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Freeport-McMoRan grant empowers women

Experience Matters, an organization that is creating a stronger, more vibrant community by connecting the skill and passion of experienced adults with nonprofits that need their help, announced today it has received a grant of $60,000 from Freeport-McMoRan.

The grant, which will be matched by local resources for a total value of $120,000, will be devoted exclusively to increasing the capacity of social service agencies to improve opportunities for women to increase their skills and economic independence and to assist domestic violence agencies in helping women explore their potential and achieve lives free of violence.

Experience Matters’ proven business model matches human capital – skilled, seasoned adults – with nonprofit social service agencies committed to tackling significant community issues and creating lasting change. Since it was established five years ago, Experience Matters has provided dozens of Arizona nonprofits with expertise in human resources, finance, technology, business planning, business operations and much more.

“This generous grant from Freeport-McMoRan aligns perfectly with one of its social goals and ours,” said Experience Matters CEO Nora Hannah. “Our mutual goal for this project is to increase the prosperity of women, in a way that is effective and sustainable over the long term.”

Four nonprofit programs already serving women will be selected as partners. Each will be provided with an Experience Matters Encore Fellow for one year, beginning in November. Encore Fellows typically earn a stipend of about $20,000, providing a high value-to-cost ratio for nonprofit hosts.[1] To ensure project success, Experience Matters consults with each organization to understand its needs, create a project statement of work, source the right talent, provide training and manage the match relationship. Both skilled talent and member organizations receive ongoing support throughout the year.

“The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has made significant investments in organizations and projects that protect and empower women by addressing domestic violence, economic self-sufficiency, personal development, and education and training,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. “Experience Matters presents a unique opportunity to increase the benefits of those investments by working with organizations that serve women to match them with an Encore Fellow who has the right experience to help them further achieve goals and outcomes with lasting impact.”

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Experience Matters gets Grant from Virginia G. Piper

Experience Matters, an organization that connects baby boomers with nonprofit and social service organizations to improve the quality of life in Maricopa County, has received a $1.6 million grant over four years from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The grant allows Experience Matters to expand its infrastructure to offer more paid and unpaid opportunities to more boomers seeking work in the social sector. Often referred to as encore careers, this represents a new life-stage in which experienced boomers find meaningful ways to engage in the community. Nationwide, 31 million boomers indicate an interest in encore opportunities.

Engaging boomers as the talent to solve community problems is the driving force of the Experience Matters’ vision and mission, and it is changing the quality of life for boomers such as Encore Fellow Anne White.  “I feel my work as an Encore Fellow brought more rewards to me than I gave to the Balsz CommunityEducation Foundation, my host organization,” stated White.  “Helping them build the infrastructure and fundraising programs for their foundation was incredibly rewarding, and I am thrilled to stay on as a volunteer with the organization beyond my Encore Fellowship,” she added.

Experience Matters aims to expand operations and deliver $34 million in human capital to Maricopa County organizations over the next five years.  The organization’s strategic plan to connect boomers with service organizations was crafted by a group of highly experienced strategists, business owners, technologists, marketing experts and nonprofit executives and community leaders over a six-month period.

“This generous grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is vital to the successful expansion of Experience Matters.  We can significantly increase the number of boomers engaged in paid and unpaid social service opportunities to support our nonprofit community as they work so hard to improve the quality of life in Maricopa County.  Both boomers and nonprofit organizations are signing up rapidly to engage.  The demand is strong to connect the talent with the community, ” stated Nora Hannah, CEO of Experience Matters.

“Experience Matters produces a high rate of return on investment because there is nothing more valuable than giving a nonprofit talent and skill,” noted Patrick McWhortor, President and CEO of Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.  “As Experience Matters helps nonprofits engage experienced and talented boomers in their organizations, the capacity and effectiveness of the organizations has the potential to expand exponentially,” he added.