Working locally to advance the encore stage of life
As 78 million baby boomers ask “what’s next?” Encore Network organizations offer innovative ways to help them chart this new stage of life and work.


The Encore Network is a coalition of organizations that provide new ways to connect, work, learn and contribute in the second half of life.


Members share information, best practices and resources. The network provides an opportunity for joint problem solving, collaboration, and mutually beneficial projects. Learn more >


Hear from leaders who are working at the community level to create organizations and programs that advance the encore stage of life.

Dick Goldberg, national director of Coming of Age, says people over 50 looking for meaningful encore careers represent an incredible resource to nonprofits. Watch video >

David Garvey, director of Encore!Hartford, talks about how his program is lowering unemployment among people over 50 while strengthening nonprofits in Connecticut. Watch video >

Nora Hannah, chief consortium officer at Experience Matters, describes how the organization helps boomers in the Phoenix area find encore careers with nonprofit employers in need of their talent. Watch video >

Betsy Werley, former executive director of The Transition Network, talks about the millions of women over 50 who are exploring what’s next in their personal and professional lives. For many, that exploration leads to an encore career. Watch video >


Aspiranet EncoreConnect creates encore fellowships, jobs and service pathways in a multi-faceted organization that improves the lives of children and families in California. Contact > (formerly Civic Ventures) is a national nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. Contact >

Coming of Age is a Philadelphia-based national initiative that works with nonprofits and individuals to celebrate the ability of all people age 50+ to grow, transform their communities, and become a force for public good.  Local sites include  Philadelphia, Austin Metro, Central Pennsylvania, Delaware State, Greater Cincinnati, Kansas City Metro, New York City, and San Francisco Bay Area. Contact >

Discovering What's Next is dedicated to inspiring a new way of thinking about life and work after 50. We facilitate personal discovery, learning and growth through thought-provoking conversation, access to resources and dynamic programming in greater Boston. Contact >

Encore!Hartford  provides workforce preparedness for seasoned corporate and public service professionals want to transition to nonprofit jobs in Connecticut. Contact >

Experience Matters connects passionate, experienced adults to organizations that need their time, talent and experience throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Contact >

Life by Design NW provides people 50+ with programs, services and resources designed to address their needs and leverage their talent for greater Portland. Contact >

Life Planning Network is a national community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life. Contact >

Next Chapter Kansas City, Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas is a community collaborative developing opportunities for persons  50+ who are exploring meaningful options for work, service, and learning in the next chapter of life. Shepherd’s Center KCK is the lead agency. Contact >

Project Renewment is a book, forum and movement for women 55+ to create a future of meaning, growth and contribution in southern California, the mid-west and east coast.Contact >

SHiFT is network that supports people in mid-life transitions who seek greater meaning in life and work throughout Minneapolis and St Paul. Contact >

Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Boomers is a California- based initiative that builds public library capacity to better serve and engage people 50+ across the U.S.. Contact >

The Transition Network creates communities of professional women fifty and forward to support their life and work transitions through chapters in Atlanta, Boulder, Central Ohio, Chicago, Connecticut, Houston, Long Island, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Fe and Washington DC. Contact >

Vital Aging Network promotes self-determination, civic engagement, personal growth and adult leadership in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and other communities in Minnesota. Contact >