$5,000 contest for people 50+ to launch a project for social good

Dear Alexandra,

I don’t often get to write about movies, as much as I love them.

But today I’m writing to let you know about a beautiful re-coming-of-age movie, starring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkerson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, along with Dev Patel, the young star of “Slumdog Millionaire.”

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” is about adventure, love and purpose in the encore years. If you love to laugh and travel — and are wondering what’s next in your life — you’re in for a treat.

And you could be in for a prize, too…if you enter the Marigold Ideas for Good Contest.


The contest is for people over 50 who have great ideas for doing something to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Each month for the next six months, Participant Media — with help from the voting public and Encore.org — will select five winners. Each will win a $5,000 grant; one will win the money plus the trip of a lifetime from Road Scholar.

So if you’ve got an idea about how you can make the world a better place for future generations, I hope you’ll enter today.


Spread the word. There’s no time like the present to start thinking about what you’d like to do for an encore!

All best,


Marc Freedman
Founder & CEO, Civic Ventures / Encore.org