The Sacramento/Sierra Encore Fellows Program matches highly experienced professionals with nonprofit organizations where they can perform high impact work and help those organizations build capacity and grow strategically, ultimately making a significant impact on the broader community. We have designed our program to promote positive cross-sector learning and deliver sustained organizational impact to the nonprofit sector.
Across the region there is a pressing need to help build capacity in the nonprofit sector. While most of the nonprofit services are a necessity and provide ongoing support in the region’s local communities, nonprofit organizations are challenged with insufficient resources to maintain or build their agencies. By operating an Encore Fellows Program in the region, the American Leadership Forum in partnership with the Nonprofit Resource Center will enable these nonprofits to grow and sustain their organizations through Fellow’s high-impact social-purpose roles.
What will success look like?
Nonprofit Organizations gain affordable, low-risk access to experienced, skilled talent while building organizational capacity.
Encore Fellows are able to create flexible, experiential pathways to social-purpose work and to make an immediate impact using the skills and experience they have accumulated with 20+ years of corporate work.
Businesses and other sponsors Program sponsors may benefit in a variety of ways: through deeper member or employee engagement, community engagement, market engagement, and improved grantee effectiveness.
Communities benefit directly by the impact of the Fellow’s work, by the Fellow’s future engagement in the social sector.
To date, the American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter has matched over 20 professionals with nonprofits. Participating nonprofits include: Center for Fathers and Families, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Foothills Habitat for Humanity, Mission Focused Solutions, Sierra Business Council, etc.
In 2015, the goal is to match at least 8-10 Encore Fellows in the Sacramento/Sierra Region into nonprofit organizations, including 2-3 Encore Fellows working in rural communities. Fellow placements will occur at varying times.
The Fellows Program is based on a philosophy of “mutual matching.” Work Hosts and Fellows independently apply for the Program and are evaluated against a set of criteria developed by the American Leadership Forum and the Nonprofit Resource Center. During recruitment, assessments will be conducted to determine potential fellows’ skills and work hosts’ skill needs as well as preferences regarding location and schedule. After careful assessments and evaluations, matches between Fellows candidates and Work Hosts will be conducted. Work Hosts and Fellows then conduct informational interviews with each other to determine if a mutual interest exists. The Program Director will have the responsibility for making the final matches.
Fellows will come from a variety of backgrounds and offer high-level transferable skills to the nonprofit organizations. Fellows’ roles include but are not limited to: operational management, capacity-building, process improvement and strategic management.
Fellows have been matched in the following nonprofit organizations:
In the Sacramento/Sierra Region, a Fellow’s standard stipend is set at $20,000 for a 1,000-hour (half time) 12-month assignment or full-time for a 6-month assignment. Depending on the sponsoring company, these terms may vary.
The primary focus for each Fellow is their experiential learning which furthers their professional development through applying their skills in the nonprofit sector. The American Leadership Forum and the Nonprofit Center will provide a complementary curriculum to enhance Fellows’ nonprofit work. Key components regarding their work and the nonprofit sector will be provided during Fellows’ workshops to complement their work experiences. Topics will include: Serving our Communities, Board Leadership, Nonprofit Grants and Fund Development, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, and Financial and HR Management.
Common coaching will be provided for both Fellows and the Work Hosts on best practices for onboarding in the new role and successful achievement of the goals they set. In addition to a Fellows’ orientation, Fellows will participate in regular monthly events/workshops as a group to share their experiences.
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