Matching skilled, seasoned professionals with social sector organizations in high impact, paid leadership engagements.
How Encore Fellowships Work
The Encore Fellowships program achieves impact with a proven formula that connects the interests and know-how of four key players:
Experienced, skilled professionals interested in transitioning to a second act in the social sector in high impact, paid engagements
Encore Fellows Get Results
Since 2009, thousands of Encore Fellows have provided over 2 million hours of service, at a fraction of their market value, contributing the equivalent of more than $200 million to not-for-profit organizations in over 50 metropolitan areas.
How the Fellowship Match Process Works
By applying through our Program Directory, candidates express their interest in becoming an Encore Fellow. There is no commitment made by completing an application; it is the first step in the process. Candidates apply to be a member of the Encore Fellowship program in their geographical area, rather than to specific openings.
When there is a potential match, applicants are contacted for further discussion of openings, and their interest and skills. The work host and fellow interview each other to determine a mutual fit. Finding the right match can take several months or more. Fellowships are for 1000 hours and Fellows receive a stipend of $15,000-25,000 depending on geographical area. The number of Encore Fellows each year varies by geographical area, depending on the number of organizations interested in hosting a Fellow.
There are regional programs in 7 states and 23 metropolitan areas.
Sponsored programs operate in partnership with corporations, foundations and others.
What Type of Social Impact Organizations Utilize Encore Fellows?
Social impact organizations of all types have hosted Encore Fellows from government agencies to health- care research organizations and medical centers to schools, youth oriented, environmental, food security, aging-oriented and social service organizations.
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Ken Harris helped raise more than $7 million for a new Boys and Girls Club campus in Portland, Oregon. Elisa Ross used data to improve cancer screening rates by 50 percent for patients of Neighborhood Family Practice, a group of community health centers in Cleveland....
Before 3-year-old Fernanda was old enough to go to a local Head Start program, she and Amelia Morales Vargas, 64, used to spend a lot of time together. They sang about the wheels on the bus. They made crafts using popsicle sticks and glue. They explored local...
Russell Abbott spent most of his career on Wall Street working in hedge fund management. About two years ago at the age of 65, he transitioned to working for a non-profit based in Brooklyn, New York called Extreme Kids and Crew. The organization is a community...
Linda Lazor worked for more than 30 years in the tech industry. In 2014, she became an Encore Fellow at Partners in School Innovation. At the end of her fellowship, she accepted an offer to work there full time. In 2018, she became CEO of the Silicon Valley Social...
Looking for great opportunities to kickstart your encore? Three fantastic organizations have openings that could be perfect for experienced people looking for a new challenge in the not-for-profit world. Want to work in city hall? Cities of Service Seeks...
For the last 15 years of her midlife career, Francesca Vollaro was an executive in the global relocation field. She managed teams providing Fortune 500 companies with full-service global relocation programs for their employees and specialized in opening new divisions...
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