March 31, 2017

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

The Dayton Foundation has selected four Dayton-area not-for-profit organizations to participate in the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative announced last fall. Through this three-year pilot, skilled, older professionals will serve as Fellows and be matched with social-purpose organizations to help advance a mission-focused initiative or project. The organizations and projects were selected based on community need, an ability to create systemic change, opportunities for collaborations and identified funding.

Of the 19 proposals submitted, the following four organizations and projects were selected.

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.

“We’re so pleased to see the high level of interest exhibited by local organizations in hosting a Fellow who can help elevate a social-impact initiative,” said Jeanne Holihan, Senior Fellow. “The ‘encore’ movement taking place across the nation is making it easier for millions of individuals to pursue a new role in the second half of their lives, while helping the greater good. It’s very exciting to watch this develop in the Dayton community.”

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 Jeanne Holihan 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 April 14, 2017.

The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative was launched in 2016, thanks to a $1 million gift from Del Mar Healthcare and its DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Since 2010, this fund has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to Dayton-area nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of older adults.

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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