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::: September 2017
Issues in Focus
In the month of September, GIA will be focused on last-minute preparations for this year’s annual conference, which will be held at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, October 18–20, 2017. When this newsletter hits your inbox, there will only be 29 business days until the conference kicks off — and only seven days until the early bird deadline. If you would like to take advantage of discounted registration fees, you will need to register by the close of business, September 15. Even if you don’t act before the early bird deadline, be aware that interest in this year’s conference is high, and some events are already selling out. The room block at the hotel is also quickly filling up. So, act today to reserve your space at what is shaping up to be one of our best events ever.

Here’s everything you need to register:
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it’s always good to remind ourselves that vulnerable populations, including many older adults, often face the most severe challenges during natural disasters. GIA has an Issue Brief on the needs of older people in natural disasters and the role for philanthropy. Written by Jenny Campbell, PhD, it draws on the lessons learned in previous disasters, gives examples of past responses by funders, and offers information resources, including potential partners and essential organizations.
Harvey Relief
Beyond the brief, there is more we all can do. AARP Foundation — a GIA member — has created a relief fund to support the victims of this disaster. AARP and AARP Foundation will match — dollar for dollar — contributions up to a total of $1 million. Working with their state offices in the affected areas, AARP will direct 100 percent of all funds raised to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims.

GIA will be following this course. Each year, our board members and staff make a personal donation to a small charitable fund here at GIA. This year, we have decided make a contribution from that fund to the AARP effort. We invite you to do the same. To make a donation to the AARP relief fund donation, click here.

Other ways GIA members are helping Hurricane Harvey victims:
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation will match employee and board member contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations providing hurricane relief to Southeast Texas communities. Normally, we only support nonprofits in communities where we do business. In this extraordinary case, the Foundation will match donations made between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6. The Foundation’s match, up to a total of $50,000, will be donated to the local Red Cross to assist Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
  • The Patterson Foundation has contributed $250,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Full details are available at this blog.
  • The Jewish Federations of North America and other GIA members have created disaster relief funds to address the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To learn what fellow GIA members are doing in response to provide food, shelter, counseling and more, you can visit the GIA members only Google search page and type in “Hurricane Harvey.”
New Opioid Paper Published
Another disaster facing older Americans, especially those living in rural areas, is opioid misuse. As part of our rural aging initiative, GIA recently released a new paper: Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders.

It offers a fresh perspective, broadening the discussion, highlighting the needs and concerns of older adults, and describing proven programs, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses that governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies can support and expand.

You can also read the full press release here.

Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders is made possible by funding from Tivity Health and Empire Health Foundation and is the second paper GIA has published as part of its rural aging initiative. The first was New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging.


Welcome to Our New GIA Members!
To see a full listing of GIA members, please check out the Membership Roster List.

New Report Released on Dementia-Friendly Activities Across the Commonwealth
Tufts Health Plan Foundation today released Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Commonwealth: What We Have and What We Need. The report provides a comprehensive look at the current activities and resources in place to support populations over 65 years old and those living with dementia and their caregivers. It offers recommendations for building age- and dementia-friendly communities, identifies gaps in resources for this growing population, and includes strategies to increase those supports. To read the full report, click here.

The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Recognized for Its Philanthropic Programs and Services
The work of the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation continues to be recognized. In May, the Foundation received the Case Western Reserve University’s President’s Award for Visionary Achievement for having made a profound, positive, and lasting impact upon the mission of the University. In October, Mt. Sinai will be honored by the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County in a program to benefit transportation services for older adults. You can read about both of these honors in the Foundation’s summer newsletter.

Foundation Executive Announces Retirement
The executive leadership of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations will transition at the end of the year as Richard (Rick) Vincent, 69, retires from his longtime position as President and CEO of the Foundations and affiliate organizations. Read more here.

2017 State of Grandfamilies in America Report Release Event
Generations United will hold its 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report release event on Sept. 13 on Capitol Hill. The report will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing, and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma. To register for this event, click here. RSVP by Sept. 8. Registration is for people planning on attending the event in person.

Age-Friendly Webinar Series
GIA is beginning a series of webinars designed to encourage greater philanthropic engagement in age-friendly efforts across the country. The objective of the series is to bring attention to topics and issues that relate to Age-Friendly community efforts and the challenges they face.
Supporting Age-Friendly Efforts at the State/Regional Level
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 2pm Eastern
While age friendly efforts need to be grounded at the local level, there are opportunities to improve the success of those efforts by working at the state/regional level to remove obstacles and address policy constraints. Please join GIA for our first webinar of the series as we learn about two age-friendly initiatives underway in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

New Hampshire’s diverse stakeholders in aging issues have come together to redefine aging through a collective impact process, which hinges on the idea of building a shared vision to create age-friendly communities through collaborative efforts across the state. This process began in 2014 with the creation of a shared vision to form age-friendly communities, and to support the development of innovative solutions for long-term care.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a network of leaders in community, health and wellness, government, advocacy, research, business, education, and philanthropy who have come together to advance healthy aging. The Collaborative has adopted a multi-dimensional model that aligns with the World Health Organization’s definition of active aging, supporting activities that “optimize opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” Click here to register.

Presenters: Kelly Laflamme, Program Director, Endowment for Health, Concord, New Hampshire, and James Fuccione, Senior Director, Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative
Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
No CEUs are available for this webinar.
Conversations with GIA 
Measure Something: Evaluation for Everybody
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern
The importance and availability of data has never been higher than today. However, too often data analysis is viewed as the domains of specialists, limiting opportunities for learning. Although random controlled trials with outside evaluation remains the gold standard, there are easier ways to get empirical data which can be used to improve decision making depending on the requirements. This presentation takes as its starting point Dr. Atul Gawande’s charge: “If you count something you find interesting, you will learn something interesting.” We will review a simpler yet effective measurement approach for senior health, then have an interactive exercise to practice and build confidence. Click here to register.

Presenter: Mike Yeaton, Chief Strategy Officer, Empire Health Foundation
Moderator: John Feather, PhD, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
Sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation.
No CEUs are available for this webinar.

::: 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
    Call for Nominations for Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy
    Grantmakers In Health is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The call for nominations opened September 1 and will extend through Friday, December 1. Funders interested in submitting a nomination should review the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy nomination packet, which outlines eligibility and submission guidelines.

    Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Supports for Grandfamilies
    Generations United has a valuable resource to offer that can be used in conjunction with GIA’s opioid efforts. The Generations United report offers recommendations to help guide the development of supportive federal and state policies and services for grandfamilies. Download the full report here. Download the infographic here.
    Hurricane Harvey Recovery Webinar
    On August 29, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations hosted “Hurricane Harvey Recovery: How Donors Can Help,” a webinar that gathered several expert panelists to discuss catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana, and how to allocate resources—human, financial, and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Harvey-affected communities. Watch the webinar recording to learn more about recovery challenges and opportunities.
    Elder Abuse: ERs Learn How to Protect a Vulnerable Population
    The Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT), a program launched in April at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center ER, looks to help ER docs recognize elder abuse and acts as a first line of defense. Read more about the VEPT program, which was initially funded by a small grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation and is now fully funded by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

    A National Strategy for Palliative Care
    A Health Affairs article by several John A. Hartford Foundation grantees, including the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s Diane Meier, along with JAHF’s Amy Berman, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Janet Corrigan, outlines the gaps in a more coordinated national palliative care strategy and discusses the necessary steps to make palliative care more accessible to the millions of people with serious illness. Read more on the JAHF site.

    Health Affairs blog: Making Investments in Rural Health

    In a recent post for Health Affairs, Allen Smart, director of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis project at Campbell University, describes key tenets of being a better rural funder. Smart was previously senior vice president and interim president of the North Carolina-based Kate B. Reynolds Trust and serves on the steering committee of GIA’s rural aging initiative. Read the post here.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::September 21, 2pm Eastern
    Age-Friendly Series: Supporting Age-Friendly Efforts at the State/Regional Level
    :::October 5, 2pm Eastern
    Conversations with GIA: Measure Something: Evaluation for Everybody

    :::October 18–20
    GIA Annual Conference
    Boston, MA

    Not yet a GIA member? Consider these exclusive benefits available to all GIA members:

    GIA’s Annual Conference (with a special member discount)

    Members-only opportunities to propose, design, and lead Annual Conference sessions

    Trustees and CEOs meetings at Annual Conference

    Special members-only webinar series

    Special members-only search engine focused on member Web sites

    Private GIA membership and grants directory

    Opportunity to join funders-only collaboratives: Age-friendly Communities, and Rural Aging

    Opportunities to share your projects and news and have GIA promote them


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