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Helping strengthen nonprofits from the inside out, SVP offers a range of capacity building support for Boulder County’s nonprofit sector. Programs across our menu of training, leadership support, and consulting programming are well-suited to organizations at different stages in their own evolution.

We’re excited to partner with the national Encore Fellowship Network to launch SVP’s Encore Fellowships program, (1) helping more nonprofits grow and strengthen their organizations and increase their impact in the community, and (2) creating a larger community of individuals who are knowledgeable, passionate about, and engaged in the social sector.

Encore Fellows will benefit from SVP’s established culture of shared learning. As a Fellow, they’ll immerse in both the community of their host organization as well as SVP’s membership experience, which is deeply rooted in benefits of a peer cohort brought together by shared values. In addition accessing SVP’s other education and peer-learning opportunities, Encore Fellows will also meet as a community of peers at least quarterly.

EFellowships ModelProgram Sketch:

  • High Impact Work – Fellow will engage in a project of strategic nature that contributes to the building of capacity or capability of the Work Host
  • Fellowship Size – Goal of three to five in the first cohort. Goal of ten after three full years, this goal will need to be reassessed after having experience with the program
  • Fellow Compensation – $20,000
  • Fellowship Duration – One year is ideal to help the Fellow get the most from the cohort and SVP Partner experience, but we will be flexible to other arrangements if the project calls for it
  • Fellow Time Commitment – 1000 hours at twenty hours per week unless the duration of the Fellowship is adjusted
  • Program Level Structure – Structured orientation plus approximately 20 hours of structured learning. Additional hours of engagement and education will be available through SVP, which may range from four to twenty hours per month for the average Fellow
  • Skill Leverage – At least 20 years of experience with transferable skills
  • Experiential vs Educational – Approximately 95% Experiential and 5% Educational / Developmental
  • Work Hosts – Boulder County-based nonprofits that are sophisticated and sizable enough to provide a strategic project and successfully (both financially and operationally) support a Fellow

Encore Fellowships sounding like a great fit? Contact Carolyn Powell, SVP Boulder County’s Encore Fellowships Program Manager, to get the conversation started. Reach Carolyn at carolyn@svpbouldercounty.org or by phone at 303-506-5359. (Think you’re ready to apply? Work Hosts should complete this application, while prospective Encore Fellows should fill out this one.)

SVP Boulder County’s Encore Fellowships program helps nonprofits grow and strengthen their organizations while increasing their impact in the community and by creating a larger community of individuals who are knowledgeable, passionate about, and engaged in the social sector.  Find answers to some frequently asked questions below; have a question you don’t see the answer to here? Email us at staff@svpbouldercounty.org.

EFellows virtuous circleWhat is an “Encore Fellow?”

An “Encore Fellow” is a seasoned professional who SVP, as the Encore Fellowships “program operator,” matches with local nonprofits. These nonprofit “Work Hosts” need of professional expertise for a 1,000-hour project, typically completed in a twelve-month assignment.

With skills that typically include management, human resources, finance, strategic planning, project and program management, information technology, and marketing, Encore Fellows applying lessons learned from their professional careers, and make a significant and lasting contributions to their host nonprofit.

What is a “Work Host?”

Encore “Work Hosts” are Boulder County nonprofit agencies, large and small, with a breadth and depth of missions and causes, serving a wide range of community constituents. Work Hosts must apply and are vetted to identify how well their needs suit a potential Fellow’s skills and experience.

What is an “Encore Sponsor?”

Encore Fellowships come with a stipend, typically paid by an Encore Fellowship “Sponsor.” Sponsors are for-profit companies, often the employers of applicant Fellows, who choose to offer the opportunity for transitioning/retiring staff as a benefit to assist them in transitioning out of their for-profit career.

Sponsors can also be companies committed to social responsibility in the community where they do business. Often focused on a specific issue or set of issues, sponsoring a Fellowship allows these companies to support a nonprofit whose mission aligns with those issues.

What advantages do individuals experience when becoming an Encore Fellow?

When signing on as an Encore Fellow, individuals join the team at their “work host” nonprofit, and are also welcomed as an SVP Partner, benefiting from SVP’s established culture of shared learning. Engaging with their Work Host, Encore Fellows use and develop their professional skills in a high impact assignment. Fellowships come with a stipend – usually paid by the “Sponsor” – and Fellows are given SVP Partner status for the term of the Fellowship (with opportunities to participate in SVP events and network with other SVP Partners). Fellows are able to develop contacts with local community leaders including agency leaders, philanthropists and professionals who have successfully transitioned from for-profit to nonprofit careers.

How do Work Host nonprofits benefit from hosting an Encore Fellow?

Work Hosts gain a significant infusion of talent, often unattainable at market rates, in an area of strategic importance to the organization’s development. Building the capacity and/or capability of the Work Host in a meaningful way, Hosts often extend Fellow the opportunity to continue in consulting or advisory roles, or invite them to become a member of their Board of Directors at the end of their assignment. While the estimated value of Fellowships varies, the critical and significant support provided to the Work Host has been documented as well in excess of the costs of the program to Host nonprofits.

What is the benefit to becoming an Encore Sponsor?

Providing the company with an additional benefit to offer retiring employees, sponsoring Encore Fellowships can be a meaningful and cost effective way to offer a significant opportunity at a small financial cost. Companies use Encore Fellowship sponsorships to show in a tangible way their commitment to community and social responsibility. Sponsoring Encore Fellowships also offers companies a way to demonstrate the substantial impact that this type of investment makes for the community, their retiring employee, and the nonprofit where Fellows are placed.

How are Fellows and Work Hosts matched?

The first step is getting in touch with the Encore Fellowship program operator for Boulder County, Social Venture Partners (also called SVP, or SVP Boulder County). We’ll talk with companies or individuals to better understand your goals for participation, and help you through the enrollment process. Nonprofits with a need should also connect so we can help scope your potential project needs.

Candidates complete an Encore Fellowship application (accepted on a rolling basis). Applications ask for a candidate’s objectives in joining the program, professional skills, areas of interest, work environment preferences, and contact information. SVP will interview applicants to best define their credentials and explore their interest to ensure a strong Work Host match.

SVP’s Encore Fellowship Program Manager evaluates potential matches, and coordinates informational interviews between eligible Fellows and Work Hosts. If mutual interest exists, the SVP Program Manager will coordinate a match, “make it official” with the national Encore Fellowships Network, and the Fellow’s work can begin.

I’m interested – what’s my next step?

Contact Carolyn Powell, SVP Boulder County’s Encore Fellowships Program Manager, to get the conversation started. Reach Carolyn at carolyn@svpbouldercounty.org or by phone at 303-506-5359.

Ready to apply? Work Hosts should complete this application, while prospective Encore Fellows should fill out this one.