ENCORE FELLOWSHIPS

2,000 FELLOWS

50+ CITIES

2 MILLION HOURS OF SERVICE

$200 MILLION IN VALUE TO NONPROFITS

The supply
After leaving their midlife careers, 30 million Americans between 44 and 70 want to transition into work that combines personal meaning, social impact and continued income. 

The demand
Many social sector organizations are struggling to access the leadership talent they need to build capacity, grow strategically, and ultimately meet their mission and goals for a larger social impact.

The innovation
Encore Fellowships match skilled, seasoned professionals with organizations in high-impact, paid engagements to meet short or long-term goals.

“Encore Fellowships are a bold and timely idea that wows us . . . the kind of innovative thinking that can transform lives and change our world.” — Fast Company

“I love coming to work… I’ve never said that before. I offered my skills, which I had taken for granted, and they were deeply appreciated.” — Phyllis Matsuura, Humane Society Silicon Valley


“I love coming to work… I’ve never said that before. I offered my skills, which I had taken for granted, and they were deeply appreciated.”
— Phyllis Matsuura, Humane Society Silicon Valley

“I had been in the trenches for so long it was hard to get my head around using my skills in a different way. The Fellowship gave me a new avenue to choose my next step.” — Fancy Bryant III, Ile Omode School


“I had been in the trenches for so long it was hard to get my head around using my skills in a different way. The Fellowship gave me a new avenue to choose my next step.”
— Fancy Bryant III, Ile Omode School

Tracey Gustafson

 

This Encore Fellow used her experience in computer engineering to help Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest with its MySTEM program. 

Now innovating in….

Healthcare

Can retired doctors in community health centers help care for underserved populations and mentor less experienced clinicians? Learn about the Encore Physicians Program, supported by Kaiser. 

Nonprofits

Can Fellows help nonprofits engage more staff and volunteers over 50? Member organizations of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities say yes.

Government

Can Encore Fellows make a difference in city hall? 12 Encore Fellows, mostly retirees from tech companies, are helping San Jose expand and launch new city programs.

Encore Fellows…

  • Provide professional experience to the social sector and launch a new career path
  • Make a difference in a short or long-term engagement
  • Contribute 1,000 hours in 6 months (full time) to 12 months (part time)
  • Receive a $15,000 – $25,000 stipend
  • 95% 95%

of  Encore Fellows report that they had positive experience as Fellows

  • 65% 65%

of Encore Fellows continue to work or consult in the social sector after their Fellowship ends

Encore Fellows…

  • Provide professional experience to the social sector and launch a new career path
  • Make a difference in a short or long-term engagement
  • Contribute 1,000 hours in 6 months (full time) to 12 months (part time)
  • Receive a $15,000 – $25,000 stipend
  • 95% 95%

of  Encore Fellows report that they had positive experience as Fellows

  • 65% 65%

of Encore Fellows continue to work or consult in the social sector after their Fellowship ends

Host Organizations…

  • Get seasoned, skilled talent at a fraction of the market cost
  • Test leadership roles, fill interim positions or gain strategic expertise for critical projects
  • Build capacity and accelerate progress toward mission fullfilment
  • Gain a valuable new perspective
  • Experience the benefits of a multigenerational team
  • 97% 97%

of hosts say their Encore Fellow had impact in a critical area of their operation

  • 95% 95%

of all hosts say that Encore Fellows contributed valuable ideas, tools and expertise

Host Organizations…

  • Get seasoned, skilled talent at a fraction of the market cost
  • Test leadership roles, fill interim positions or gain strategic expertise for critical projects
  • Build capacity and accelerate progress toward mission fullfillment
  • Gain a valuable new perspective
  • Experience the benefits of a multigenerational team
  • 97% 97%

of hosts say their Encore Fellow had impact in a critical area of their operation

  • 95% 95%

of all hosts say that Encore Fellows contributed valuable ideas, tools and expertise

“We grew by leaps and bounds and were able to double the number of kids we served this past year. Our fellow had such a positive impact we decided to keep her on in a part-time role.” — Jeffrey Chin, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest


“We grew by leaps and bounds and were able to double the number of kids we served this past year. Our fellow had such a positive impact we decided to keep her on in a part-time role.”
— Jeffrey Chin, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest

“Experiencing high-end private sector experience was the big ‘wow’ for us. He had my total buy-in.” — Tim Carpenter, Founder & CEO, EngAGE


“Experiencing high-end private sector experience was the big ‘wow’ for us. He had my total buy-in.”
— Tim Carpenter, Founder & CEO, EngAGE

Making a Difference
with Encore Fellowships

 

The Encore Fellowships program began in Silicon Valley, when Hewlett Packard worked with Encore.org to place 10 employees at nonprofit organizations in the area.

Is an Encore Fellowship right for you?

Is your organization ready for an Encore Fellow?

Investors & Sponsors

California HealthCare Foundation
David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Eisner Foundation
Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
HP
IBM
Intel Corporation

Keysight Technologies
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Petsmart Charities
Robin Hood Foundation
Qualcomm
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

California HealthCare Foundation
David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Eisner Foundation
Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
HP
IBM
Intel Corporation
Keysight Technologies
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Petsmart Charities
Robin Hood Foundation
Qualcomm
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

“We’re funding the Encore Fellows because it’s opening up a whole new set of leaders to contribute to the environment, to children and to our communities.”  — Carol Larson, CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation


“We’re funding the Encore Fellows because it’s opening up a whole new set of leaders to contribute to the environment, to children and to our communities.” 
— Carol Larson, CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Encore Fellowships leverage expertise in…

  • Program or project management
  • Organizational management
  • Team leadership
  • Operations
  • Process improvement
  • Strategy development and management
  • Office administration
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Marketing and communications
  • Partner development
  • Research and evaluation
  • Human resources
  • Sales and business development
  • Financial planning
  • Legal and risk management

Encore Fellowships leverage expertise in…

  • Program or project management
  • Organizational management
  • Team leadership
  • Operations
  • Process improvement
  • Strategy development and management
  • Office administration
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Marketing and communications
  • Partner development
  • Research and evaluation
  • Human resources
  • Sales and business development
  • Financial planning
  • Legal and risk management

“I wanted an ‘Act Two’ that was personally satisfying. I wanted to feel I was doing something worthwhile. I’ve gained a real sense of self-worth.” — Bob Crum, FIRST 5 Santa Clara

“I wanted an ‘Act Two’ that was personally satisfying. I wanted to feel I was doing something worthwhile. I’ve gained a real sense of self-worth.”
— Bob Crum, FIRST 5 Santa Clara

Have a question before you apply?

Have a question before you apply?