Making an Impact with Encore Fellows

BVU's Encore Fellows program takes your passion, skills and decades of experience and matches you with a nonprofit organization where you can help them build capacity, grow strategically and, ultimately, have a broader impact on your community.

Nonprofit agencies need your skills in human resources, marketing, communications, strategy and planning, information technology, operations, performance management, financial management and engineering.


Encore Fellows are carefully matched with nonprofit host organizations to ensure that their work will make an impact.  Candidates are screened for commitment, flexibility, experience and willingness to adapt and learn. On the other side, the nonprofits are vetted for their level of investment in this type of engagement.

During the fellowship period (12 months, half time), fellows commit to 1,000 hours of work, are paid a stipend and are embedded as part of the nonprofit staff. This practice allows them to deliver greater impact than the fellows could as volunteers, board members or short-term consultants.

BVU provides ongoing support, oversight and education to fellows and work hosts. BVU convenes regular meetings for fellows to facilitate learning, share experiences and provide additional insight on the nonprofit sector. These meetings further enhance the fellowship and provide opportunity for the fellows to build a new network of connections in the nonprofit area.


Encore careers give postretirement adults a chance to pursue a passion, make a social impact or return to a previous field of study


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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.


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