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::: August 2016

GIA MemberThank You, Kathy Greenlee; Welcome, Edwin Walker
Kathy Greenlee 
(pictured with Bruce Chernof, The SCAN Foundation), Assistant Secretary on Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, has completed her last day on the job. At the 2014 GIA annual conference, she gave a plenary address on elder abuse and led a listening session for the White House Conference on Aging. During her last speech as Administrator, Greenlee reflected, “if someone were to ask me what I’m most proud of, I would say ‘I’m most proud of my attitude.’ The attitude I carry and you carry is ‘Let’s Try.’ We’ve been willing to try. I am not afraid to fail. I am most afraid of not trying and living to regret my aversion to taking a risk.” Read her full remarks here.
Edwin Walker, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, will succeed Greenlee. Click here to read more about Greenlee and Walker.

New Huffington Post Blog: “Making The Economic Case For Age-Friendly Communities”
GIA CEO John Feather explores how advocates can build support for age-friendly communities by demonstrating the economic benefits they offer. In his latest Huffington Post blog, he shares evidence from several Community AGEnda sites of the ways that adults age 65 and older are not a burden on the economy, but rather a source of economic strength and growth, and shows the power of finding allies in other sectors who can help carry that message as well. This blog draws on the recent report for GIA by Margaret Neal and Alan DeLa Torre of Portland State University and the recent “Conversations with GIA” webinar on making the best economic value proposition for age-friendly communities. Read Feather's full article here.

Register for the 2016 GIA Annual Conference
Registration is open for this year’s Annual Conference! We are excited to invite you to join us in Portland, Oregon, from October 26-28, 2016. Please register online using the registration form available here. Register by Friday, September 23, 2016, to secure the early registration rate—a savings of $100. Visit our website to view the online program brochure and instructions on how to reserve your hotel accommodations. You should receive a program brochure in the mail soon!

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Seeks President
The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York is accepting applications for its next president. The position calls for a creative leader with proven strategic and organizational leadership ability, intellectual breadth, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Click here to learn more about the position and how to apply.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests $1.8 Million to Promote Health, Wellness in Vulnerable Communities
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has invested more than $1.8 million in grants to support age-friendly communities. The 12 chosen initiatives tackle a range of issues—from access to health care and social isolation of older adults to managing chronic diseases and elder abuse. Click here to read more.

Five Health Care Foundations Launch Plan to Focus on High-Need, High-Cost Patients
Five national foundations—The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, and The SCAN Foundation—have announced a new collaboration to transform care delivery for patients with the greatest need for health care services—typically those with multiple chronic conditions exacerbated by challenging social needs and a limited ability to care for themselves. Leaders from these organizations will develop a number of resources and tools to promote understanding of this population, identify evidence-based programs that offer high-quality, low-cost integrated care, and accelerate adoption of these programs nationally. Click here to read more.
Archstone Foundation Announces Appointment of new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Joseph F. Prevratil, President & CEO of Archstone Foundation, announced the appointment of Mary Ellen Kullman, MPH, to the position of Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 1, 2016. Prior to her new role, Kullman served as Vice President. She continues to function as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. Kullman was on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) for six years, and served as Chair of the Board for two years during its operational, geographic, and leadership changes. Currently, Kullman serves on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers. Click here to read the full press release.

GIA Partnering with Generations United for Grandparents Day
Grandparents Day is coming up on September 11, 2016. Imagine if millions of older adults used their voices to advocate on behalf of America’s future: our children and youth. Generations United is launching a new campaign: Do Something Grand. Visit to get a copy of the Take Action Guide to find resources, ideas, and other information on ways that you and your organization can get involved.
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GIA and GIH Cosponsored Philanthropy NY Event in July
Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and Grantmakers In Health (GIH) cosponsored two strategy sessions at Philanthropy NY in July. “Care for All: Supporting Older Adults, Family Caregivers, and the Home Health Care Workforce,” in which GIA CEO John Feather (pictured center) spoke focused on how philanthropy can work with both the public and private sectors to meet the needs of caregivers, older adults, and the communities they work and live in. “Next Steps in Health Equity: Addressing Racial and Economic Inequality” brought together funders for a high-level discussion about innovative strategies to improve health by reducing racial and economic inequality, advancing social justice, and investing in long-term systems change.

Affiliate Members:

Focus Areas:
  • Strengthen not-for profit organizations serving older adults and their caregivers
  • Long-term services and supports
  • Connecting consumers to non-profit organizations with effective programs
Meals on Wheels
Focus Areas:
  • Providing healthy food for seniors with diminished mobility
  • Safety checks
  • Facilitating friendly interaction
  • "America, Let's Do Lunch" ad campaign


Mat-Su Health Foundation (partial conversion)
Focus Areas:
  • Healthy aging
  • Regional services coalition
  • Senior environmental scan

::: Missed a webinar? A record of past GIA webinars is available on our website and recordings of past webinars can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

    GIA Member
    New GIA Members-Only Resource 
    A market report PowerPoint from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, "Active Aging Market: Opportunities and Innovations" is now available to GIA members. Focus groups conducted for the CTA report explored challenges in active living, how seniors wish to live, caregivers’ needs, and perceptions of smart living technology. Log in to the GIA Members-only portal, go to Forum tab and click on General Discussion to review and discuss with other members

    New AARP E-Book Celebrates Mayors
    AARP’s Livable Communities book, Where We Live: Communities for All Ages100+ Inspiring Ideas from America’s Mayors, features ideas and projects from almost 100 mayors across the country who are working to make communities more livable for people of all ages. You can download the book here.
    Mat-Su Health Foundation Releases Plan for Delivery of Senior Services
    Mat-Su Health Foundation has created a plan for combatting the high rate of population growth among the 65 and older demographic in Alaska, one of the highest senior population growth rates in the nation. The study analyzes senior service delivery across the entire continuum of care and presents strategies with corresponding financial analysis, as well as opportunities for both the private and public sectors to engage to shape future service delivery. Click here to read the full report.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.

    :::August 25-27
    8th International Positive Aging Conference
    Washington, DC
    :::October 11
    New Jersey Foundation for Aging Fall Workshops
    Freehold, NJ

    :::October 26-28
    GIA Annual Conference
    Portland, OR

    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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