Membership Information

We welcome as members anyone who is committed to our mission. Generally, that includes those who provide programs, services, opportunities, and support to people 50 plus. It also includes those who advocate or work on their behalf.


Membership in The Encore Network provides access to robust tools that facilitate:



The Encore Network allows you to connect with other leaders and organizations in the encore movement through participation on committees and affinity groups as well as through events.  Every member has access to and inclusion in our enhanced Member Directory.


Encore Network Committees:

Members are welcome to participate on an internal Encore Network Committee. These include:

  • Finance & Fundraising
  • Membership
  • Network Engagement
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Operations & Governance


Affinity Groups

Our five member-led affinity groups are motivated by shared interest and commitment to a topic. They are grassroots initiatives and are limited to our current members.

Intergenerational – We share our experiences, learn together and advocate for effective ways of linking the generations.




Encore Entrepreneurship  – We champion the opportunity for people over 50 to explore diverse paths to entrepreneurship, including starting a business. We do this by connecting the initiatives that support them, collaborating to ensure that useful information, tools and resources are widely available, and advocating for encore entrepreneurship.

Starting & Sustaining an Encore Organization – We connect the leaders of organizations that champion the civic, social and economic contributions of older adults to offer shared support for starting, building and sustaining viable, stable and impactful initiatives.


Advocacy – We work together to build broader support for policy and legislative changes that address ageism and advance opportunities for people over 50.



Over-50 Employment – We share resources and promising practices, learn from each other, and work together to change attitudes, behaviors, policies, and other barriers to opportunities for older workers.




Programming and Events

We offer programs and events for our members and prospective members that are relevant, impactful, inclusive, and have a call to action. We take the lead in developing webinars, affinity group topics, and special events to maintain a robust events portal.

  • Peer Coaching – We offer an opportunity for members to hold a structured conversation about a specific issue they are grappling with or exploring. The member outlines the topic and a panel of other members is selected based on their expertise related to the topic. The session begins with the member providing background information and requesting specific input. After clarifying questions and answers, the panel offers ideas, suggestions and feedback. The member then summarizes what they heard and identifies next steps.
  • Coffee Chats – Coffee Chats are one-time conversations convened by members around a topic of their choosing. Typically, this is a chance for members to share information, promote a product, get input, or test an idea. A proposed topic and date are sent to our admin team, who confirms the availability of the date and time, posts the session on the Event Calendar, and sets up a Zoom link.



All members are encouraged to utilize and contribute to our Encore Network Resource Library. Members can search on a number of different criteria and create Resource Lists of their own for future reference.