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SILICON VALLEY ENCORE FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Encore Fellowships program was successfully launched in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Encore.org. Since then, Encore Fellows in the flagship Silicon Valley program have delivered over 70,000 hours of high impact work to local nonprofits. Encore Fellowships match highly skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with social-purpose organizations where they help nonprofits build their capacity. Fellows bring a wealth of skills to their nonprofit hosts that can have a lasting impact.

Frequently, a Fellow’s contribution goes far beyond their specific work assignment. Many become role models for other staff members and evolve into executive coaches and mentors in their organizations. The Fellows' backgrounds and years of experience bring analytical thinking, management and operational expertise, and maturity that strengthen the nonprofits in which they work.

During the Fellowship period (typically six to twelve months, half to full time), Fellows commit to 1,000 hours of work at a nonprofit and earn a stipend of $25,000. In return, they are embedded as part of the nonprofit staff. The process of selection is competitive and based on finding the best possible mutual match for both the nonprofit work host and the fellow candidate.

The cost for a nonprofit to participate in the 2014 Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program as a Work Host is $30,000 ($25,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $5,000 program participation fee).

The Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program is sponsored by HP, Intel Corporation, Agilent Technologies, Cisco, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

SILICON VALLEY ENCORE FELLOW COHORTS

2014 Cohort
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2013 Cohort Fall
SVEF2014 Fall Cohort

2013 Cohort Spring
SVEF2013 Cohort

2012 Cohort
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2011 Cohort
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2010 Cohort
2010 SFEF grads
2009 Cohort
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Meet the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows - bios and pictures of the fellows

ENCORE FELLOWS VIDEOS

Watch Encore Fellows, nonprofit
directors and program sponsors talk
about the Encore Fellows program.

Video length – 6:16

See all Encore Fellow videos

IS AN ENCORE FELLOWSHIP RIGHT FOR ME?

Making the transition to an encore career in the social-purpose sector can be a significant undertaking. Fellowships provide a valuable bridge where participants learn about nonprofits, foundations and social institutions while making significant contributions using the skills and knowledge they already have. The fellowship experience also offers opportunities to establish personal networks in the new sector and to learn firsthand about job and career options.

Click here to begin the application process to become an Encore Fellow

CAN MY ORGANIZATION BENEFIT FROM HOSTING AN ENCORE FELLOW?

Encore Fellows bring years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and skills into their fellowship assignments. They are eager to learn about the important work you do and to have a significant positive impact on your organization’s mission. While the typical fellowship assignment is for six to 12 months, many host organizations have found ways to retain their fellows for further work or have even hired their fellows outright.

Click here to begin the application process to host an Encore Fellow in your organization

WHAT SORT OF WORK DO ENCORE FELLOWS DO?

Encore Fellows bring a wide variety of highly transferable skills that can have a huge impact in the organizations that host them. Typical functional backgrounds for fellows and the project areas they relate to include:

  • Marketing/communications, brand management, messaging and public relations
  • Information technology, most aspects of hardware, software and cloud computing technology planning, implementation and maintenance
  • Human resources policies, systems and structures, staff development and coaching
  • Legal issues, such as structure, contracts, tax, employment and intellectual property
  • Financial management, including accounting, business processes, budgeting, forecasting, and cost modeling
  • Sales/business development, policies and strategies, fundraising initiatives and target donor identification
  • Strategic planning, scaling initiatives, partnerships, deployment and board recruitment
  • Operations and performance management planning, coordination and analysis
  • Project/program management for change initiatives, a new venture or expansion
  • Technical specialists in specific skill areas such as engineering and statistics
  • Facilities and Construction Management including design and project management, facility maintenance and administration

SILICON VALLEY ENCORE FELLOWSHIPS APPLICATIONS

Fellow Application
Begin the process to become an Encore Fellow in the Bay Area. Click here >

To apply to become an Intel Encore Fellow
Eligible Intel employees can apply anytime subject to availability of local fellowship opportunities
Click here >

SILICON VALLEY WORK HOST APPLICATION

Click here to begin the application process to host an Encore Fellow in your organization



TIMELINE
The Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program is now accepting applications for both fellow candidates and nonprofit work hosts. To better meet the needs of nonprofits and the interests and availability of Fellow candidates, the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program has moved to a rolling timeline seeking to find the best possible matches between nonprofits and Fellow candidates throughout the year.

A SAMPLING OF SILICON VALLEY NONPROFITS PARTICIPATING IN THE ENCORE FELLOWS PROGRAM

2013
Abilities United
Avenidas
Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
CollegeSpring
Homeless Prenatal Program
Humane Society of Silicon Valley
Krause Center for Innovation
MESA, San Jose State University
Mid-Peninsula Media Center
Pacific Community Ventures
Sunnyvale Community Services

 

2012
Second Harvest Food Bank
Avenidas
Sunnyvale Community Services
Abilities United
Valley Verde
Future of Fish
Citizen Schools

 

2011
1st Act Silicon Valley
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
RAFT – Resource Area for Teaching
Marine Science Institute
Tahoe Prosperity Center

 

2010
Aspiranet
Krause Center for Innovation
Partners in School Innovation
Youth Science Institute

 

2009
Citizen Schools in California
Community School of Music + Arts
Youth Community Service
Environmental Volunteers
Silicon Valley Education Foundation