Engaging Experienced Talent to Drive Social Change

Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative Request for Proposals

Interested in becoming a Del Mar Encore Fellow? The Dayton Foundation is seeking two new Fellows to support the work of the Omega Community Development Corporation and the work of the Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE).

Click here to learn more about these fellowship opportunities.

About The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative

Since 2017, The Dayton Foundation has deployed more than a dozen highly skilled older adults into the community to work as Del Mar Encore Fellows on significant community issues. Their work has led to the creation of new tools, resources and insights, including:

  • A COVID-19-triggered program to retrain laid-off restaurant workers as personal care aides;
  • New technology to help low-income older adults have increased access to healthcare;
  • A report on the prevalence of low-literacy in our community;
  • Increased attention to the digital divide as an impediment to children’s access to learning; and
  • Development of new education and employment pathways for early childhood educators.

Organizations that have hosted Fellows include the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2; Brunner Literacy Center; Dayton Metro Library; Learn to Earn Dayton; Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging; NCCJ; Preschool Promise; and St. Mary Development Center.

The Fellows also work together to help change the conversation about aging, including making presentations to civic and educational organizations about the Del Mar Initiative and the valuable resource represented by older adults in our community. The Del Mar Encore Initiative is made possible by generous gifts from the DMH-Dayton Fund of The Dayton Foundation.

Del Mar Encore Fellows Stipend

Del Mar Encore Fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 from The Dayton Foundation and work a part-time, flexible schedule of 20 to 32 hours per week.

More Information

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

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.

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File date: 08.07.23


Leigh Sempeles

“Have a question about the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative? I can help.”
Leigh Sempeles, J.D., Senior Fellow, (937) 225-9949

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