Matching skilled, seasoned professionals with social sector organizations in high impact, paid leadership engagements.
Virtual and in-person Encore Fellowships are available.
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
Social impact sector organizations with identified need for capacity building, cost-effective talent and available budget
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 25 metropolitan areas in the U.S.
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. Fellows outside Encore Fellowship geographical programs may apply to our National Program to be considered for remote opportunities.
An application is the first step in the process of becoming a host organization. There is no commitment made by applying. Host organizations will need to identify a budget to pay your Fellow (typically $15-$25,000 for 1000 hours plus a program fee of $6500-$10,000, depending on geography) and a high-impact, capacity building position. Once you submit your application, you will receive an email with a link to submit your position. You will then be contacted for further information.
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 8 states and 25 metropolitan areas, as well as the U.K. Sponsored programs operate in partnership with corporations, foundations and others. Our National Program allows potential hosts outside our regional programs to host Fellows remotely and potential Fellows outside our regional programs to apply for remote positions.
What Type of Social Impact Organizations Utilize Encore Fellows?
Social impact organizations of all types have hosted Encore Fellows including government agencies, health-care organizations and medical centers, schools, youth-oriented, environmental, food security, aging-oriented and social service organizations.
“Encore Fellowships are a bold and timely idea that wows us . . . the kind of innovative thinking that can transform lives and change our world.”
Bringing Generations Together
Robin Nasatir was matched with Community Living Campaign, a San Francisco-based organization that reduces social isolation and loneliness among older adults and people with disabilities. In this video, Robin shares an unexpected benefit of being an Encore Fellow.
Corporate Experience in the Nonprofit World
SaverLife, an organization that makes saving money easier and more rewarding, has hosted 5 Encore Fellows over the past few years, and 3 of them have been hired by the organization after their fellowship ended. This includes Homer Wong, who is now the organization’s Chief People Officer.
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