May 20, 2019

Three Local Not-for-Profit Organizations, Initiatives Selected for Del Mar Encore Fellows; Applications Being Accepted for Fellow Positions

The Dayton Foundation has selected a third-round of Dayton-area not-for-profit organizations to participate in the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative. Through this three-year pilot, nonprofits will be matched with highly skilled, older professionals who will serve as Fellows and work on significant community issues. The organizations and projects were selected based on community need, an ability to create systemic change, opportunities for collaborations and identified funding.

The following three organizations and projects were selected:

Area Agency on Aging: The Fellow will work on AAA’s Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis Initiative, researching, defining and measuring the scope of the current challenge to finding and keeping workers who provide direct services to older adults in our region. In collaboration with a wide variety of partners, he or she will then propose solutions and develop strategies for building a sustainable, stable long-term care workforce.

YWCA: Building on the YWCA’s “One Imperative: the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary,” the Fellow will lead a two-part initiative, evaluating each of the YWCA program’s internal practices, policies and procedures around racial justice and convening a Dayton Region Coalition Against Hate. The first part will help the YWCA understand the impact of programs and services on people of color and how each program contributes to the elimination of racism. The coalition will promote inclusive values, assist victims, enable timely responses to hate crimes and bias incidents, and conduct community education on the causes and prevention of bias, bigotry, and racism.

Ruth Parker Frost Center for Abundant Aging/United Church Homes: The Fellow will work with staff and volunteers to develop a curriculum and video for small-group education, aimed at reframing participants’ perception of aging and challenging the prevalence of “ageism” in our culture. He or she also will organize focus groups and other means of evaluating the new tools, which will be used in community and faith-based settings.

“The initiatives we chose demonstrate the best opportunities for effectively using the experience of highly skilled older adults to make a major difference in our community. They target ageism, racism and the challenge of filling jobs serving vulnerable people - big issues, with the potential for big impact,” said Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow.

The Dayton Foundation is seeking individuals to serve as Fellows to be matched with one of these nonprofit initiatives. Candidates must be retired or career-transitioning older adults with professional, management or executive-level experience. During the fellowship period, Fellows will commit 20 to 32 hours per week for a renewable 12-month time, for which they will earn a stipend of $25,000 each. Individuals interested in applying to be a Fellow must send a resume with a brief cover letter to Noreen Willhelm at, or by mail to The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, Ohio, 45423. More information is available online at The deadline to apply is June 7, 2019.

Since 2017, the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative has placed Fellows with seven organizations, working on major projects, engaging older adults as Encore volunteers and changing the conversation around aging. The work is made possible by a generous grant from the DMH-Dayton Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Other groups currently hosting Fellows:

  • Brunner Literacy Center
  • Dayton Metro Library
  • Learn to Earn Dayton
  • National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ)
  • St. Mary Development Corporation

For more information about the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, please contact Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, at or 225-9949

About The Dayton Foundation

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing charitable funds that have provided over 300,000 grants totaling more than $812 million to nonprofits over its 95-year history.

Download the job descriptions for each fellowship here.

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