Define Your Next Chapter

The Cleveland Foundation supports leadership across generations for the benefit of our community. Launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, Encore Cleveland helps to connect and fund a network of local organizations offering meaningful opportunities for Greater Clevelanders who are retired or nearing retirement from their primary careers.

Who benefits from Encore Cleveland?

  • Encore Clevelanders benefit from the opportunity to remain active and engaged through work in their community that provides personal fulfillment.
  • Partner organizations benefit from the dedication and expertise that Encore Clevelanders bring to their positions. Nonprofit organizations interested in participating may contact to learn more about joining the Encore Cleveland network.
  • The community benefits from the intergenerational collaboration and networking fostered by the Encore Cleveland network.

Our Encore Cleveland Partners

We are proud to work with a diverse network of partners who offer a variety of programs and opportunities for Encore Clevelanders. Whether you want to volunteer or find a meaningful job, work with children or other adults, or even start your own business, there’s an Encore Cleveland program that can help you define your next chapter! Our Encore Cleveland partners include:  

  • Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • Cleveland Leadership Center
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • East End Neighborhood House
  • ECDI Women’s Business Center
  • Encore Employment Enterprise (E3)
  • Encore NEO
  • Fairhill Partners
  • Greater Cleveland Volunteers
  • Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
  • JumpStart Inc.
  • Leadership Geauga
  • Manufacturing Works

Learn more and get involved

Greater Cleveland Volunteers can help you learn more and sign up for an Encore Cleveland program that’s right for you. Visit their website here or email to get started. Read about Encore Cleveland on our blog.

A Long-Standing Commitment


The Cleveland Foundation has a longstanding commitment to the field of aging. The foundation has experience working with local organizations around issues of healthcare, housing, advocacy and supportive services for older adults through its responsive grantmaking process, including efforts dating back to the 1950s.

More recently, the foundation made even greater strides through its Successful Aging Initiative, which was a nationally recognized, $4 million effort that was among the first Cleveland programs to recognize and activate senior talent. Building on the learnings of this initiative, which ran from 2003 to 2006, many foundations and communities across the country have adopted similar work and built a body of knowledge around the assets older adults may contribute to their communities.