Our History


ReServe was founded in 2005 as an integrated response to two social and economic trends: 80 million baby boomers were approaching traditional retirement age, while at the same time, nonprofit organizations and public agencies faced challenges in their capacity to serve those in need. Launched at the Blue Ridge Foundation in New York City, ReServe has evolved into a national strategy for leveraging the talents and social capital of boomers for the benefit of struggling agencies.

In 2009, ReServe received a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies to expand its model and impact to other localities. Since then, ReServe has its expanded its national affiliate network to Greater Boston, North Jersey, Mid Atlantic and South Florida. Today, ReServe has provided close to one million hours of service through its national affiliate network.

In 2012, ReServe combined with Fedcap (www.fedcap.org), a nonprofit agency founded in 1935 to create sustainable solutions that help people surmount barriers, work toward economic independence, and effect change in their families and communities. Together, Fedcap and ReServe are helping create a new workforce strategy for the 21st century, one that redefines a career arc to include civic engagement.

 
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"The concept of ReServe is incredibly timely, given the increased appreciation of the importance of investing in organizational infrastructure. ReServists do work that otherwise wouldn't get done at a level that would otherwise be unaffordable."

-- Mathew Klein, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation