About Encore.org

Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Originally called Civic Ventures, Encore.org was founded in 1997 by social entrepreneur Marc Freedman and grew out of a desire to transform the aging of America – one of the most significant demographic shifts of the 21st century – into a powerful, positive source of individual and social renewal.

Encore.org is spearheading efforts to engage millions of people in later life as a vital source of talent to benefit society. Our ultimate goal is to create a better future for young people and future generations.

We have three core areas of work to elevate, enable and expand the encore vision:

ELEVATE: Change the cultural narrative about the second half of life and establish a new norm around later-life work and impact.

Activities include communications, media relations, storytelling, speaking, thought-leadership and knowledge development.

ENABLE: Increase demand for encore talent and achieve greater social impact in more communities and sectors.

Activities include catalyzing others to create encore opportunities, operating the Encore Fellowships Network as a “proof point” and developing partnerships for sector-specific initiatives in areas such as higher education and encores for youth.

EXPAND: Build and connect a robust and growing movement of individuals and organizations working to advance the encore movement across sectors and geographies.

Activities include a national conference, smaller convenings, knowledge exchanges, leadership development and the Encore Network, which brings together organizations to learn from each other and act in concert.

Throughout its history, Encore.org has sought creative ways to tap the power of experience to improve the lives of young people. In 2016, Encore.org plans to launch a new national campaign to produce a massive human capital infusion of individuals in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond to improve the prospects of low-income and vulnerable youth, in ways that both draw on the unique assets of the older population and meet critical needs of young people.

For more information, visit encore.org.


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