How to Prepare for Nonprofit Work


As an Encore Fellow, John Arnold, 64, a former senior finance executive at Pepsi and Levi Strauss, is creating cash-management procedures for La Clínica de La Raza of Oakland, California, a large community-based consortium of clinics that provide health care to low-income and uninsured patients. Arnold is one of 15 former corporate professionals in the Encore Fellows in California Community Clinics program, financed by the California HealthCare Foundation.

Cheryl Edmonds, a retired Hewlett-Packard marketing manager, took on a 12-month fellowship assignment in Portland, Oregon, with Metropolitan Family Service. As a Volunteer Services Fellow, she leads a program to enhance volunteer development within the agency, working specifically with local businesses to promote volunteerism—focusing on boomers age 55-plus with better professional volunteer opportunities.

And take note, these are paid positions. Encore Fellows are paired with nonprofits, where they typically work 1,000 hours over a six- to 12-month period, through either a part- or full-time schedule, and earn a stipend of $25,000.

The Encore Fellowships Network was created by the research group, which launched the original Silicon Valley Encore Fellows program in 2009, backed by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Hewlett-Packard.

In 2011, the California HealthCare ...

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