May 25, 2021

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

Five area organizations soon will have the assistance of six Encore Fellows from the Del Mar Encore Fellows program of The Dayton Foundation. These highly skilled, older professionals will work with the nonprofits on significant community issues. The new Del Mar Hosts and the initiatives the Fellows will address are:

Brunner Literacy Center: to establish a Literacy Leaders network among service providers in Montgomery County whose clients are at risk for low levels of literacy.

The Collaboratory: to create an accessible workforce development and volunteer engagement platform that focuses on matching skilled older adults in the Greater Dayton area with employers and nonprofits that are seeking mature, experienced people for full-time, part-time or seasonal work, or volunteer opportunities.

Dayton Area Chamber of Commmerce Minority Business Partnership: to lead the region’s participation in the Kauffman Foundation/Cleveland State University project, “Identifying Resource Gaps for Minority Entrepreneurs.”

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Institute for Livable and Equitable Communities (two Fellows):

  • to establish an Age Friendly Network (AFN), based on the AARP 8 Domains of livability, plus education.
  • to create a program to train local government and partner organizations to recognize institutional and systemic barriers to equity and justice for people of color and low income people.

Yellow Springs Senior Center: to convene and lead an effort to build a more livable, equitable and Age Friendly Community in Yellow Springs, based on the AARP 8 Domains of livability, with an additional focus on diversity and inclusion.

The Host Organizations were selected from a field of 10 applicants, according to Noreen Willhelm, Dayton Foundation Senior Fellow. “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.”

The Fellow positions are posted at, with expectations of having the new Fellows in place by July 2021. The positions are part-time, for six months to one year, with an annual stipend of $25,000.

Since 2017, the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative has placed Fellows with a dozen 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 include:

  • Area Agency on Aging PSA2
  • Dayton Metro Library
  • Preschool Promise
  • St. Mary Development Corporation
  • Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

For more information about the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, please contact Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, at or (937) 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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File date: 08.20.21


Noreen Willhelm

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Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, (937) 225-9949

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