The Encore Fellowships program was successfully launched in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Civic Ventures. Recognizing that the need for talent to address critical issues transcends geographic boundaries, the expansion of the program is now under way in Maricopa County.
Encore Fellows are successful, highly-skilled, experienced professionals transitioning from their midlife careers in the for-profit sector looking to make a significant impact in nonprofit organizations. The fellow typically earns a stipend and works for 12 months, half time in an embedded role; although the schedule is flexible and established based on a mutual agreement between the fellow and work host.
While earning a stipend, Encore Fellows provide a high value-to-cost ratio for work hosts by bringing experienced, affordable talent to a specific assignment matched to the fellow’s skills and interests. Their deep and broad skills can be deployed in many ways and typically has lasting impact. Many become role models for other staff members and evolve into executive coaches and mentors within the organization. Their background and years of experience bring analytical thinking and maturity that strengthen their work host’s ability to reach a new level of performance.
The Encore Fellowships Program in Maricopa County is sponsored by: the Arizona Community Foundation, BHHS Legacy Foundation, the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, the Lodestar Foundation, PetSmart Charities and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
Interested in learning more about becoming an Encore Fellow? Please watch these videos below.