Fairfield County

Bring Your Skills and Experience to Managerial and Professional
Careers in the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector

A Program of

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In alliance with our strategic partners and hundreds of Fairfield County nonprofits:

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Next Program: October 2019 - February 2020

Please contact Linda Friedman (959-200-3817) for information regarding future programs.

  • Dates: October 9, 2018 - February 7, 2019
  • Program Fee: $2,950
  • Application Period: July 15 - October 2, 2018
  • Acceptance Decisions: September 1 - October 9, 2018
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Scholarships provided by generous support of the following and hundreds of Greater Fairfield County Nonprofits:

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For more information on scholarships, please contact Linda Friedman, Program Director, at linda.friedman@uconn.edu.

Encore!Fairfield County is co-led by:

Robert Francis

Executive Director of RYASAP

Scott Wilderman

President/CEO of Career Resources, Inc.

About Encore!Fairfield County

The second class of Encore!Fairfield County graduated last February and is already impacting the Western Connecticut nonprofit sector. We are now preparing for our 2018 Fairfield County class. Applications are being accepted as of July 15. For eight years, Encore!Hartford has had a strong record of success of educating and preparing corporate professionals for a transition to careers in the nonprofit sector. Encore!Fairfield County graduates are continuing that tradition and impact on Fairfield County’s nonprofit sector.

The Curriculum

Deep Immersion in the Nonprofit Sector

All components of Encore!Fairfield County, from education to fellowship, are conducted in a diverse selection of Fairfield County nonprofit organizations.


More than seventy hours of managerial and professional skill-set transition education in nonprofit leadership, program management, finance, governance, funding strategies, organizational management, program outcome measurement and job search strategies. Classes meet twice a week beginning in October for two months from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

Resume Restructuring and Networking

Creation of resumes that reflect transitional skills and experience applicable to the nonprofit sector, and networking opportunities to meet with sector leaders and learn more about the work of their organizations.

Encore!Fairfield County Fellowship

The cornerstone of Encore!Fairfield County is the two-month, 30-hour per week fellowship at a Greater Fairfield County nonprofit. Matches are based on the Encore!Fairfield County Fellow’s skills and career goals and the strategic needs of the nonprofit.

Sample Curriculum

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Class of 2017 Sample Curriculum


  • Application Period: July 15 - October 2, 2018
  • Acceptance Decisions: September 1 - October 9, 2018

Chosen through a competitive vetting and selection process based on the skill-sets and potential for success in the nonprofit sector, a maximum of twenty-five candidates will be selected for the program. Candidates must be unemployed or underemployed and convey a strong interest in working in the sector.

Encore!Fairfield County Nonprofit Fellowship Host Application Form
For questions regarding fellowship host application information, contact Linda Friedman, Program Director, at linda.friedman@uconn.edu.

Additional Resources

Encore Network

Founding Member

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Encore Talent Works

Toolkit for Nonprofit Leaders

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2017 Nonprofit Compensation Survey

Learn about salaries in the nonprofit sector.

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