We took to the airwaves recently, invited by WWDB Boomer Generation Radio talk show host Richard Address-- that's him on the left-- to let his listeners know what Coming of Age is up to in Philly. It’s all been memorialized via a podcast that you can check out here. Also, the current issue of Kiplinger's Retirement Report includes an article featuring Coming of Age. Alas, there’s no online version, but if you have a subscription, we’re on the page one in “Try Something New with an Encore Career.”
The Intergenerational Center is looking for a part-time Financial Analyst to assist with a variety of Business Office activities, including conducting daily financial operations and assisting with pre- and post-grant award work such as developing budgets, reconciling expenses, doing budget projections, and maintaining records.
Donna Summer had our number: We're "on the radio." And it would seem everywhere else journalists, producers and raconteurs are telling stories. Coming of Age says "It's All About What People 50+ Can Do" and it seems like the media is falling all over each other to tell our stories. Check out this segment from PBS-TV's Newshour about older entrepreneurs; a radio show called "And So It Goes," where elders share their stories with the radio audience, and an upcoming movie The Age of Love about... senior dating.
We've got to hand it to the ladies-- especially those in the Coming of Age community. They responded from all over to our appeal to "Help Refugee Women Feel at Home in Philadelphia," our joint effort with Project SHINE to identify volunteers to mentor Bhutanese and Burmese refugee women. And they also recently stepped up to the plate to be Encore Volunteer Managers, including at the Career Wardrobe to expand the group’s ability to help more women get work and at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County to help build a revenue stream for the Center.
With financial support from The Philadelphia Foundation, Coming of Age held a two- day workshop (the Learning Lab) to encourage nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area to make use of stipended "Encore" Volunteer Managers (over age 50) in their organizations. Of the 32 organizations that participated, an overwhelming majority indicated they were interested in having an EVM join their team. Managers that have been selected will start in April. This article will give you an idea about the training session and our Learning Lab curriculum.
Are you ready to leave your corporate career behind to find work at a nonprofit? That is a laudable goal...but you need to take the time to learn about the unique needs, culture, and expectations of the nonprofit sector before you send out your resume. If you skip doing your homework, you might run into unexpected roadblocks that will stop you from realizing your dream of beginning an "encore career" that combines passion, social purpose, and pay. Keep reading to learn how to approach this new challenge and join the more than 9 million people (ages 44 to 70) who have taken this step successfully.
Kerry Hannon, a personal finance writer, has seen a rise in the number of women in their 50s and 60s thinking about, and making the switch, from a corporate job to one in a nonprofit. Why that is happening for many in that age may be the realization that there is more to life than making money or, perhaps, the question of what to leave as a legacy. For those gravitating to the nonprofit world, issues of job flexibility (flex time, job-sharing), more opportunities for women (less men apply), and a more collaborative workplace (plus altruism) may be key reasons. These 9 tips and resources are a great starting point. Check out encore.org to learn more about Encore Careers.
Anyone who has volunteered or been involved in training, placing, and managing volunteers knows that it can be costly. Volunteers often have to take time away from family or work to be available, as well as travel to and from work locations. With the present economy causing nonprofits to downsize their staff while the needs of communities keep racheting up, a bill has been presented to the U.S. House of Representatives to grant volunteers a tax deduction for miles driven for charitable causes. Click to learn more and to show your support for this bill.
American Express is putting its money where the volunteers are. Through its newly created Members Project, cardholders can receive Membership Rewards Bonus Points for choosing volunteer opportunities listed on the AmEx website and can use their credit card to donate to their choice among thousands of nonprofits. And anyone accessing the website can vote weekly to decide which five charities will receive a total of $1 million. The slogan is "Take Charge"...sounds like American Express is showing the way.
At a recent celebration in Palo Alto, ten Encore Fellowship graduates, all over 50 years old, marked their "graduation" from a pilot program for boomers. This program places high paying private sector executives in stipended positions in nonprofit organizations working in the fields of education and the environment. The model is slated to expand to all 50 states under federal legislation enacted last spring to take advantage of the Encore Generation's interest in using their skills for social impact. Read more...