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::: May 2017

Rural communities can be strong and self-reliant, but older people in rural places often face daunting challenges, from mobility, economic security, and social isolation to housing and health care. We also know that philanthropic investment in rural projects is stubbornly and disproportionately low.

GIA is proud to be leading an initiative to improve the experience of rural aging, and to share our newest resource, New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging.

The issues facing rural America have been overlooked, but tackling them offers funders a wide range of opportunities to make a major, even life-changing impact.

Full of useful tips, successful programs, and thought leader insights, New Frontiers for Funding can help funders, nonprofits, elected officials, government agencies, and others find opportunities for partnership, innovation, and positive change.

Download New Frontiers for Funding here or visit for more information. If you’d like to get involved, please contact me at or rural aging program lead Cindy Padilla at

Welcome to Our New Team Members!
GIA is looking closely at all of its operations and we have added some consultants to our team to help us through the next phase of our work:
  • AK Consulting Group, led by Amy Karimipour, is providing support for the planning and execution of our 2017 Annual Conference in Boston. Her team has extensive experience in creating successful meetings of our size, particularly in philanthropy. Amy can be reached at
  • Emily Baransy is joining us as our new administrator. She will be responsible for setting up new systems to streamline our operations and to make them run efficiently. She can be reached at

Program Brochures Coming Soon
The program planning committee is continuing to work on the agenda for this year’s conference. We can’t wait to share our exciting schedule of sessions, events, and off-site excursions when our program brochure comes out in the early summer. Thank you to our 2017 honorary conference chair, Nora Moreno Cargie of Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and committee chair Erin Westphal of The SCAN Foundation, along with the rest of our committee members, for their dedication to making this the most fulfilling annual conference yet. See you in Boston!

Visit the GIA website for a full list of committee members.


May is Older Americans
Month! (#OAM17)
Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say. To celebrate OAM, GIA’s latest Issue Briefs give a voice to some popular topics for the aging population—Older Workers, Children and Families, Education, and Healthy Aging.

Reimagining Care for Older Adults: The John A. Hartford Foundation 2016 Annual Report
The John A. Hartford Foundation 2016 Annual Report, now available online, describes the Foundation’s strategic focus on three intrinsically interconnected areas: Age-Friendly Health Systems, Family Caregiving, and Serious Illness and End of Life. The report offers a clear vision for the future, while highlighting the achievements and important grants made in the past year.

Thank You to Our New and Returning
GIA Members
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge our new members and those who have renewed their membership thus far in 2017, and encourage those who have yet to join or renew membership to get in touch! For all membership inquiries, please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Programs and Membership.

New Members
Renewed Membership
  • AARP Foundation
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Federation for Aging Research
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis
  • Easter Seals
  • The Eisner Foundation
  • Empire Health Foundation
  • Gary & Mary West Foundation
  • H.W. Durham Foundation
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
  • The John A. Hartford Foundation
  • John Gogian Family Foundation
  • John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund
  • Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
  • Maine Health Access Foundation
  • May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
  • New Jersey Foundation for Aging
  • Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville
  • Plough Foundation
  • Research to Prevent Blindness
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation
  • Rose Community Foundation
  • Sailors' Snug Harbor of Boston
  • Sierra Health Foundation
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • The McGregor Foundation
  • The Patterson Foundation
  • The Retirement Research Foundation
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Westlake Health Foundation

Conversations with GIA
New Models for Senior Transportation: The Rise of the Sharing Economy
Thursday, May 4, 2–3pm ET
Transportation remains a top issue for older people in all settings, urban, suburban, or rural. The lack of affordable, accessible, and appropriate transportation often means that older adults are isolated in their homes when they lose the ability to drive. One potential solution is the rapid growth of the “sharing economy,” in which technology links people who want to offer a service to those who need that service. The best-known examples are home sharing programs (Airbnb) and transportation sharing (Lyft). Could this be a model to better serve older adults in the future? Presenters Dan Trigub, Head of Elder Mobility at Lyft, and Stephen Ewell, Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, will explore the possibilities and implications and discuss a number of important initiatives already underway throughout the country.
Co-Sponsored by: Consumer Technology Association Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation

Click here to learn more and register.

Members-Only Webinars
High Stakes for Older Adults in 2017: Understanding and Fighting Against Federal Threats to Safety Net
Tuesday, May 16, 2–3pm ET
Presenter: Kevin Prindiville, JD, Executive Director, Justice in Aging

The social insurance and safety net programs upon which older adults rely are under unprecedented threat in the current political environment in Washington DC. The consequences of capping Medicaid funding, “voucherizing” Medicare, or cutting services funded by the Older Americans Act are far-reaching, and would impact all older adults in our communities, but especially those with low incomes. For older adults, these programs serve as a lifeline that ensures that they can age with justice and dignity, connected to their families and communities. This talk will provide a summary of the latest debates about health care and other safety net programs in Washington, and how emerging policies would impact low-income older adults.

Register via the link in members-only emails or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

::: 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
    Helmsley Trust Awards $16 Million for Rural Hospitals
    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced grants totaling $16 million to purchase computer tomography (CT) scanners for hospitals in rural areas of the upper Midwest. Learn more
    Now Accepting Nominations for The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award
    The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award was inaugurated in 2016, as part of the Foundation’s grant support of the Aging and Disability Business Institute, to recognize powerful partnerships between community-based organizations and the health care sector. Click here to submit nominations.

    The Aging and Disability Business Institute is made possible by the contributions and collaborations of its partners and funders. Partners include: The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), American Society on Aging, Independent Living Research Utilization/National Center for Aging and Disability, Partners in Care Foundation, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley/Healthy Living Center of Excellence, National Council on Aging (NCOA), Evidence-Based Leadership Council, and Meals on Wheels America.

    Funders include: The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Administration for Community Living, The SCAN Foundation, The Gary and Mary West Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, and The Buck Family Fund of The Marin Community Foundation.

    Arts in Medicine Literature Review from Grantmakers in the Arts
    A new review from Grantmakers in the Arts explores how arts in medicine can contribute to improved healthcare outcomes, better patient and staff satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs. Click here to access the full review.

    Hospital Standards to Promote Optimal Surgical Care of the Older Adult
    The Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery has recently released the first comprehensive set of hospital-level surgical care standards for older adults in the Annals of Surgery. This report is funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. Click here to read the full press release.

    Improving Care for High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients
    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently released the second in a series of reports designed to improve care for high-need, high-cost Medicare beneficiaries. This report is funded by The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation. Click here to learn more and access the full report.

    U.S. Senate Panel Shines Spotlight on Needs of Dementia Caregivers

    The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held an important public hearing in April entitled, “The Arc of Alzheimer’s: From Preventing Cognitive Decline in Americans to Assuring Quality Care for those Living with the Disease.” Read more and watch a full recording of the hearing.

    New Hampshire Seniors Pen Poems in New Arts
    Education Program
    A partnership between the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire has lead to a new arts education program for adults over age 55 in Grafton County, NH. The Experience/Arts program recently received a $49,250 grant from the Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Artful Aging initiative to fill the need for more accessible and substantive arts programs among older adults. Click here to learn more.

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

    :::May 4, 23pm ET
    New Models for Senior Transportation: The Rise of the Sharing Economy
    :::May 16, 23pm ET
    High Stakes for Older Adults in 2017: Understanding and Fighting Against Federal Threats to Safety Net
    GIA Members-Only Webinar

    :::June 21–23
    GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
    Boston, MA

    :::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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