Second Acts for the Greater Good

80 million baby boomers are or soon will be eligible to retire - but many seek a new stage of work focused on a sense of social purpose.


Encore Clevelanders benefit from the opportunity to remain active and engaged through work in their community that provides personal fulfillment.

Encore Cleveland

encore cle logo white backgroundThe Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. 

BVU is a part of the Cleveland Foundation's Encore Cleveland initiative, which channels the time, energy and talents of experienced Clevelanders into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs.


BVU Encore Engagement Opportunities

Encore Fellows
BVU's Encore Fellows program matches you with a nonprofit organization where you can help build capacity, grow strategically and, ultimately, have a broader impact on your community.   As a half-time employee of a nonprofit for one year, the Encore Fellowship will leverage your skills and experience as you transition from your midlife career to your next phase. Nonprofit agencies need your skills in marketing, communications, strategy and planning, information technology, operations, performance management, human resources, financial management and engineering. Learn more.

Pro Bono Corps (skills-based volunteering)
Share your specialized expertise and talents to strengthen the infrastructure of a nonprofit. Help to build and sustain a nonprofit organization's capacity to successfully achieve its mission. Experience in human resources, technology, finance, marketing, real estate, law, business planning, coaching and other professions are needed to help nonprofits with specific projects. Please complete this questionnaire and a BVU representative will contact you to discuss your options.

Encore ACTS
Encore ACTS is a group of adults, age 50+, who identify a need at a nonprofit and come together as a group to tackle that project. Members can register for these events when interested and enjoy a social gathering afterwards.  Stay connected with the group on Facebook, or click here to view upcoming projects. 

Direct Service Volunteer Opportunities
Connect to a volunteer opportunity that addresses the issues that are close to your heart - arts and culture, animals, the environment, hunger, education, literacy, homelessness and many, many more. Visit the Volunteer Center or by taking BVU's Volunteer Personality Quiz which will match your interests with an opportunity near you.



Fellow Opportunities

Conservancy National Park

Conservancy for Cuyahoga National Valley Park is seeking an Encore Fellow to formulate and implement a strategy to reposition the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.. To Learn more



Council on International Program - USA is seeking a fellow to work with CIPUSA staff, board, and current affiliated organizations to develop an organizational structure and model that will give CIPUSA a global presence (virtual or real) and the ability to consistently execute its mission globally.  To Learn more



Apply NOW

Please note that the application is a Word document. Please download, save and email your completed application to Thomas Reuter. Please contact Thomas if you have additional questions.


Encore Cleveland Individual Perspective


"I am very fortunate to have found an Encore Career that brings together everything that I was able to learn and develop over 31 years."

Thomas Gaghan, Founder
Cleveland Furniture Bank, Encore Cleveland Prize Recipient