Is my organization eligible to apply for a team?
If your organization is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves the Louisville metro area (including Southern Indiana), you are eligible to apply. Some government (state and local) agencies, programs, and educational institutions may also be eligible. Business leagues and chambers of commerce with a 501(c)6 status are also eligible. Nonprofits that have applied for a 501(c)3 status but have not yet received it are not eligible.
There are some restrictions for returning applicants:
- Organizations that have had an Encore Louisville team in the past cannot apply for another Encore Louisville team for two years.
- Organizations must wait one year after having an Ignite Louisville team before applying for an Encore Louisville team (and vice-versa).
What is the Encore Louisville Program and how can it help?
The Leadership Louisville Center’s Encore Louisville program is for graduates who want to continue to give back to the community as they retire, approach retirement or transition from professional careers. The program’s goal is to connect groups of graduates in an advisory capacity with worthy nonprofits that need help managing critical strategic, structural, operational, or organizational issues.
The program offers the nonprofit community a chance to get a group of outside thinkers involved in moving something forward that wouldn’t be possible without their help. Encore Louisville participants are over 50 and typically have held senior leadership positions at their organizations. Encore Louisville participants will bring their decades of experience and leadership to a series of meetings with you and your organizations leaders, helping you develop an action plan over a 2-3 month time frame. Expect 15-20 hours of work from your team.
What is my organization’s role in the partnership?
Having a team working for you is only successful if the team is supported by your agency, starting with the Executive Director/President/CEO and Board of Directors.
Someone must be available as an ongoing liaison between the agency and the team. Meetings must include the Executive Director/President/CEO, and additional leaders from staff or Board may be requested.
Teams that have the most success are teams that have the best communication with their agency. This will require time and energy on the part of the agency to attend meetings, return emails, take phone calls, and make decisions in a prompt manner. If the team is not given direction and feedback from their partner, they will have difficulty moving forward and achieving success.
During the project time period, you will also be contacted by the Leadership Louisville Center staff for status updates and feedback. Evaluations at the end of the project will also be required from all parties.
How are proposals selected?
The Encore Louisville steering committee will read all submissions and chose finalists to invite to each program day. There are three rounds of projects in the Encore Louisville program, so if you are not chosen in the first round, you may be chosen in a future round. If your proposal is selected as a finalist, a representative from your agency must be available to present information on the project at a program day which will take place in Louisville in December, March or July (details of time and place will be provided to you). You can expect to spend approximately one hour at the event. It is suggested that your Executive Director/President/CEO attend this event. The class will select the projects, and there will be between one and seven teams formed in each of the three cycles of the program. You’ll be notified whether your organization has been chosen by one of the teams shortly after, and if you are chosen, you will begin working immediately with the team.
What can an Encore Louisville team do for my organization?
The Encore Louisville team will have 4-5 participants and will bring a high level of experience and wisdom to whatever issues are discussed in the proposal. They will have diverse backgrounds, diverse skills, strong networks, and strong community leadership credentials. Participants are graduates of other Leadership Louisville Center programs. The team will work with your agency over the course of 2-3 months in a consulting/mentoring/advising capacity. Working hand in hand with the staff of the organization, the team will help develop a plan to address the issues or opportunities in the proposal, but implementation will be up to the organization. See outcomes from the Encore Louisville program
How are the service projects for Ignite Louisville and Encore Louisville different?
There are significant differences between the service projects the two programs offer. To download a PDF detailing the differences between these two opportunities for nonprofits, click here
Are there guidelines for project proposals?
When designing your project proposals, consider these things:
- The project must be realistic in scope and be able to be completed in the given 2-3 month time frame.
- The project should produce sustainable results, allowing your organization to better serve the community, and be strategic, structural, operational, or organizational in nature.
- The nonprofit agency must be open to new and innovative ideas that the team will provide.
- The nonprofit agency must have the capacity to communicate with the team regularly, meet with the team regularly, and work with them to make decisions quickly regarding the direction of their project.
- Make sure your submission is clearly written so the teams can understand exactly what you are asking.
I want to submit a proposal. What are the next steps?
All proposals must be submitted via online form.
For 2017, submissions are accepted January 5 – February 16, April 18 – May 30, and July 20 – September 1.
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