The organisation is constantly launching programmes to develop ideas from people over 50 and integrate them into organisations where they can achieve greater scale. Its flagship initiative, Encore Fellowships, is a post-career programme that creates a new pathway to connect participants with opportunities that benefit society. Fellows, often retired corporate professionals, are placed in non-profits or local government agencies to engage in meaningful work, earn a stipend and contribute to solving important social problems. For individuals, these fellowships are stepping-stones to a new chapter of their careers. For the host organisations, they are a new source of talent.
World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2014). Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2010).
- Over 1,500 people placed in fellowships.
- 1,500,000 hours of talent delivered to host organisations.
- Over 97% of positive overall satisfaction ratings among fellows and hosts.
- Four in five fellows positively affected different measures of community impact, increasing community resilience.
- Hosts who said they were “unlikely” to hire Encore talent from outside the sector at the beginning of the fellowship dropped from 28% to 6% after the programme.
Local programme operators, who manage programmes in local communities, receive applications from both potential fellows and host organisations, and match capabilities with needs. Through a process of interviews, a mutual agreement is reached. Fellows receive a stipend, ranging from 15,000 US$ to 25,000 US$, for a 1,000-hour fellowship. The programme operator conducts ongoing monitoring, coaching and a cohort experience for fellows throughout the year. Encore.org also delivers the following programmes: - Purpose Prize Awards. Annual awards to people over 60 who have had the greatest social impact, to inspire others to follow a similar path. There is also an award for companies that get the most from a multigenerational workforce. - Experience Corps. Programmes to convert elderly professors into reinforcement teachers in primary education. - EncoreU. Promotes educational pathways for elderly people involving universities, companies and organisations.