Questions about Encore.org and
the encore movement

What, briefly, does Encore.org do?

Encore.org innovates new ideas and models to leverage the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world. We also are the hub for a growing group of leaders advancing the encore movement.

Our current portfolio:

  • Generation to Generation is a five-year campaign to mobilize millions of adults 50+ to improve the prospects of children and youth.
  • Encore Fellowships match skilled, seasoned professionals with social purpose organizations in high-impact, paid transitional positions.
  • The Encore Prize supports innovations to bring experienced talent to social problems.
  • The Encore Network is a coalition of leaders and organizations committed to turning our longer lives into a valuable asset.
I'm looking for a job. Can Encore.org help?

Other than through our Encore Fellowship program, Encore.org does not work with individual job-seekers. 

Under the Resources section of this website, you’ll see a page called ‘For Encore Seekers.’  That page will suggest ideas and resources, including The Encore Career Handbook, that may be helpful in your search.

We also encourage you to connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedInOur social media channels are where those invested in the encore movement share their ideas and experiences, and often posts to jobs in the social sector. Our LinkedIn group is especially useful for those looking to move into encore careers.

A few other resources you should consider:

  • AARP Jobs and AARP Foundation’s Back to Work 50+
  • Career One Stop Centers (at your local unemployment office) – often provide support for education and retraining.
  • Your local public library (some even offer free career counseling)
What is the encore movement?

The encore movement aims to solve social problems by harnessing the experience of people in midlife and beyond. It includes the legions of people in or aspiring to transition to their encores, the people and organizations working to enable encores for others and the social purpose organizations tapping encore talent.

What is an “encore” or an “encore career”?

An “encore” or “encore career” is continued work in the second half of life that combines social impact, purpose, and often, continued income. While many people see their encore work as a “career,” others associate the career language with the “achieving” stage of life. For that reason, we talk about an encore role, work, or activity – or simply “an encore.” Use whichever language feels most comfortable to you.

An encore can be paid or volunteer, and doesn’t have to be limited to the nonprofit sector. And it’s much more about life stage than age. That said, the encore stage sits squarely in those years that used to comprise retirement. We see many people planning for their encores in their late 40s or early 50s and moving into encore work in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

How can I find out what’s going on in the encore movement in my area?

Visit the Encore Network site to learn more about Encore programs, throughout the US and globally.

Questions about Encore.org programs

What is Generation to Generation?

It’s a five-year campaign to mobilize 1 million people over 50 to show up for kids, work with communities and youth-serving organizations to scale the engagement of experienced talent, and advance the national conversation on what can be accomplished when generations come together.

This campaign was created by Encore.org with support from partner organizations and foundation funding. To get involved, visit www.iamGen2Gen.org.

How can I get information about hosting or becoming an Encore Fellow?

All information about Encore Fellowships, including how to apply to become or host an Encore Fellow, can be found here.

How can I nominate someone (or myself) for the Purpose Prize?

Encore.org no longer operates The Purpose Prize. For more information, please see this page on AARP’s site.

What is the Encore Network and how can I, or my organization, get involved?

Encore Network leaders and organizations work in one of three areas: helping social purpose organizations use encore talent, helping encore seekers discover what’s next and strengthening communities by engaging encore talent.  If you or your organization does that kind of work, and you’re interested in collaborating with others to build the encore movement, you should consider joining. Visit the Encore Network site for more information.

Questions about our website and mailing list

How can I unsubscribe from the Encore.org mailing list?

There should be an “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each message you receive from us.  Click on that button to remove yourself from our mailing list.

Who should I contact for media inquiries?

For media inquiries, email Marci Alboher, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Encore.org at [email protected].

Is Encore.org hiring?

Open positions at Encore.org can be found here.

How can I update my email address on your mailing list?

Please send your request to [email protected].

I’m interested in finding encore talent for a job in my organization. Does Encore.org post job listings?

Encore.org does not list jobs for organizations or individuals. We encourage individuals and organizations seeking encore talent to share listings and encore opportunities in our Encore.org LinkedIn group. The nearly 5,000 members of that group include many encore-seekers and many people who are working in social purpose organizations that are interested in encore talent.