch its second offering of the Encore Career Prize. Mike McQuaid, our inaugural awardee in 2013, set the standard as an exceptional encore role model—Mike’s inspirational service to our community helps further advance the momentum of the Maricopa County’s encore movement,” said Susan M. Pepin, M.D., president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Mike McQuaid, board president of the Human Services Campus in Phoenix, was awarded the first Piper Trust Encore Career Prize in fall of 2013. McQuaid was recognized as an encore career role model for applying decades of his experience as a commercial real estate developer to building the Human Services Campus. The Human Services Campus is the first of its kind in the nation and a national model that works to achieve a sustainable end to homelessness.

Piper Trust is now seeking nominations for its 2015 Encore Career Prize. Candidates are people, age 50+, leading significant social purpose efforts in Maricopa County in their encore careers. One $50,000 Prize will be awarded in recognition of an exceptional encore role model. Nominations are due June 15, 2015.

As it relates to the Piper Trust Encore Career Prize, social purpose work combines the experience of a person, age 50+, with a social cause that he/she is passionate about—a meaningful issue that someone applies years of experience and talent to, and through this work a significant difference in the well-being of people and communities is achieved.

While approximately 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day, an age often associated with retirement, many are not retiring in traditional ways, or at all. There are more than 1 million people in Maricopa County age 50+. Piper Trust recognizes that this highly talented human resource pool can help solve social problems by applying experience and innovation to meaningful work which strengthens quality of life in our community.

To nominate someone for the Piper Trust Encore Career Prize, visit for more information, including an extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Nominations are due June 15, 2015 through the online portal. The Piper Trust Encore Career Prize awardee will be selected by mid-September 2015 and celebrated at a special public event in November 2015.

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust:

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $338 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. For more information, visit View Piper Trust’s FY14 Annual Report at:

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Karen Leland, 480-556-7125 /
Director, Communications and External Relations
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
1202 East Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85014