Fellowships & Internships

Stanford Social Innovation Review Examines The Encore Fellowships Network

Editor's note: This post originally appeared here, on the blog of researcher Beth Kanter. The authors are part of the team that runs The Encore Fellowships Network. The network helps highly experienced workers from the public sector transition to nonprofit work.

By Leslye Louie and Lyle Hurst


Highlighting Second Acts in the Second Half of Life

Last week was a big one for The Purpose Prize – with coverage of the 2012 winners in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Boston Globe and more. (See here.)


Fellowships Devoted to Community Service

By Richard Eisenberg

Many of us in our 50s and 60s have The Itch.


Aspiranet Encore Fellowships Program Accepting Applications

Are you interested in taking on a role that serves the greater good, but don’t know where to begin? If you're in California, consider applying to the Aspiranet Encore Fellowships Program. The program provides an on-ramp for seasoned professionals who want to contribute to the nonprofit sector.


Jeff Abraham spent his career in landscape design, event management and fundraising. Always feeling connected to the Tempe, Ariz., area, upon retirement Abraham wanted to be actively engaged in the community to a greater degree. Through the Experience Matters Encore Fellowship Program, Abraham joined Tempe Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that works with a variety of people of all ages in need. Watch this video of Abraham in action.

Program Will Expand to More than 30 Community Clinics

Oakland, Calif. – As a former senior executive at Pepsi Chicago, Novartis and Seagate, John Arnold knows his way around large, complex, fast-paced organizations.
Now, as an Encore Fellow, he puts his financial management skills and operational expertise to work on behalf of the Oakland-based La Clinica de la Raza, a key provider of health care to low-income and uninsured patients in three counties.

The traditional retirement age of 65 is fading, just as the boomer generation begins hitting it. The idea of staying in one job for an entire career is also disappearing, and that can be good news for those looking to make a move. "In their 50s and 60s, people's priorities change," says Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures / Encore.org. "They realize that the road doesn't go on forever.

Easing the Financial Sacrifices During the Transition to an Encore

Meredith McKenzie left the real estate industry in fits and starts as she struggled to switch careers and follow her passion: river conservation.

At 55, she traded her expensive California beach house for a 300-square-foot converted garage, living like a grad student. Maybe an undergrad.


My Experience as an Encore Fellow

By Louisa B. Hellegers

About two years ago, I was leafing through The New York Times when my mother called. The conversation went like this:

“Have you read today’s paper yet?”

“Just reading it now.”

“You have to read the Style section; there’s an article about an organization that has your name on it!”


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