Research and Publications

Tapping Encore Talent

This 2008 survey of nonprofit employers, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and (formerly Civic Ventures), found that seven out of 10 nonprofit employers rated the experience that encore workers bring to the job as a significant benefit. DOWNLOAD THE...

Get Started Guide (Looking for an Encore Career? The Guide to Finding Work That Matters)

The Get Started Guide offers expert advice, tips and success stories about how to pursue encore careers in education, health care, government and the environment.

Boomers and National Service: Learning From the Success of Youth Service

The grassroots youth service movement of the 1980s, recognized by a federal commission on national service, offers lessons for a commission focused on service by boomers.

Are You Experienced? How Boomers Can Help Our Government Meet Its Talent Needs

As millions of boomers retire, the federal government will be especially hard hit. One solution: Look toward other retiring boomers.

Boomers Are Ready for Nonprofits, But Are Nonprofits Ready for Them?

This Conference Board report, sponsored by, focuses on the impact boomer retirements will have on the stability, growth and potential of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits that understand the needs and value of experienced employees will be more successful in...

2007 BreakThrough Award: Showcasing Organizations That Tap the Passion and Experience of People Over 50 to Improve Society

This report profiles the winners of the 2007 BreakThrough Award, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and, which recognizes nonprofit and public sector organizations providing meaningful public interest jobs for people over 50. (In 2009, the award became known...

Troops to Teachers: A Model Pathway to a Second Tour of Duty

This federal program helps experienced military veterans become teachers and role models in challenged schools

New Face of Work Survey

The results of this 2005 survey, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, show that people in their 50s and 60s want to do work that helps others. These individuals want careers that are about...

The New Face of Retirement

The findings of this 2002 survey, conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, show that 9/11 appeared to have a galvanizing effect on the retirement plans of Americans ages 50 to 75. Forty percent of people in that age group reported feeling more likely to...

Recasting Retirement: New Perspectives on Aging and Civic Engagement

If we can motivate experienced Americans to apply a portion of their newfound time and accumulated experience toward public service, the result would be a windfall for American civic life as this 2002 research found.

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