For decades, policies and practices have segregated younger and older people, resulting in a cascade of problems — from ageism to loneliness to splintered movements for social change.
Encore.org sees another path — a growing movement of younger and older changemakers working together to solve critical problems and bridge divides, creating a society that works for all generations.
Encore.org was founded on the belief that the aging of America isn’t so much a problem to be solved as it is an opportunity to be seized. For 20 years, we’ve worked to change cultural expectations for the years beyond 50 and spark a movement around second acts for the greater good. In our own second act, we bring older and younger changemakers together to solve problems, bridge divides, and co-create the future.
We work to change the culture by elevating new ideas and diverse voices on the power of connection and collaboration across generational divides. We accelerate innovation by offering a variety of fellowships that empower people bringing generations together to solve society’s greatest problems, increase capacity in the social sector, and create new models for the multigenerational workforce. And we leverage leaders, organizations and networks to build a movement making intergenerational connection and collaboration the norm.
Current programs include:
- The Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship supports the work of people of all ages with ambitious initiatives to bridge generational divides.
- Co-generate! Livestream is our annual ideas festival for younger and older people eager to work together for a better future.
- The Encore Public Voices Fellowship supports thought leaders working at the intersection of aging, intergenerational connection and social justice.
- The Encore Fellowships program matches skilled, seasoned professionals with social sector organizations in high impact, paid leadership engagements.
- The Encore Physicians program places retired physicians in paid, clinical roles in health centers that deliver care to underserved populations.
- The Encore Intergenerational Vaccine Corps works to help vaccinate low-income residents in Bay Area health centers.
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We are innovators, looking to spark broad, societal change. Over the years, we’ve created several programs, refined and demonstrated their effectiveness, then spun them off to new homes with the institutional capacity and commitment to take them to scale.
- The Purpose Prize — now the AARP Purpose Prize — identifies and invests in social innovators doing their most important work in the years beyond midlife.
- Experience Corps — now AARP Experience Corps — mobilizes people 50+ to help young children in 22 cities learn to read and succeed.
- The Encore Network — now an independent, nonprofit coalition of leaders — champions the civic, social, and economic contributions of people 50+ by creating community, stimulating learning, and inspiring action.
- Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) — now a part of our central intergenerational focus — was Encore.org’s five-year national campaign to engage 1 million older adults in the lives of young people.
Encore.org is funded by a combination of foundation support and individual donations. Read more about our major funders.
A full list of audited financials and other financial information is available here.