Encore.org was originally founded as Civic Ventures in 1997. The basic idea behind Encore has always been to engage people later in their life and tap into their unique skills and experience to benefit society and younger generations. Its first flagship program was Experience Corps, a program that paired people over 50 years of age as tutors and mentors with elementary-aged children. The program is now an AARP program.
To celebrate people who strive to make a difference in the second half of their lives, encore.org promotes the Purpose Prize (from Civic Ventures).
This prize gives 5 awards of $100,000 for people over 60 that are “taking on society’s biggest challenges.”
Encore Fellowship is a work program that is specifically designed to match skilled, experienced professionals in the later years of their career with social purpose organizations where their experience can be used for the greater good.
The fellowships are short-term paid assignments that are typically six to twelve months in duration and are available as full- or part-time work.
Personally, I think this idea is brilliant. It lets people redefine retirement or semi-retirement as a chance to contribute to the world in a meaningful, rewarding way.