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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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



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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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The BVU Encore Fellowship Program has been developed in partnership with The Encore Fellowship Network. is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good.  Through an inventive program portfolio, demonstrates the value of experience in solving society's greatest problems - from education to the environment, health care to homelessness.  The goal: to produce a windfall of talent to help solve society's greatest problems.