Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative
Engaging Experienced Talent to Drive Social Change

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn age 65 every day and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold each day over the next decade. This vast population that is moving into midlife and beyond represents a powerful source of talent, wisdom and skills.

To tap into this resource, The Dayton Foundation launched the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, thanks to a $1 million gift from the Del Mar Healthcare DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation. This three-year pilot program is focused on engaging older adults (ages 55 and up) in both leadership, Fellow roles and as volunteers to tackle community projects addressing social issues, such as poverty, health, education or human services.

How the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative Will Work:

The Dayton Foundation has selected four nonprofit organizations to host a Del Mar Encore Fellow. The Fellows will be charged with advancing the organizations’ selected mission-focused initiatives. The Dayton Foundation will recruit and hire Fellows as contract employees. Additionally, the Foundation will ensure that each organization is matched with an individual who has the required skills.

Host Organizations and Projects:

The four organizations selected to participate in this three-year pilot are:

Brunner Literacy Center: Through the organization’s Adult Literacy: The Invisible Struggle Initiative, a Del Mar Encore Fellow will help define, measure and collaboratively mitigate the problem of adult illiteracy in the Dayton area.

Learn to Earn Dayton: A Fellow will work with school districts, community partners and parents to improve the effectiveness and availability of afterschool and summer resources to better enhance educational attainment for children.

Miami Valley Works: To help advance the work of this community initiative, a Fellow will identify why many people in poverty do not participate in programs leading to employment, career advancement and self-sufficiency. The Fellow also will educate community leaders, key stakeholders and others about the outcome of this research and assist in developing a unified community approach to poverty reduction.

St. Vincent de Paul: To build on the organization’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families, a Fellow will help develop a resource-based model that will enable participants to move from a supportive lifestyle to one of self-sufficiency.

To learn more about each of these organizations, click on the name of the organization listed above.

Read more about the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, or learn about the national movement to tap the talent of older adults across the country.

The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative is modeled after the movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. To learn more about this national movement, go

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File date: 08.04.17


Jeanne Holihan

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Jeanne Holihan, Senior Fellow, (937) 225-9949

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