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Could your social sector organization benefit
from experienced, skilled talent?

Encore Fellows can help you build capacity, add leadership and increase impact.

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How your Organization can Engage Encore Fellows

We match social purpose organizations with experienced professionals in high-impact, paid engagements to meet short- or long-term needs. Build your capacity by filling interim positions or testing new leadership roles, or add talent for strategic, capacity building projects. Many hosts hire their Encore Fellows to stay in leadership positions after their Fellowship.

As a host organization, you will:

  • Gain access to a pipeline of seasoned professionals with expertise in areas such as marketing, communications, strategic planning, IT, HR, finance, legal and risk management.
  • Identify a budget  (stipends are typically $15,000-$25,000 plus a program fee, depending on geographical location)
  • Identify a high-impact, capacity building need. Test a new leadership position, fill an interim role or start a strategic project such as developing a new strategic plan, launching a new program, exploring new funding sources, or improving IT systems.
  • Select a Fellow and develop a scope of work to meet your identified need.
  • Integrate the Fellow into your organization, providing an introduction to social-purpose work.
  • Reap the benefits of a well-tested national Fellows matching model and rigorous screening.

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How your Organization can Engage Encore Fellows

We match social purpose organizations with experienced professionals in high-impact, paid engagements to meet short- or long-term needs. Build your capacity by filling interim positions or testing new leadership roles, or add talent for strategic, capacity building projects. Many hosts hire their Encore Fellows to stay in leadership positions after their Fellowship.

As a host organization, you will:

  • Gain access to a pipeline of seasoned professionals with expertise in areas such as marketing, communications, strategic planning, IT, HR, finance, legal and risk management.
  • Identify a high-impact, capacity building need. Test a new leadership position, fill an interim role or start a strategic project such as developing a new strategic plan, launching a new program, exploring new funding sources, or improving IT systems.
  • Select a Fellow and develop a scope of work to meet your identified need.
  • Integrate the Fellow into your organization, providing an introduction to social-purpose work.
  • Reap the benefits of a well-tested national Fellows matching model and rigorous screening.

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“We had Mike work on two capacity building projects for us. He identified new possibilities and ideas for our services.”

 — Kathryn Miles, Executive Director, Jewish Family and Children’s Service

 

“Ken helped raise more than $7 million for a new Rockwood campus for the club. In terms of just the complexity of this project, the financing of it, the legalities of it, Ken traversed it in a way that I couldn’t have. I would have had to pay a lot of money to have that expertise come in.”

 — Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Portland

“Three Encore Fellows have all contributed to [our] capacity to deliver and then to the solidity of our model in different ways. . . . Taken together, [they] have had a lasting and important impact on the organization’s ability to deliver services to their constituents.”

— CEO, Green City Force

“It wasn’t until the Encore Fellowship that the STEM program began to see significant growth….his work had an immediate impact on over 200 students, resulted in technical training for a dozen staff members, and provided support for over 100 families.”

— Jahi Awakoaiye, Director of School, Ile Omode School

“Our Encore Fellows created 15 chapters and a chapter structure.”

— Shannon Malloy, Director of Development and Operations, Cure JM.

"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, changing how we do things today and from here on out."

— Holly Noble, Peace of Joe

How Hosts Benefit

  • Experienced Talent: Fellows bring decades of private sector experience and leadership skills, maturity, flexibility and motivation. The Fellowship provides hosts a way to test for skills and cultural fit and many hosts continue to employ their Encore Fellow in leadership positions after the Fellowship ends.
  • Flexibility: Some hosts may not know exactly whether they need a short term consultative project or whether the role is a continued need. Encore Fellows provide a chance to test and shape a role. Hosts find that the year-long Encore Fellowship allows them to determine what skills and roles they may need and if the role is one needed permanently.
  • Diverse backgrounds and perspectives: Fellows come from a range of industry backgrounds and specialties.
  • Exponential return on investment: Fellows are rigorously matched to undertake engagements that have sustained impact beyond the Fellowship.
  • Cost savings: Fellows provide expertise at a fraction of the cost of a professional consultant. For 1,000 hours of service, Fellow stipends are typically $15,000 to $25,000, plus a program fee, depending on the local labor market.

 

97% of hosts say their Fellow impacted a critical area of operations while 89% of hosts say that the impact of their Encore Fellow will last far beyond the Fellowship.

How Hosts Benefit

  • Experienced Talent: Fellows bring decades of private sector experience and leadership skills, maturity, flexibility and motivation. The Fellowship provides hosts a way to test for skills and cultural fit and many hosts continue to employ their Encore Fellow in leadership positions after the Fellowship ends.
  • Flexibility: Some hosts may not know exactly whether they need a short term consultative project or whether the role is a continued need. Encore Fellows provide a chance to test and shape a role. Hosts find that the year-long Encore Fellowship allows them to determine what skills and roles they may need and if the role is one needed permanently.
  • Diverse backgrounds and perspectives: Fellows come from a range of industry backgrounds and specialties.
  • Exponential return on investment: Fellows are rigorously matched to undertake engagements that have sustained impact beyond the Fellowship.
  • Cost savings: Fellows provide expertise at a fraction of the cost of a professional consultant. For 1,000 hours of service, Fellow stipends are typically $15,000 to $25,000, plus a program fee, depending on the local labor market.

97% of hosts say their Fellow impacted a critical area of operations while 89% of hosts say their Encore Fellows impact will last far beyond the end of the fellowship.

MARCI ALBOHER
Encore.org Vice President for Strategic Communications, and Author of the Encore Career Handbook

Hear from Marci about how your organization could benefit from Encore Fellows.

Hosts Give Fellows High Marks

In the 2015 Encore Fellowships Program Completion Survey, host organizations reported significant results and high levels of satisfaction in their work with Fellows. Here’s what they said:

Program Scaling

  • Helped or had the potential to help scale up the organization’s mission-related activities 93% 93%

Partner growth

  • Helped host organizations develop new service partners 92% 92%

Visibility and positioning

  • Implemented ways to improve the organization’s visibility, position with funders or position in the community 83% 83%

Measuring program performance

  • Developed metrics or modes of analysis that improved mission performance 82% 82%

Hear from Host Organizations

DEREK MITCHELL

CEO, Partners in
School Innovation,
San Francisco

Portland, Oregon host organizations and Encore Fellows share their stories

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