Boston Education Nonprofit Founder Bob Hildreth Named a 2012 Purpose Prize Fellow

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The Purpose Prize honors Americans 60 and older for changing lives in new and creative ways has announced that Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) founder and executive director Bob Hildreth, from Boston, Mass., is a 2012 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life.

Hildreth was named a fellow because of his work launching the nonprofit FUEL, which provides education, resources, connections and financial incentives to low-income families to help them get their children to college. Hildreth is also a thought leader in the education space, and recently spoke about the threat of student loans at the TEDxNewEngland “Reimagining America” forum.

“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s
steepest challenges,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”

The Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic
Philanthropies. The Prize is awarded by (the new name for Civic Ventures), a nonprofit that promotes encore careers – work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good.

“Both of my parents were public school teachers and I grew up valuing education, so it means a tremendous amount to me to support the education of low-income students later in my life,” said Hildreth. “With the right tools in hand, low-income and immigrant parents can propel their children toward college and a brighter future.”

A panel of 23 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – chose the five winners from a pool of more than 800 nominees. This year’s 35 fellows are finalists for The Prize. An awards ceremony will be held in February in San Francisco.

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About ( is a nonprofit organization building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue “encore careers” – second acts for the greater good. The Purpose Prize, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, is a program of

About Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL)
Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) is a nonprofit organization that provides financial incentives and educational resources to low-income families for their children’s college education. FUEL was founded by Robert Hildreth, a banker and social entrepreneur, in January 2009. FUEL is currently running successfully in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts. The program is set to launch at other sites in 2012-2013. More information is available at

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