We’re proud to announce the project outcomes of the Encore Louisville program, now in its fifth year. Participants are members of the Leadership Louisville Center and graduates of other programs, who are retired or transitioning in their careers. The class worked in teams to provide strategic guidance to local nonprofits who requested help with specific issues.

The Encore Louisville Class of 2018

The class provided guidance to 19 nonprofits in 2018. Their assistance amounted to an estimated total value of $250,000.

Featured 2018 projects:

The Healing Place

Doug Scott, Director of Giving, The Healing Place, a nationally-recognized recovery program for men and women with addictions. Doug talks about the value of working with an Encore Louisville team.

American Cancer Society

Jan Walther, former Executive Director of American Cancer Society Louisville, shares how the organization benefitted from partnering with an Encore Louisville team.

Other nonprofits who worked with Encore Louisville teams in 2018 are:

Alley Cat Advocates

Camp Hendon, Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

Children Have Options in Choosing Experiences (C.H.O.I.C.E.)

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Down Syndrome of Louisville

Encore Toolkit- Leadership Louisville Center

Jewish Family and Career Services

Mom’s Closet Resource Center

Nearly New Shop, National Council of Jewish Women

One Plus One Equals U, Inc.

Simmons College of Kentucky

Sowing Seeds with Faith

Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky

Steam Exchange

TreesLouisville, Inc.

University Club

Women 4 Women

Camp Hendon, Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

Project ask: Camp Hendon indicated these needs:

  • Staffing: Identify the next position(s) to be filled on the staff
  • Strategic Growth: what to consider regarding growing the organization
  • Funding: provide feedback on establishing/securing reliable funding sources

Project outcomes:

  • Outside thought leaders; all of the team members had worked within organizations experiencing growth opportunities and provided a thought framework for the Camp Hendon team
  • Introductions to contacts within the community who are potential partners and funders
  • A structured approach to addressing the key issues facing the organization
  • An outside perspective on the board functions which the Encore Louisville team presented to the Board of Directors

Comments from Camp Hendon:

“This was an amazing experience and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with the caliber of individuals in our Encore Louisville partner team.” – Megan Cooper, KY Diabetes Camp for Children

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Jewish Career and Family Services

Project ask:

Jewish Family and Career Services provides a wide range of counseling and career services to a socioeconomically diverse client base.  Some services are grant funded and provided to disadvantaged clients at no-cost; others are fee-based.  They asked for the Encore Louisville team’s help in increasing fee-for-service revenues to enable JFCS to continue to meet the growing needs of vulnerable clients in an uncertain funding environment.  Specifically, they asked for help with a market analysis defining and providing a more in-depth profile of the target market for their proposed College Grad Job Search Bootcamp.  The team also provided input that helped them redesign the curriculum in a way that will make it more marketable as well as more valuable to both participants and the employers who will support the program and also provide potential job opportunities.

Project outcomes:

The team provided feedback and suggestions on JCFS’s target market and made suggestions to enhance their marketing plan.  Additionally, they provided suggestions that led to a redesign of the bootcamp curriculum that enhances the value for both prospective participants and the employers that will also participate in the program.

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Simmons College of Kentucky

Project ask:  Simmons College’s challenge is that they do not have a campus student bookstore which hinders students from having a “real” campus feel.  Many students can not afford books or the means to get them, so an on-campus site would help with student retention and recruitment as well.

Project outcomes: Following meetings with Dr. Kevin Cosby, President, and Dr. Ken Jobst, ProvostVon Purdy, Director of Development, and Franklin Smith, Accreditation Liason, the team initiated a survey of the students to determine whether a bookstore is a student-driven desire.

Comments from Von Purdy, Director of Development, Simmons College of Kentucky:

“The Encore team was one of the most professional groups I have ever worked with. They came in eager and mission-centered and helped focus us on what we needed to do to get the desired results. The experience of the team led to the planning and execution of our project and helped us reach the final goal. We needed their direction to help get results – the survey of the students was vital to help us focus and help us get feedback from the key constituents- our students. As a result, we are moving in the right direction and have taken the first steps to get a bookstore and the materials students want.”

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Trees Louisville, Inc.

Project ask: Help TreesLouisville develop a 5-year plan – a strategic roadmap that can be executed by a two-person staff.

Comments from Cindi Sullivan, Executive Director, TreesLouisville:

“Our Encore Team helped us produce a comprehensive two-year strategic plan for our organization. Along the way, they affirmed the good work we are accomplishing and gave us sage advice on pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to embrace. The process was eye-opening and provocative.”