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::: August 2017
Issues in Focus
As part of our commitment to bringing you relevant and useful news about aging philanthropy, GIA will be focusing each month on a theme or topic that we hope you will find engaging, and featuring related resources across GIA’s portfolio of communication channels: Aging Matters, emails, news on our website, webinars, Facebook (@GrantmakersInAging) and Twitter (@GIAging).

The theme for August is Rural Aging and Opioids. In the coming weeks, GIA will publish a paper on the impact of the opioid epidemic in rural communities, titled “Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders.” This publication is supported by Tivity Health and Empire Health Foundation, and is part of our larger rural aging initiative, supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. We will alert you when it is available.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the following resource from GIA member AARP:

AARP Special Report: The New Caregivers: Grandparents fill gaps in drug-ravaged families
Grandparents are stepping up to raise the growing number of children with parents who cannot care for them because of opioid addiction. Click here to read the full report and learn more about the many victims of all ages in the opioid epidemic.

At the 21st IAGG World Conference of Gerontology and Geriatrics, held recently in San Francisco, I had the honor of presenting insights from GIA’s work on building communities that are great places to grow up and grow old in a session titled The Age Friendly Communities Movement: Creating, Managing and Sustaining Communities for All. My distinguished co-presenters (pictured below) were Dr. John Beard, Director of the Aging and Life Course Department at the World Health Organization and Dr. Kathleen Brasher, consultant to the Council on the Ageing of Victoria, Australia. While together, we celebrated the 500th age-friendly community to join the movement — London.

(pictured left to right: Dr. John Beard, Dr. Kathleen Brasher, Dr. John Feather)

GIA also used the opportunity to convene our steering committee for the new GIA grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Several members were visiting from countries around the world. The project will examine the best international ideas for age-friendly communities and how they may be adapted for use in this country.
Metta Fund, a San Francisco-based funder that has increased its emphasis on aging, hosted the first meeting of a new northern California aging funders group, which brought together a host of regional funders. If you are interested in joining, please contact Janet Spears, Executive Director, at

And of course, I greatly enjoyed seeing many of you throughout the conference, and at the reception that GIA hosted with Metta Fund.

Register for the 2017 GIA Annual Conference
Registration is open for this year’s Annual Conference! We are excited to invite you to join us in Boston from October 18–20, 2017. This year, for the first time, all registration will take place on the easy-to-use 2017 GIA Annual Conference website. The new conference website has links for registration, the agenda (with speaker bios and session descriptions), and hotel and travel information.

Also new this year: A conference mobile app, which will allow you to see the full event schedule sorted by day, rate sessions, find sessions and locations with event maps, access presenter materials, and more. More information about how to download the app will be coming soon, so continue to check the Annual Conference page on our website for updates and more information.


Welcome to Our New GIA Members!
Commonwealth Fund-supported Study Cited in Washington Post Health Care Debate Coverage
At the height of the Senate health care debate over proposed Medicaid cuts, an analysis by the Washington Post Wonkblog (“1 Million Jobs on the Line as Senate Votes on Health Care”) featured a report by the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, supported by the Commonwealth Fund, which looked at the legislation’s economic impact. See the coverage and read the entire report here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Backs New Study on Philanthropy and Rural Health
RWJF has awarded a $730,000 grant to Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina to fund the Rural Philanthropic Analysis — an 18-month national exploration to create, identify, and enhance new ideas and insights to improve the practice and impact of charitable organizations to support healthy, equitable rural communities. Project director is Allen Smart, former senior vice president and interim president of the Kate B. Reynolds Trust, and a member of the steering committee of GIA’s rural aging initiative. Learn more here.

West Health Launches Voter Education Campaign on High Health Care Costs
West Health has created resources, including a check list of questions and a sample letter, for voters to send their elected officials regarding the high cost of healthcare. The campaign aims to inform voters about policies and hold officials accountable for how the legislative changes impact healthcare costs for all Americans. Learn more and access resources.

Journey of a Giving Family: Profile on Bader Philanthropies
For David and Dan Bader, vice president and CEO/president of Bader Philanthropies, respectively, philanthropy has always been part of their family. This profile explores how the brothers followed in their parents’ giving footsteps and how their experiences with different ethnicities in school inspired them to start Bader Philanthropies and extend their family’s lifestyle of giving and entrepreneurship. Read the full profile.

Tivity Health Sponsors Rural Aging Convening
Tivity Health presented the inaugural Connectivity Summit in Portsmouth, NH, in collaboration with the MIT AgeLab, the Jefferson College of Population Health, and Health eVillages. More than 80 experts, including John Feather, attended to identify and prioritize ways to catalyze change in our rural aging population. Learn more here and see several videos from presenters including John Feather, Joseph Coughlin of MIT, Lori Parham of AARP Maine, and Susan Stiles of National Council on Aging.
SCAN Foundation Releases Annual Report
In 2016, The SCAN Foundation celebrated its eighth year of working to improve the lives of older adults and their families. Its annual report, Aging with Dignity: Advancing Person-Centered Care Models, reviews their Person-Centered Care Initiative, including a return on investment (ROI) calculator, the panel the Foundation hosted at the Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight Health, and their work on behalf of Americans with complex care needs, collaborating with The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more.

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Becomes United Philanthropy Forum
United Philanthropy Forum, formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, has unveiled a new name and new visual identity. GIA is a member of the United Philanthropy Forum, which has expanded its membership to include national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), primarily national issue-, identity-, and practice-based philanthropy affinity groups, representing more than 7,000 foundations and other philanthropic organizations — making it the largest network-serving philanthropy in America. Learn more.

Generations United Prepares for Grandparents Day 2017

Since 2011, Generations United has spearheaded an annual campaign to honor 70 million grandparents and encourage all generations to “Do Something Grand on Grandparents Day” (September 10, 2017). GIA is a supporting partner, as are the Eisner Foundation, National Council on Aging, LeadingAge, Village to Village Network, and many others. Learn more.

Conversations with GIA 
Meeting the Health Needs of Rural Elderly: Making Use of Interactive Data Resources to Improve Health and Target New Services
Monday, August 14, 2–3pm Eastern
Rural America is receiving renewed attention due to the great health disparities found therein, but often those who fund programs and create policy do not know where or how to access the wealth of data already available. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis is a leader in documenting and highlighting rural disparities in health status and access to treatment services. Center staff will introduce participants to important data resources, highlighting key rural aging data. The presentation will include a demonstration of the interactive Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences tool, which includes mortality data for the ten leading causes of death by rurality and age group, for each of the ten Department of Health and Human Services regions, as well as the Appalachian and Delta regions. The webinar will also link participants to useful data and implementation resources, and demonstrate how these resources can be used within their regions and localities to demonstrate need and target interventions. Click here to register.

Presenter: Michael Meit, MA, MPH, Co-Director, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at the University of Chicago
Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging

::: 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
    The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation Seeks Program Officer
    The goal of The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation is to create and implement philanthropy, while working with grant partners to multiply the impact of each investment they make in the areas of social justice, homelessness, hunger, health and medicine, education, and arts and culture. The Program Officer manages the Foundation’s grant process from concept to award or declination from the many inquiries that the Foundation receives, among other responsibilities. Click here to learn more and apply.

    The John A. Hartford Foundation Aging Society Index
    The Index uses five indicators (productivity and engagement, well-being, equity, cohesion, and security) to provide a new barometer for measuring the health of aging populations. Presented first at IAGG by John Rowe, MD, of Columbia University and Dana Goldman, PhD, of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, and funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. Learn more.

    NY Times on Proposed Changes to Medicaid Funding
    In “Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You,” author Ron Lieber discusses how proposed Medicaid cuts could have a devastating impact on the levels of care available, especially home- and community-based care. Learn more.

    Jump-Starting Hard Conversations as the End Nears

    Discussing end-of-life plans with a loved one is often avoided, but as Kaiser Health News reports, websites like can help facilitate advance care planning. GIA funders include Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::August 14, 2–3pm Eastern
    Conversations with GIA: Meeting the Health Needs of Rural Elderly

    :::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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