“Because of our Encore Fellow, we have come further towards disaster preparedness/business continuity in the past year than since I started 7 years ago.” Cindy Roach, Executive Director, Sonoma Humane Society
Encore Fellows bring years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and skills to contribute to their work host. They are eager to learn about the important work you do, and their goal is to advance your organization’s capacity to deliver on your mission. Work hosts are typically nonprofits, public agencies and other social purpose organizations. Work hosts select an Encore Fellow that fits their needs through our matching process. Read more about How Work Hosts Benefit.
How Do Hosts Benefit from Encore Fellows?
“It was really great having a different perspective. Many of us only have worked in nonprofits, and it was really helpful to think about things in a different way.” Teresa Fieth, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Pacific Crest Trail Association Read the Story
Listen to Tracey Gustafson and her work host Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Massachusetts, talk about her Encore Fellowship.
“Encore Fellows bring a certain discipline, a certain rigor, to looking at problems and solving them. Having these Encore Fellows who can help lead a project can be the key to whether it’s successful or not.” Gil Munoz, CEO, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Oregon
Work Hosts gain many benefits from an Encore Fellow:
- Flexible source of experienced talent to benefit your mission
- Professional skills and expertise matched to your needs
- A time-limited, flexible work arrangement
- Life experience, humility and eagerness to contribute in a hands-on role
- Affordability and value, a fraction of the equivalent market value of the work performed
Impact: Encore Fellow Results
- Valuable Contributions: 95% of all work hosts surveyed said that Encore Fellows contributed valuable ideas, tools and expertise (2009, 2014, 2015 Encore Fellowships Program Completion Survey)
- Impact and scale. More than 90 percent of work hosts report that Encore Fellows helped to scale up their organization’s activity and helped develop new service partners, according to Encore.org’s 2015 study
- New Talent Sources: Work hosts who said they were “unlikely” to hire encore talent from outside the sector dropped from 28% at the beginning of the fellowship to 6% following the fellowship. (based on 2009-2013 Encore Fellowship Program Completion Surveys of over 120 Work Hosts)
- The Encore Fellowships Network was featured in a 2013 “What Works” case study in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
“Using her wealth of clinical experience and our data, Elisa created a program to increase cancer screening rates almost 50%. We couldn’t have accomplished that without her.” Jean Polster, President and CEO, Neighborhood Family Practice, Cleveland, Ohio Read the story.
How It Works:
- A low-risk, high return option to add to your portfolio of talent and benefit your organizational mission.
- The typical cost of a Fellow, $30,000, is a fraction of the market value of the work performed.
- You select a Fellow from candidates through a matching process
- Fellowship assignments last 1,000 hours over six to 12 months. Many host organizations have found ways to retain their fellows for further work or have hired their fellows outright. Other fellows continue as volunteers or Board members.
” Encore Fellows helped me test and shape new roles I believed I needed in the organization.” Marie Bernard, Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services, Sunnyvale, California Read the Story
Listen to Encore Fellows and work hosts from Encore Fellowship Network program operator, SVP Portland.
If you are interested in hosting a Fellow in your organization, please refer to the Program Directory to apply through one of our regional programs.
“I did not know that allowing an Encore Fellow into our organization was going to have the benefits it did, enriching the lives of staff and clients, reaching into every area of our business, and changing how we do things today and from here on out.” Holly Noble, Program Director, Peace of Joe, Inc. Hillsboro, Oregon
“Renee’s work on the capital project will last 75 years. How’s that for impact?” Mark Young, CEO, Friends of the Children, Oregon