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::: February 2018

Invitation to Innovation Workshop a Success
Our health care system can be overwhelming for anyone, but particularly for people with complex health and social needs, who tend to get the poorest outcomes at the highest cost. The Invitation to Innovation meeting that GIA ran last week in collaboration with Grantmakers In Health offered funders an excellent opportunity to learn from experts on health system transformation and the social determinants of health, and from one another, about how to tackle this challenge. Our thanks to West Health for sharing their beautiful La Jolla, CA meeting space with us, and to the Five Foundations Collaborative, which sponsored the meeting and has provided important leadership in this field. Learn more about the initiative here

Continue the Conversation
The meeting is over but the conversation continues. Join us for a series of monthly funders-only phone calls that will give you a chance to present your own questions and challenges and connect with other foundations working to improve care. The first call is Wednesday, February 21, at 12 noon ET. A full schedule and details are available here

Ford Foundation Panel Asks, Who Will Care for Us?
To support the large percentage of older people who wish to age in place, a strong home care workforce is essential, but our system doesn’t do enough to train, pay, or protect the people who provide this care. I recently joined a panel convened by the Ford Foundation, featuring MIT economist Paul Osterman; Alicia George, chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, president of the National Black Nurses Foundation, and president-elect of the AARP; and Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice and co-director of Caring Across Generations.

L to R, Sarita Gupta, Co-director, Caring Across Generations; John Feather, CEO, GIA; Alicia George, president-elect, AARP, discuss “Who Will Care for Us? On long-term care and its essential work force” at the Ford Foundation in New York City, January 25, 2018.

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 hereThe deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Sponsorship Opportunities
Your support for the 2018 GIA Annual Conference can make a meaningful difference. Please consider becoming a sponsor today. We are proud that the Plough Foundation, Archstone Foundation, and Cambia Health Foundation have already signed on as Premier Sponsors.

To learn more, please review our 2018 Sponsorship Brochure or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Programs & Membership, at 703.413.0413 x102 or

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.  

Challenges of Rural Aging
Rural communities have their own unique strengths but are often overlooked, resulting in unmet needs that can make the challenges of aging harder to handle. 

GIA continues to work on rural aging, including drawing attention to the community-wide impact of the opioid epidemic. John Feather writes about this in his latest HuffPost blog, “Beyond Addiction: How Older People are Forgotten in the Opioid Crisis.”  

What else should philanthropy be doing in rural America? A new three-part series in Philanthropy Daily poses that question. They want to increase the dialogue and are seeking your comments. Find the articles (which cite GIA’s initiatives) and share your perspective here



The Tivity Health Rural Aging Summit
“Aging in Rural America: The Growing Crisis, A Movement for Change,” brought together voices from Tivity Health, Health eVillages, the MIT AgeLab, Jefferson College of Population Health, and the National Rural Health Association in Washington, DC, to explore collaborative solutions to rural aging issues. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a member of the Rural Health Caucus and former Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, also attended. Reflections from Tivity Health CEO Donato Tramuto here

Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) have announced the winners of the 2017 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.

Award recipients will be honored at a reception during the Aging in America Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Parc 55, Market Street Room (Level 3): Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Waltham, Massachusetts for its program, Percolator Memory Café Network; Florida State University Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida, for its program, ACTS 2 Project: African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training and Support; and ARTZ Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for its program, ARTZ @ Jeff: An Arts and Dementia Mentoring Initiative.

View detailed information on the winning programs here.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Announces Awards to Build Healthy Communities
More than $1.57 million in grants was distributed to the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund initiatives, supporting programs that grow, distribute and/or market fresh food for families and communities. The Foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to 900+ nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in 2017.

Find the Foundation’s 2017 major grant recipients here.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Supports Media Coverage of Rural Health Care
A six-month series from Next Avenue — “Strengthening Rural Health Care for Older Adults” — will explore health care disparities for older adults in rural communities and profile innovative solutions. To date, this series, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation, has covered rural hospital closures, alcoholism and treatment, social isolation, telemedicine, and how the opioid crisis has affected rural older adults. Read it all 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.

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

West Health’s Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit
There’s still time to register for this dynamic panel of speakers in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Learn more here.

Eisner Foundation 2017 Annual Report
Look back at their year in grantmaking, aimed at uniting multiple generations for the betterment of our communities, here

Shelley Lyford Named to San Diego Business Journal’s SD500
Shelley Lyford is the youngest CEO to lead West Health, a collection of organizations focused on seniors and aging. In her role, she oversees the Gary and Mary West Foundation, now the second-largest private foundation in San Diego, which includes The West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and the medical research arm West Health Institute. Read more here.

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 "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

Conversations with GIA
Pay for Success: A Tool to Finance and Support Successful Aging
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm EST

Pay-for-Success, also known as Social Impact Bonds, presents attractive opportunities for funders in the aging space to serve as catalysts to seed and scale proven interventions in new and promising ways. Join The Kresge Foundation, Quantified Ventures, and Meals on Wheels America as they introduce a relatively new financial instrument that enables funders to deploy capital to solve underfunded social problems and provide a return on that investment, by aligning funders, service providers, and beneficiaries (such as governments, healthcare systems, employers) around measurable outcomes that drive meaningful impact and create sustainable funding streams.

Speakers: Ellie Hollander, President & CEO, Meals on Wheels America; Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures; Michael Shaw, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation; Lucy Theilheimer, Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, Meals on Wheels America.

Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging.

Sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation. No CEU credits are not available for this webinar.

Click here to register.

::: Missed a webinar? Check out these recordings.
Age-Friendly Communities & Rural America: The Transportation Challenge

    The Playbook for Better Care
    Curated resources for providers, payors, policy makers, and funders seeking to improve care for people with complex health and social needs. Supported by the Five Foundations Collaborative: The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. Find The Playbook here

    GIA Issue Brief: Senior Hunger
    Explore the latest trends in this growing problem and what foundations can do, and are doing, to address it. Read more here

    Dementia-Friendly Communities Toolkit
    This toolkit from the Minnesota coalition ACT on Alzheimer's® provides practice tools, dementia trainings, and related resources. Find the Toolkit here

    California Health Care Foundation
    Seeks a Program Associate, Program Officer (temporary), Senior Learning and Impact Officer, and a Controller.
    Learn more here

    The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
    Seeks a Program Director and a Grants Administrator.
    Learn more here

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    February 16, 2018
    2:30 PM EST
    A Conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande
    Funders-only calls on complex care
    Noon-1pm ET
    Wednesday, February 21
    Wednesday, March 21
    Wednesday, April 25
    Wednesday, May 16
    Wednesday, June 13

    March 8
    2:00 PM EST
    Pay for Success: A Tool to Finance and Support Successful Aging

    October 17–19, 2018
    2018 GIA Annual Conference

    Memphis, TN
    The Peabody

    Thanks to GIA members who renewed in 2017:

    AARP Foundation
    Agua Fund
    Albany Guardian Society Operating Foundation
    American Federation for Aging Research
    Archstone Foundation
    Bader Philanthropies
    Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
    Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
    California HealthCare Foundation
    Capital Impact
    Commonwealth Fund
    Consumer Technology Association Foundation
    Daughters of Charity of St. Louis Foundation
    Easter Seals
    Eisner Foundation
    Empire Health Foundation
    Endowment for Health
    Florida Blue Foundation
    Gary & Mary West Foundation
    Good Samaritan Society Foundation
    H.W. Durham Foundation
    Habitat for Humanity
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
    Health Foundation for Western & Central New York
    Isaac H. Tuttle Fund
    Jewish Federation of North America
    Jewish Healthcare Fdn
    John A. Hartford Foundation
    John Gogian Family Foundation
    John Muir/Mt. Diablo
    Luella Hannan Memorial Fdn
    Luthern Services of America
    Maine Community Foundation
    Maine Health Access Foundation
    Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
    Massachusetts Senior and Assisted Living Communities Foundation
    Mat-Su Health Foundation
    May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
    Meals on Wheels of America
    Metta Fund
    Michigan Health Endowment Fund
    Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation
    National Alzheimer's Association
    New Jersey Foundation for Aging
    Next50 Initiative
    Osteopathic Heritage Fdn of Nelsonville
    Peterson HealthCare
    Presbyterian Villages of MI Foundation
    Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
    Research to Prevent Blindness
    Rochester Area Community Fdn
    Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Fdn
    Rose Community Foundation
    Sailors' Snug Harbor of Boston
    Santa Barbara Founation
    Sierra Health Foundation
    Southwest Initiative Foundation
    St. David's Foundation
    The Cleveland Foundation
    The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
    The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fdn.
    The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio
    The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation
    The McGregor Foundation
    The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Fdn
    The Mt. Sinai Health Care Fdn
    The Patterson Foundation
    The Plough Foundation
    The Retirement Research Fdn
    The Robert Wood Johnson Fdn
    The SCAN Foundation
    Tivity Health
    Tufts Health Plan Foundation
    United Methodist Retirement Communities
    Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
    WellMed Charitable Foundation
    West End Home Foundation
    Westlake Health Foundation
    Winter Park Health Foundation

    And thanks to new members who have joined so far in 2018:

    Dolby Family Fund
    Fremont Area Community Foundation

    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


    New Member Benefits
    GIA is pleased to announce new discounted vendor services that we can extend to our members (regular and affiliate) via GIA’s membership with United Philanthropy Forum. Philanthropy-serving organizations and their members can enjoy discounts from:
    • Alliance Magazine
    • Bromelkamp Company
    • ClickTime
    • Community Foundation Services
    • D&O Insurance
    • Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center
    • The Foundation Review
    • Foundation Legal Help Desk
    • GuideStar
    • PhilanTrack
    • ReadyTalk
    • RingCentral
    • Stanford Social Innovation Review
    Read more about these discounts on GIA’s Membership Benefits page.

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

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