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Our Partners

Silver is Gold was developed and is operated by The Collaboratory, Dayton’s civic innovation lab, in partnership with The Dayton Foundation’s Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, to “Challenge the Myths of Aging”.

Part think tank, part community R & D Laboratory, part social enterprise incubator, The Collaboratory, is  an independent, non-profit civic innovation lab, founded and led by Peter Benkendorf. The Collaboratory is where Dayton’s dreamers and doers gather to move innovative ideas to transformational action.

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The Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative began in 2016 and was funded through the generosity of the DMH-Dayton, Inc. Fund of The Dayton Foundation.  Through the 3-year pilot, a dozen Fellows were placed with nonprofits in the region and released a study in 2019 entitled “Challenging the Myths of Aging: An Encore Solution.” Paid Fellows and volunteers have worked with local community groups to examine ageism and advocate for the utilization of adults no longer active in the workforce, but have the knowledge, drive, and adaptability to contribute to the betterment of the community.

The Dayton Serves platform is sponsored by the Dayton chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit organization that has been training nonprofit staff and leadership since 2012. We also mentor nonprofit organizations through our network of 50 local coaches and mentors. SCORE has been serving the area for over 50 years at no cost to our clients. We are supported by donations from local foundations, corporations and private donors. The Dayton Serves platform is part of a nationwide database. In addition to recruiting and matching volunteers Dayton Serves offer 18 workshops per year to volunteers, Board members, and organization staff and leaders in the skills they need to succeed.

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Interested in Bringing Silver is Gold to Your Community?

The Silver is Gold team is looking for non-profit, government or for-profit community-based partners around the country who recognize the value that actively-engaged retired professionals represent in helping close the talent gap that keeps organizations from addressing critical challenges and needs.

Very interested in organizations working on issues related to older adults and challenging the myth of aging. Also organizations involved in human resources, economic or workforce development are encouraged to inquire.