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::: January 2018
Invitation to Innovation Initiative
It’s not too late to join Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and Grantmakers In Health (GIH) for an exciting funders-only learning event: An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and Communities.

This immersive, one-day, funders-only workshop, taking place on January 30, 2018, in La Jolla, CA, offers an opportunity to explore evidence-based innovations and models of care that improve health equity and champion system transformation addressing critical social determinants of health.

The event will include leading experts and experienced practitioners, with plenty of time for interactive sharing and learning, for program staff from foundations of any size to strengthen their grantmaking on behalf of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, including youth, older adults, LGBTQI people, low-income communities, immigrants, and people of color.

You can register here and more details are available here. We hope to see you in La Jolla!

In December, I was honored to accept the 2017 Ophelia Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Council on Aging at its annual awards dinner in Washington, DC. The award recognizes Ophelia Rinaldi, a social worker and founding member of the National Hispanic Council on Aging who passed away in October 2017 at the age of 84. She was inducted into the AARP New Mexico Hall of Fame and New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department for her volunteer advocacy work on behalf of New Mexico seniors.

NHCOA is the nation’s premier organization focused on improving the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers. I would like to personally congratulate NHCOA for continuing to live by the spirit of Ophelia Rinaldi.

(l. to r.) Cindy Padilla, board chair of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, congratulates John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, on receiving the Ophelia Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award. December 12, 2017, Washington, DC.

Call for Proposals Is Open
Do you want to make an important contribution to our next Annual Conference, coming up in October in Memphis? The GIA Call for Proposals is now open. Proposing conference sessions is an exclusive GIA member benefit. Share your ideas here.
Sponsorship Opportunities
There’s still time to become a sponsor for the 2018 conference as well. Explore the benefits of sponsorship in our new brochure and email John Feather with any questions or call him at 703.413.0413.

Happy Anniversary, “Conversations with GIA”
We’re thrilled to be celebrating five years of our webinar series, “Conversations with GIA,” sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation. As a special milestone, we’ve invited the renowned Atul Gawande, MD, author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, to join us in February. More details lower in this letter, or in this registration link.  

John Feather on “Embracing the Older and Wiser”
An interview with GivingCompass on philanthropy and its role in addressing social isolation, rural aging, family caregiving, and more. Read it here



The John A. Hartford Foundation Awards New Grants to Improve Care
The three new grants will total more than $800,000 and will improve the care of older adults by:
  • Helping disseminate lessons on innovative models of care through the journal Health Affairs’ Aging & Health series;
  • Supporting the Eldercare Workforce Alliance to advance policy solutions to ensure an age-friendly workforce; and
  • Assisting health system leaders to adopt more effective approaches to complex care through continued development of the Better Care Playbook, created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with The Commonwealth Fund, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation.
Read more about the grants here.

2018 AARP Purpose Prize Call for Nominations
AARP is now accepting nominations for the 2018 AARP® Purpose Prize®. The AARP Purpose Prize award honors exceptional individuals who have tapped their wealth of experience to create new and unique solutions to long-standing problems and challenges. In 2018, to coincide with AARP’s 60th Anniversary, five winners will receive $60,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Additionally, AARP will select a set of Fellows to round out this year’s “class.” Fellows will receive $5,000 each and will also a have access to a number of supports and technical assistance.

The call for nominations runs until March 6, 2018. Learn more on the award website.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $1.1 Million to Advance Policies and Practices Supporting Healthy Aging
The eight new grants support initiatives to engage and train more advocates to participate in policy discussions; extend dementia-friendly programs to new communities; and address gaps limiting access to services and healthy, nutritious food. All are aligned with the Foundation’s focus on support for communities that work for everyone. Read more here.

A Mission with Impact: New West Health Video for the New Year
Each year, West Health assesses progress against its successful aging mission. This year, the Foundation created a video to capture how it improves the lives of vulnerable seniors in San Diego and across the nation. Please take a moment to watch the video, “Mission with Impact,” and feel free to share the video on your social media channels. And visit the web to see how West Health is bringing its mission to life by innovating new models of senior care.

Elevating State Progress on LTSS: The Pacesetter Awards
This webinar featuring The SCAN Foundation’s VP of Policy and Communications, Gretchen Alkema, offers a discussion of how states can improve long-term services and supports so that individuals and their family caregivers can live with dignity and indepdence and features the best practices of four states recently recognized with Pacesetter Awards. Watch the recording here

Want to Help Alleviate Our Nation’s Healthcare Woes? Nourish Seniors
This powerful blog by Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of GIA member Meals on Wheels America, argues that “It’s time to treat food as a powerful medicine — resulting in improved health outcomes for seniors and improved financial health for our country.” Read more here.

WellMed Charitable Foundation Supports Caregivers
This GIA member issued an RFP for grants to support seniors and their caregivers in metro areas in Florida and Texas. Deadline is February 15, 2018. Learn more here.

Inside Philanthropy: Which Funders are Confronting an Aging America?
This article explores the range of foundations working in the aging space, including The John A. Hartford Foundation, Archstone Foundation, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the John Gogian Family Foundation, and the Eisner Foundation, and quotes our own John Feather. Read more here.

Age-Friendly Communities and Rural America: The Transportation Challenge
Jan. 18, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

There are approximately 10 million people age 65 and older living in rural America and small towns where transportation options tend to be more limited. Access to transportation is a huge determining factor in aging well; in fact, transportation:
  • Is critical for community engagement, independence, and self-determination.
  • Is key to combat isolation
  • Supports economic security and volunteerism
  • Provides access to healthcare and preventive services, nutrition, and other social opportunities 
  • Provides much needed support to caregivers
As the age-friendly movement takes root in rural America, it is changing in response to the specific dynamics and character of rural communities. Join us as we hear from representatives of two foundations and one local association of governments who embrace the fundamental need for rural aging transportation, and have taken the first steps to build and fund programs, and championed the importance of partnerships.

Register here.

Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Laura Mason, MA, Program Officer, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer, St. David’s Foundation
Amy St. Peter, MPA, Assistant Director, Maricopa Association of Governments


Conversations with GIA
A Conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande
Friday, February 16, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm Eastern

Please join GIA for a special webinar celebrating five years of our monthly "Conversations with GIA" series, made possible through the sponsorship of The John A. Hartford Foundation. To celebrate this milestone, we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Atul Gawande, surgeon, writer, and public health researcher.

Recently honored as one of the 40 Smartest People in Healthcare, Atul Gawande MD, MPH, practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.

Dr. Gawande has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

Special thanks to The John A. Hartford Foundation for their support of the Conversations with GIA series.

Click here to register


    Hospital stays can by upsetting and even dangerous for people living with dementia. A new Massachusetts report, Recommendations from the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee, has actionable recommendations for any state or hospital. Download it here. 

    Explore the many ways to get involved in supporting rural aging in GIA’s guide, New Frontiers for Funding.

    Intergenerational strategies have unique power and great appeal. Find opportunities for funders in this GIA Issue Brief authored by Nancy Henkin, PhD, Senior Fellow, and Emily Patrick, Project Manager, Generations United. 

    Value-Based Payment Strategies for Patients with Complex Health and Social Needs. A new webinar and the latest addition to The Playbook, a compendium of curated resources funded by The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. Find the recording here

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    January 18, 2018
    2:00 PM EST
    Age-Friendly Communities and Rural America: The Transportation Challenge

    January 30, 2018
    An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and Communities

    One-day funders-only learning event, La Jolla, CA
    February 16, 2018
    2:30 PM EST
    A Conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande

    October 17–19, 2018
    2018 GIA Annual Conference

    Memphis, TN
    The Peabody

    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


    To learn more about GIA membership or how to join, please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson.

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    Phone 703.413.0413

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