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::: March 2018

Join us for Reframing Aging Summit
Hopefully you’re planning to attend the Aging in America Conference in San Francisco March 26–29. If you are, we hope you’ll join us for a Reframing Aging Summit to learn more about the ReFraming Aging Initiative and to take advantage of technical assistance.

You have two options to participate:
  1. On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, you can join GIA in the Imperial AB (Ballroom Level) room at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square for an evidence-based strategies session. In this theory-to-practice session, learn how to frame your messages and what cues to avoid when communicating about ageism, demographic change, and other policy issues. Participants are invited to bring a short communication to the session to work on with the session leaders. Pre-registration is required.
  2. Or, you can visit AiA Exhibit Hall Booth # 507 throughout the conference for free, in-person technical assistance on your resources on aging. Bring examples of your written work and receive feedback, guidance on modifying your communications, and input on how to change perceptions about aging.
We are accepting advance appointments and walk-ins, but booth appointments are limited so apply today here. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Not able to attend the Aging in America Conference? Click here for information about the ReFraming Aging Initiative, or contact or

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

John Feather Elected to National Academy of Social Insurance
The Academy recently announced that 52 new distinguished experts have been elected to the Academy. Its mission is to increase public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and encompasses established social insurance programs — Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid — as well as related areas of healthcare policy, long-term services and supports, paid leave, other social assistance programs, and private employee benefits. Congratulations, John! Find the full list here


GIA Welcomes New Members
Say hello to the Dolby Family Fund, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, and the Williamsburg Health Foundation!

The Humana Foundation Reshapes Its Funding Strategy
Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana Foundation, with Walter D. Woods now at the helm as Chief Executive Officer, is evolving its overall funding strategy to focus on upstream social determinants of health. Examples include asset and financial security, food security, and social connection.

Although the Foundation will remain focused on making a positive impact in the communities it serves, it will now do so by making fewer, bigger grants, over time … as opposed to a larger number of smaller annual grants.

Below are the highlights of what the Foundation is planning for 2018:
  • All Humana Foundation grants will go to organizations in our eight “original” Bold Goal communities: Louisville; San Antonio; New Orleans; Baton Rouge; Knoxville; Tampa Bay; Broward County, Florida; and Jacksonville.
  • In Louisville, the Foundation will also continue to fund select local organizations, nonprofits that align to the Foundation’s new strategy and/or with whom the Foundation has a long-standing history of support through a new Corporate Headquarters Community Relations program.
Read more about Humana Foundation’s new funding strategy, including a set of key definitions, here.
West Health’s Shelley Lyford on Healthcare Costs “Steamrolling” Americans
In a guest op-ed for Morning Consult, Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health, discusses the problems of high costs, particularly for older adults. Read the piece here.

PBS Special: Incredible Aging: Adding Life to Your Years
This hourlong documentary explores the latest scientific research on healthy aging and features interviews with leading experts in gerontology, neuroscience, biology, nutrition, and medicine, coupled with animation that explains the science in a detailed but accessible way. Sixteen of the 21 experts featured in the program grantees and/or serve in leadership positions on the board of directors of GIA member AFAR (American Federation for Aging Research), including Stephen Austad, PhD, AFAR Scientific Director, who served as scientific consultant on the script. Airing nationally now; check your local listings.

Commonwealth Fund’s Blumenthal on Social Isolation
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, David Blumenthal, MD, president of the Commonwealth Fund, explores solutions to this driver of poor health in “The High Health Cost of Social Isolation—and How to Cure It.” Read more here.

AARP Foundation Offers Free Tax Prep
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers — especially those 50 and older — at nearly 5,000 locations nationwide. Learn more here.

Social Determinants of Health and Case Management
Erin Westphal of The SCAN Foundation and Kelly Pfeifer of the California Health Care Foundation’s High Value Care Team are quoted in this article on how addressing social determinants is key to transforming healthcare system and the critical role that care managers play in working with complex-care populations. Read more here. Interested funders may also want to join the GIA/GIH-sponsored series of monthly calls on approaches to improving complex care. Learn more here.

Milken Institute Report Calls on Business Leaders to Capitalize on the Opportunities of an Aging Population
To discuss the significance of population aging for the business sector and society at large, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, with the collaboration and support of the M Center of Excellence at The American College of Financial Services, convened the 2017 Summit on Business and the Future of Aging in Los Angeles. “Silver to Gold: The Business of Aging” is the culminating document from this summit. Read more and download the report here.

The Milken Institute has also published an essay collection, “The Business of Aging,” with PBS’ Next Avenue. The essay authors confront ageism and make the case for older workers; reveal opportunities for innovative products and services for a changing demography; and encourage businesses to focus on the health and wealth of their employees and customers. Read more here.

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.

Age-Friendly Webinar Series

Social isolation: Impact and Age-Friendly Interventions
March 22, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

Loneliness or social isolation among older adults has been demonstrated to adversely impact both mental and physical wellbeing. Recent studies have outlined that social isolation among older adults is associated with increased health care spending by Medicare. Some suggest that social isolation should be considered a social determinant of health.

In Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May recently appointed a Minister of Loneliness to address the issue. Here in the United States, there are efforts directed at reducing the instance of social isolation such as AARP Age Friendly communities that undertake to improve their built environment and increase transportation options; and Meals on Wheels programs that deliver “More than a Meal” interventions in the form of regular meal delivery including friendly visits.

To learn more about these programs and the impact they are having in communities across the country register for our upcoming webinar March 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Joining us to describe work from their organizations designed to reduce the instance of social isolation and to describe interventions being undertaken in communities will be Elise Hernandez of Meals on Wheels America and Rodney Harrell of AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

Elise Hernandez, Data and Analytics Manager, Meals on Wheels America
Rodney Harrell, Director, Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy Institute

John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
No CEUs are available for this webinar.

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

    Preparing Older Adults for Surgery
    A recent Kaiser Health News article highlights several innovative models — such as Duke’s POSH (Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health) program and UCSF’s Surgery Wellness program — to prepare older adults for surgery. Funding for this research came from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Read more.

    Positive Age Beliefs Can Protect Against Dementia
    A recent study now offers proof that positive age beliefs can have a substantial impact on a person’s risk of developing dementia. The study’s results show a 50% reduced risk among older adults with a positive attitude toward aging compared to those with negative age beliefs. Read more.

    GIA Issue Brief
    Mental health problems are not a normal part of aging, but an estimated 16% of Americans aged 50 or over experienced mental health concerns in 2012. Learn more and find resources tailored for funders here
    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    Funders-only calls on complex care
    Noon-1pm ET
    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
    March 22
    Social isolation: Impact and Age-Friendly Interventions
    March 26-29 
    Aging in America 2018
    The American Society on Aging will host this year’s Aging In America Conference 3/26-29 in San Francisco, with more than 400 sessions on aging. Learn more and register.

    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


    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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    Phone 703.413.0413

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