Due to COVID-19: All Encore!Connecticut classes and fellowships will be conducted live by remote learning.
Immerse yourself in the Connecticut nonprofit sector and gain the skills you need to lead.
Encore!Connecticut is a nationally-recognized program that assists corporate and public sector professionals in transition to opportunities in the nonprofit sector. The program is an attractive option for individuals with varying career goals―whether you're seeking immediate employment or planning to change careers in the future.
A program with more than a decade of proven success, Encore!Connecticut is a professional development experience that helps seasoned corporate professionals transition their skill-sets and experience into successful opportunities (paid and/or volunteer) in Connecticut nonprofits.
The program is designed to leverage the professional experience of individuals with a variety of career goals:
- Immediate Employment: Immediately move from a corporate or public sector position to a full or part-time nonprofit position
- A Future Transition: If you are currently employed but seeking to move into nonprofit work in the future
- Engaged Volunteering: If you are retiring and looking to make an impact as a volunteer or consultant for nonprofits
Encore!Connecticut takes place over eight half-day Saturdays and three Fridays, providing over 30 hours of managerial and professional education in nonprofit leadership, program management, finance, governance, funding strategies, grant writing organizational management, and program outcome measurement.
The program also offers help with job search strategies and resume restructuring, and provides networking opportunities to meet with sector leaders and learn more about the work of their organizations.
Participants learn from and work with seasoned leaders of the Connecticut nonprofit sector. They also gain hands-on professional experience working on a strategic project with a nonprofit organization through a fellowship program.
Due to COVID-19, most fellowships and interviews will be conducted remotely. Proper safety protocols will be followed.
Encore!Connecticut offers two fellowship options:
- A two-month, 30-hours per week, in-house fellowship for participants to engage in a special project at a Connecticut nonprofit. This option is for individuals who can work during the day.
- A consulting-style fellowship that allows individuals who are employed full time to work with a nonprofit agency’s senior leadership on a strategic issue, while only meeting as warranted by the project.
Matches for all Encore!Connecticut Fellowships are through an interview process, allowing both parties to determine the best mutual fit based on the skills and career goals of the Fellow and the needs of the nonprofit.
Interested in hosting an Encore!Connecticut fellow at your nonprofit organization? View our Information and Application page for fellowship hosts.
Curriculum and Courses
Due to COVID-19, all spring 2021 classes will be live and virtual.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 1
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Session 2
Spring 2021 Schedule
*All Friday sessions are optional.
Saturday, January 9 - Orientation & Encore Alumni Roundtable
Saturday, January 16 - Strategic Planning and CEO Rountable
*Friday, January 22 - Program Evaluation
Saturday, January 30 - Governance and Community Engagement
Saturday, February 13 - Philanthropy & Donor Roundtable
*Friday, February 26 - Dealing with Data Phobia
Saturday, February 27 - Nonprofit Accounting
Saturday, March 13 - Leadership
*Friday, March 26 - Grantwriting
Saturday, March 27 - Lobbying and Advocacy
Saturday, April 10 - Graduation
Cost and Scholarships
Maximum class size: 25
AARP CT Scholarship
Financial support is available for AARP members and individuals over 50. Contact David Garvey for questions and to apply.
Worksforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Funding
100% of your tuition can be covered by WIOA funding if you are currently receiving unemployment benefits. Contact your local American Job Center to see if you qualify.
For questions, please contact David Garvey.
Outcomes and Track Record
In 2010, Encore!Hartford was launched with two objectives:
- Reduce long-term unemployment of seasoned corporate managerial professionals aged 50 and over
- Strengthen the Connecticut nonprofit sector, through the hiring of these seasoned professionals
A decade later, Encore!Hartford and its successor program, Encore!Connecticut, have done just that. Among our results:
- Encore!Connecticut graduates report a 95% interview rate; prior to Encore!Hartford, particpants reported a 10% interview rate.
- 91% of graduates report being employed full-time, part-time, or as social entrepreneurs.
Of those employed:
- 70% report full-time employment
- 73% are employed in the nonprofit sector
- 98% retention rate in the nonprofit sector
Sample Job Titles
Encore!Connecticut graduates go on to work in nonprofit organizations that make a difference in the areas of youth education, housing, community development, social services, literacy, health, disability services, and the arts, among others. Sample job titles of full-time hires include:
- Chief Administrative Officer
- Chief Human Resource Officer
- Community Network Builder
- Director of Development
- Director of Strategic Planning
- Economic Security Manager
- Housing Development Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Manager of Research
- Nonprofit Consultant
- Youth Counselor
In The Media
Learn about the work of Encore!Connecticut (formerly known as Encore!Hartford) in the following stories:
NBC Connecticut: Making the Grade
Forbes Magazine: Writing New Chapters
Forbes Magazine:Nonprofits...Are You Ready to Make the Switch?
Greenwich Times: Older Jobless Can Create New Careers
Hartford Business Journal: Encore!Hartford Eases Path for Jobless Executives
Hartford Business Journal:Elson’s Rocky Trek to Job Nirvana
Hartford Courant: A Career Bridge
New York Times: How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit
New York Times: Nonprofit Work After Retirement? Maybe You Can Make It Pay
UConn Today: UConn Expands Program for Careers in Nonprofit Sector
The program is featured in the following publications:
An international coalition of leaders and organizations promoting fifty forward social enterprise and engagement.
A toolkit for nonprofit leaders to learn best practices in engaging Encore talent.
Learn about salaries in the nonprofit sector.
How to Apply
The application submission review period is on a rolling basis. Candidates are chosen through a competitive vetting and selection process based on their skill-sets and potential for success in the nonprofit sector. A maximum of 25 candidates will be selected for the program.
Enrollment for Spring 2021 is open now through December 11, 2020.
- Candidate Essay: Candidates should address why you want to work in the nonprofit sector. Identify, if possible, your preferred area of work and position in the sector (e.g. social services, the arts, environment or advocacy) and the passions, purpose, working conditions and compensation needs and expectations that will impact future employment choices and decisions. You should describe how your current skills and experience, for-profit or nonprofit, can be transferred to paid nonprofit work. The essay should be three pages maximum and be submitted as a word document.
- Candidate Résumé: Along with your essay, attach a résumé that connects your skills to your desired work in the nonprofit sector. Information provided should include academic/technical knowledge, credentials and track record of accomplishments relative to your interest in nonprofit work. Volunteer work should be described fully as a valuable background asset. Be concise, yet informative, and submit the résumé as a Word document.
- Submit Application: Forward your essay and résumé as email attachments to Maura Maloney, Operations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My Encore!Hartford experience gave me the exposure to the inner workings of several Hartford-area nonprofits and provided me with the tools to pursue my dream of giving back to the community.”
Al Marino, former sales manager, now Fundraising Events Specialist, Foodshare
“The program provided excellent classroom instruction, networking opportunities with nonprofit leaders and practical experience through a fellowship. Enhancing the entire experience was the opportunity to embark on this journey with my fellow classmates.”
Mike Fournier, former insurance executive, transitioned to Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Meet Your Instructors
E.C. Brown Government Relations Consulting
Connecticut Voices for Children
Fund the People
Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology
Smart Justice LLC
Department of Public Policy
Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
Department of Public Policy
CEO, Let’s Build IT, and Executive Director, John Maxwell Team
Career Resources, Inc.
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Department of Public Policy
Liberty Bank Foundation
Connecticut Center for School Change, InformCT, and Connecticut Voices for Children