Fellowship Network

Be sure and read this article in Kiplinger's Retirement Report, (May 2013) which features Encore Fellow Jeff Landre's work with Mission Focused Solutions, a nonprofit in Grass Valley, Cal., that helps child welfare organizations improve their ability to place foster children in permanent homes.

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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.)

The Ravenswood Family Health Center provides health care for the underserved, uninsured, and most vulnerable low-income residents of communities in southeastern San Mateo County. An experienced Encore Fellow provided expert knowledge that lead to significant cost savings from improved supply chain management and order processing.

Fellowships Devoted to Community Service

By Richard Eisenberg

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

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.

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