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What is the Encore Movement?

The encore movement aims to solve social problems by harnessing the experience of people in midlife and beyond. It includes:

  1. The legions of people who are working in or thinking about starting encore careers;
  2. Individuals and organizations working to enable encores for others;
  3. Social purpose organizations that are interested in tapping encore talent.

What is an “encore career”?

An “encore” or “encore career” is continued work in the second half of life that combines social impact, purpose, and often, continued income. While many people see their encore work as a “career,” others associate the career language with the “achieving” stage of life. For that reason, we talk about an encore role, work, or activity – or simply “an encore.” Use whichever language feels most comfortable to you.

An encore can be paid or volunteer, and doesn’t have to be limited to the nonprofit sector. It’s much more about life stage than age. That said, the encore stage sits squarely in those years that used to comprise retirement. We see many people planning for their encores in their late 40s or early 50s and moving into encore work in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

Why focus on the 50+ age group?

People age 50 and older represent a large and growing demographic:

  • By 2019, workers 50+ will make up 33 percent of the workforce.
  • By 2030, 37 percent of Americans will be 50 or older.

More than ever, this population is entering their 50s, 60s and 70s with health, vitality and a strong commitment to give back to their communities. This isn’t just a baby boomer issue – demographers project that 50 percent of babies born today will live to be 100. By defining and supporting an encore life stage of engagement and contribution, the social sector will benefit today and lay the foundation for engaging future generations.

Strong interest in encores...

Millions of people 50 to 70 years old are eager to share their skills, passions and expertise in encore careers that address social needs, typically in education, health care, human services and the environment. According to Encore.org research, more than 4.5 million are already working for social impact, and many more want to join them.

SOURCE: Encore.org


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