“Because of our Encore Fellow, we have come further towards disaster preparedness/business continuity in the past year than since I started 7 years ago.” Cindy Roach, Executive Director, Sonoma Humane Society
Encore Fellows bring years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and skills to contribute to their Work Host. They are eager to learn about the important work you do, and their goal is to advance your organization’s capacity to deliver on your mission. Work Hosts are typically nonprofits, public agencies and other social purpose organizations.
Work Hosts gain many benefits from an Encore Fellow
- Flexible source of talent to benefit your mission
- Professional skills and expertise matched with a specific project assignment,
- A time-limited, flexible work arrangement,
- Life experience, humility and eagerness to contribute in a hands-on role,
- Affordability and value, a fraction of the equivalent market value of the work performed.
“Encore Fellows bring a certain discipline, a certain rigor, to looking at problems and solving them. Having these Encore Fellows who can help lead a project can be the key to whether it’s successful or not.” Gil Munoz, CEO, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Oregon
How It Works:
- A low-risk, high return option to add to your portfolio of talent and benefit your organizational mission.
- The typical cost of a Fellow, $30,000, is a fraction of the market value of the work performed.
- Fellowship assignments last 1,000 hours over six to 12 months. Many host organizations have found ways to retain their fellows for further work or have hired their fellows outright. Other fellows continue as volunteers or Board members.
If you are interested in hosting a Fellow in your organization, please refer to the Program Directory page to apply through one of our regional programs.
“I did not know that allowing an Encore Fellow into our organization was going to have the benefits it did, enriching the lives of staff and clients, reaching into every area of our business, and changing how we do things today and from here on out.” Holly Noble, Program Director, Peace of Joe, Inc. Hillsboro, Oregon
Impact: Encore Fellow Results
- Valuable Contributions: 95% of all work hosts surveyed said that Encore Fellows contributed valuable ideas, tools and expertise (2019, 2014, 2015 Encore Fellowships Program Completion Survey)
- Impact and scale. More than 90 percent of work hosts report that Encore Fellows helped to scale up their organization’s activity and helped develop new service partners, according to Encore.org’s 2015 study
- New Talent Sources: Work hosts who said they were “unlikely” to hire encore talent from outside the sector dropped from 28% at the beginning of the fellowship to 6% following the fellowship. (based on 2009-2013 Encore Fellowship Program Completion Surveys of over 120 Work Hosts)
- The Encore Fellowships Network was featured in a 2013 “What Works” case study in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.