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What if, over time, 100,000 people interested in encore careers were persuaded to launch ten-year encore careers? That would mean one million years of service dedicated to areas like education, poverty, and the environment.
— Marc Freedman, founder and CEO, Encore.org
Investments in programs that help people successfully transition into encore roles with nonprofit organizations or public agencies are investments in your local community.
That’s what researchers found after surveying more than 100 supervisors of 1,700 people pursuing encore careers at six organizations — each with different missions, service models, and distinct geographic locations.
The supervisors reported that people in their organizations, most of whom were volunteers, not only had a large impact on their organizations, but also on their communities. Along with previous research, the study supports the idea that encore careers are good for older people (their health, psychological well-being, and finances), good for nonprofit and public sector employers (who benefit from an experienced and committed workforce), and good for the community (its economic and social health now and in the future).
Grantmakers can help individuals and organizations navigate the exciting opportunities offered by the encore movement by supporting different kinds of projects like the following: