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Encore Entrepreneurs – Topline Results

Encore.org’s 2011 survey revealed a strong interest in entrepreneurship, particularly the interest of people over 50 in starting social purpose organizations. Here are the topline results from that survey.

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Building Momentum for Encore Careers

Research trendlines since 2008 show broad appeal, rising interest and diminishing worries about the coming decades among people in midlife, according to national research by Encore.org and Penn Schoen Berland.

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Meaning, Purpose, Impact Make the Difference in Encore Roles

People considering encore transitions value meaning and purpose in their current work — and in future encore roles, according to Encore.org 2014 research.

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ENCORE CAREERS: THE PERSISTENCE OF PURPOSE

Encore.org’s 2014 research shows that the encore career trend is re-emerging with new resilience as the economy recovers from the downturn. Millions of people continue to want to use their experience to address big problems in their communities, the country and the world.

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BRIDGING THE GAP: MAKING IT EASIER TO FINANCE ENCORE TRANSITIONS

Millions of people face difficulties in making the transition from their earlier work to their encore careers, according to new research from MetLife Foundation and Encore.org. New approaches and tools, though, can help people finance the transitions to their encore careers, resulting in a win for both individuals and society.

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ENCORE CAREER CHOICES IN A TOUGH ECONOMY

As many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 are in encore careers

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ENCORE ENTREPRENEURS

New research released by Encore.org and funded by MetLife Foundation shows that in a tough employment market, millions of Americans in their 40s, 50s and 60s are interested in creating jobs for themselves and others.

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2008 Encore Career Survey

The results of this 2008 survey, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org and conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, found that between 5.3 million and 8.4 million Americans ages 44 to 70, up to 9.5 percent of people in that age group, are already in encore careers.

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New Face of Work Survey

The results of this 2005 survey, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, show that people in their 50s and 60s want to do work that helps others. These individuals want careers that are about people, purpose and community.

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The New Face of Retirement

The findings of this 2002 survey, conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, show that 9/11 appeared to have a galvanizing effect on the retirement plans of Americans ages 50 to 75. Forty percent of people in that age group reported feeling more likely to volunteer as a result of the terrorist attacks.

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