Experience Matters’ Encore Impact Award Nominations Are Open

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Nominations are now open for Experience Matters’ Encore Impact Award to recognize a Maricopa County nonprofit or public agency addressing critical human resource needs by engaging people 50 years of age and older in leadership roles and encore career opportunities that enrich lives and advance the common good.

Experience Matters is a Valley-based nonprofit that engages retired professionals with nonprofit organizations to build capacity and support meaningful social-purpose projects.

Applications will be submitted online at http://experiencemattersaz.org/encore-impact-award/

or through Experience Matters social media platforms (Facebook: @ExperienceMatters; Twitter: @ExpMattersAZ; LinkedIn: Experience Matters Arizona).  Deadline is noon, Nov. 22.

The Encore Impact Award recipient will be assigned a well-trained professional to complete an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of its Development Department and identify areas impacting outcomes; identify and recommend resources needed to achieve goals; and provide high-level recommendations and priorities for the Development Department.

“The goal is to enable the organization to increase its fundraising capacity, enhance services to the community and provide sustainability,” said Experience Matters Executive Director Wendy Cohen. 

The award review committee will make its decision based on the following criteria:

·      Value: Is this organization an inspirational example for other nonprofits and public sector organizations in demonstrating the value of engaging individuals age 50+ in work that significantly impacts the social purpose of the organization? Are intentional practices in place to engage older adults, age 50+, in the organization’s social purpose work? 

·      Social Purpose:What is the social need addressed by the work/encore workers? Social purpose work refers to work that directly contributes to solving important social problems, meeting important social needs, and improving life for people and communities. 

·      Impact:How many individuals, age 50+, are engaged in encore roles at the organization and how are they being compensated? Note: Compensation is broadly defined and can include things such as stipends, salary, health insurance, living allowance, expense reimbursement (e.g., mileage, meals); office space, administrative support, use of computers/Wi-Fi/cell phones; or other creative benefits. How does the organization measure the impact of encore workers’ contributions? 

·      Creativity:Does the organization use resourceful solutions to overcome obstacles in recruitment or retention of encore workers or to expand opportunities for encore workers? 

·      Replicability/Expansion:Does this organization demonstrate practices that can be sustained long-term as well as expanded for engaging at 50+ and social purpose work? Does it serve as a model that could be replicated by other organizations?

For more information about Experience Matters, visit www.experiencemattersaz.org.

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