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::: January 2017

As we turn towards 2017, we at Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) look forward to an exciting, productive, and particularly collaborative year. As we consider what’s ahead, it’s important to remember: we are always better together. Strategic partnerships and the spirit of cooperation make us stronger, expand our impact, and ensure that we improve the experience of aging for ever larger numbers of older people.

2016 was rife with collaborative acts. The Re-Framing Aging initiative, itself a multi-funder, multi-GIA member effort, released new information that will provide effective, evidence-based ways of communicating about our common work. Our Rural Aging project, supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, began gathering new partners and advisors. And our annual conference in Portland brought 200 of us together once again for cutting-edge sessions, information sharing, and provocative conversations.

We look forward to even more in 2017. Our efforts to support age-friendly communities, which have included nearly 40 national and local funders (including state agencies and local municipalities) during the last several years, will continue with the generous support of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
We are pursuing several new multi-member projects on issues in health care, housing and more. Plans for new funders’ circles are in the works, and we look forward to traveling to Boston, MA for our Annual Conference, October 18-20, 2017.

In the New Year, we re-affirm our commitment to serving each of our members and the broader field, to finding new ways to use our collective strength to make a difference. We are here to help. Please let us know what you need from us directly and what we can facilitate with your colleagues. 

The 2017 Annual Conference, “Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society,” will be held October 18-20, 2017 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. We expect 200-plus representatives of top local and national funders to join us for three days of learning, sharing, and networking.

GIA is pleased to announce sponsorship opportunities at these levels:
Premier—Up to $50,000
Presenting—Up to $25,000
Participating—Up to $15,000
Patron—Up to $10,000

There are also opportunities to sponsor workshops, receptions, and other conference activities.

We are proud to announce that the Tufts Health Plan Foundation has already signed on as a Premier Sponsor.

The GIA Annual Conference is only made possible through the sponsorship of generous organizations like yours, which help GIA create an exciting showcase for people, ideas, and trends that in turn receive priceless exposure to foundation CEOs, program officers, and board members.

For more details about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the GIA website or contact GIA CEO John Feather at 703.413.0413 or by email.


GIA Members Support Playbook for Better Care
Five national foundations — The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and the Peterson Center on Healthcare — have partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to launch “The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs” — an online resource to help health system leaders and insurers improve care for patients with complex medical and social needs. Click here to learn more.
Health Foundation Names Nora OBrien-Suric as New President
GIA Member
The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York recently named Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., senior program officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, as its new president in succession to Ann F. Monroe. OBrien-Suric will officially join the Health Foundation in February and at that time will be formally introduced to the community. Click here to learn more.
Maine Health Access Foundation Welcomes New Senior Program Officer
GIA Member Ruta Kadonoff joined the MeHAF staff as a Senior Program Officer on December 12, 2016. Ruta brings more than 20 years of experience fostering and advocating for quality improvement and person-centered care and services for older adults at national organizations. She takes over the Thriving in Place (TiP) program and the organization’s aging work. Click here to learn more.

New Thought Leadership from GIA Members

GIA Member Shelley Lyford, President and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Foundation, blogs on the Huffington Post about Successful Aging in 2016: Four Major Developments that Should Make Life Better for Seniors.

GIA Member Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, writes in Next Avenue about Fighting Ageism and Unfair Treatment in Health Care.
GIA Member Debra Jacobs, President and CEO of the Patterson Foundation, discusses the GIA conference and the ReFraming Aging initiative in Words Matter — Reframing Aging on its TPF Shares blog.

GIA Member David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund, reflects in the Huffington Post on the 2016 Health Care Year In Review.
GIA Recognized by Cambia Health Foundation
Cambia Health Foundation recognized GIA in its winter newsletter Grantee Spotlight with an item on our 2016 Annual Conference, for which the Foundation was the Premier Sponsor. Click here to read more.
New Additions to the GIA Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce that the GIA Governance Committee has elected six new members for three-year terms on the GIA Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2017. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming the following new Board members:

Susan Althans, Director of Philanthropy, The McGregor Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Katie Midgley, Director of Research and Evaluation, The Plough Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee
Patricia (Trish) Shannon, CFO and Senior VP Strategy, Innovation, Finance, Grants, Operations and Technology, AARP Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Rani Snyder, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation, New York, NY
Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Vincent Tilford, Executive Director, Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, Detroit, MI
Click here to learn more about the Board of Directors.

Conversations with GIA
Family Caregiving: New Horizons for Caring Across America

Friday, January 27, 2017, 2–3pm ET.
There are roughly 18 million family caregivers of older adults in the United States whose varied and increasingly complex roles have brought family caregiving and its social, health, and economic implications to the forefront of public policy. Presenters Donna Benton, PhD, Director of the University of Southern California Family Caregiver Support Center, and Rani Snyder, MPA, Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation, will discuss the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, “Caring Across America,” and promising approaches for aiding family caregivers.

Sponsored by Archstone Foundation, Grantmakers In Health, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Click here to learn more and register.

::: Missed a webinar? Get caught up with this list of past GIA webinars and find recordings of past webinars on our YouTube channel.

    GIA Member
    Four New Grants Totaling $5.5 Million Approved by The John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees for Age-Friendly Health Systems
    The JAHF board has approved four new grants, including a 42-month, $3.19 million initiative to develop and test a health systems-wide prototype model of care for older adults. A partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), the project will measure the model’s impact on health systems as compared with those lacking such an approach. Click here to learn more.
    Rachel Garbow Monroe Selected as 2016 Baltimore SmartCEO of the Year
    GIA Member Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, has been named 2016 Baltimore SmartCEO of the Year by SmartCEO, a regional business magazine and website. SmartCEO recognized Monroe at its Circle of Excellence Awards for her kindness and dedication to changing lives. Click here to learn more.

    Cambia Health Foundation Board Approved New Investments Totaling $1.1 Million
    In November and December, the Cambia Health Foundation Board approved three new grants totaling $1.1 million: $350,000 to support their signature Sojourns Scholar Leadership program to advance palliative care quality, access, and understanding; $287,000 to support child behavioral health initiatives and programs; and $476,000 to support health care transformation for those in need. Visit the foundation's website to learn more.

    Tufts Health Plan Foundation Announces New $1.1 Million Community Investments
    As part of its support for age-friendly communities, Tufts Health Plan Foundation has announced 13 new grants totaling over $1.1 million in the areas of policy and advocacy. The new investments include initiatives to improve access to affordable housing and supportive services for older adults; address gaps that limit access to services and healthy, nutritious food; and engage more seniors as advocates for their communities. Click here to learn more.

    Milken Report on The Power of Purposeful Aging
    Thought leaders from public policy, business, academia, philanthropy, and media gathered in May 2016 at the Milken Institute Purposeful Aging Summit in Los Angeles to discuss reframing perceptions of aging in the 21st century. A new report, “The Power of Purposeful Aging: Culture Change and the New Demography,” from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, summarizes the findings. Read the contribution from GIA CEO John Feather on the role of philanthropy (page 40), as well as from Michael Eisner, founder of the Eisner Foundation (page 5), Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP (page 29), and a piece on the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps (page 25).

    OpenNotes Movement Gives Patients Access to Medical Records
    Thanks to $10 million in funding by Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Peterson Center on Healthcare, the OpenNotes Movement will empower 50 million patients to access their fully transparent medical records through personalized apps and patient portals by 2020. Click here to learn more.

    Training Video on Caring for LGBTQ Seniors
    Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to providing social support services to LGBTQ older adults, has released “Creating a Healthcare Practice Welcoming to LGBT Seniors,” a free, 43-minute training video for both licensed and non-licensed professionals. Click here to view.

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

    :::January 27, 23pm ET
    Family Caregiving: New Horizons for Caring Across America

    :::October 18–20
    GIA Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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