Through his outreach to area employers, Executive Director Mark Argosh has been instrumental in the development of a partnership between SVP Connecticut and Encore!Fairfield County to help the program build awareness amongst area residents transitioning out of the private sector about the opportunity to apply their skills from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector.
“We are excited to support the Encore!Fairfield County Program because it aligns with our focus on strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations, said Argosh. “Encore!Fairfield County and Hartford graduates are playing an extremely important role in bringing new skill sets and experiences to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut. We are also working with corporations to obtain financial support for their transitioning employees to attend the Encore!Fairfield County Program, so that they can develop encore careers.”
Encore!Fairfield County prepares former corporate professionals for management and professional positons in Connecticut nonprofits. The first class of Encore!Fairfield County graduated in December 2016 and are already working and impacting the Fairfield County nonprofit sector.
“Encore!Fairfield County addresses two critical needs: reducing professional sector unemployment in Fairfield County and increasing the capacity of local nonprofits,” states Dr. David Garvey, director of the Program. “Many seasoned corporate professionals are looking to transition their highly valued skills and experience to purposeful work in Fairfield County’s nonprofit sector. National studies demonstrate that these individuals desire educational support to make the transition. Encore!Fairfield County provides that training” adds Garvey.
Encore!Fairfield County is a four month program that provides deep immersion of the learner in the Fairfield County nonprofit sector. All sixty-plus hours of transition education—in the areas of nonprofit leadership, development, accounting, governance and strategic management—are held in area nonprofits. Topics are taught by seasoned Fairfield County nonprofit practitioners and University of Connecticut faculty. The program is capped by a two- month Fellowship within a Fairfield County nonprofit in which the Encore!Fairfield County Fellows are assigned a high-level project to assist in strengthening a Fairfield County nonprofit, while at the same time expanding their knowledge and networks in the Fairfield County nonprofit sector.
SVP Connecticut Partner Evelyn Isaia, a 2016 Encore!Fairfield County graduate, attests ” My experience with Encore!Fairfield County was fantastic, I found it to be an excellent way to transition from the for-profit world to the nonprofit world. We had exposure to every aspect of nonprofit management.”
Less than a year after transitioning from a very successful career as a global wealth advisor, Evelyn has become an active Partner with SVP Connecticut, serving on the Investment Committee, and has leveraged her experience with Encore!Fairfield County to found a social enterprise, Ratatouille and Company – a sophisticated catering company with a social purpose — that trains women immigrants and refugees to be great chefs and catering wizards.
The next 25-student cohort of Encore!Fairfield County begins November 1, 2017 with graduation at the UConn Stamford Campus on February 23, 2018. Acceptance will be awarded through a competitive selection process based on applicant’s skills and potential for success in the nonprofit sector. First round of selection occurs October 1.
The program fee is $3,950. Scholarships to qualified applicants will be awarded by AARP Connecticut. For more information go to Encore!Fairfield County .