Encore - Frequently Asked Questions

+ What are Encore Fellowships?

Encore Fellowships are designed to deliver new sources of talent to the task of solving social problems by harnessing the experience of people in midlife and beyond. These paid, time-limited assignments place highly-skilled, experienced professionals transitioning from their primary careers into social purpose organizations to address social issues such as poverty, human rights, health, education, social justice or protecting the environment. During the fellowship period (typically 6-12 months, half to full-time), the fellows take on roles that bring significant, sustained impact to their host organizations. While they are working, the fellows earn a stipend, learn about social purpose work, and develop a new network of contacts and resources for the future.

+ Why is a social innovation like Encore Fellowships needed?

Bringing together the talent pool of senior-level professionals with the growing nonprofit sector in need of increased capacity makes good sense. Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures), a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose, saw the need for new pathways that connect nonprofits with the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world.

While Encore Fellowships directly address that need, the program is not limited to professionals from the corporate sector.

For more information about Encore.org and the encore movement click here.