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::: April 2018

Join GIA for a Rural Mobility Summit
Mobility is an important social determinant of both health and quality of life for older people in rural America. I invite you to join GIA at Beyond Here & There: Transforming Mobility in Rural America through New Technology  a working summit that seeks to drive new access and mobility solutions for millions of rural Americans of all ages through the power of innovation.

GIA is co-hosting this exciting event with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) on the University of California at Berkeley campus on May 2 and 3.

The program will be highly interactive and focused on cross-pollinating ideas and forging new collaborations between leaders in new and emerging technology, transportation and mobility, rural and aging services, and philanthropy.

We particularly hope that you will help us identify rural transportation service providers who can add to the conversation. Please feel free to reach out to them directly with this information.

Please click here for more details and a registration link. There is no registration fee, but attendees are responsible for their own transportation and housing costs. Our capacity is limited so act today!

Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to learn more at

Sponsorship Opportunities
It is not too late to join your fellow colleagues in becoming a sponsor for the 2018 GIA Annual Conference! Your support for the 2018 GIA Annual Conference can make an immediate and meaningful difference. Please take a moment to review our sponsorship opportunities. To learn more about these opportunities or become a sponsor, please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Programs & Membership at 703.413.0413 x.102 or

Sponsorship Amount: $50,000 and Above
  • Opportunity to design content with GIA Conference Pre-Intensive on Wednesday NOTE: GIA reserves the right to select the topic and presenters
Sponsorship Amount: $25,000 TO $49,999
  • Opportunity to sponsor: Young professionals/students from diverse communities to attend the conference OR Videographer (film all four plenary sessions)
Sponsorship Amount: $15,000 TO $24,999
  • Opportunity to sponsor: First-time attendee reception, OR a Networking breakfast (Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday), OR Funder Collaborative Breakfast Meeting (Friday), OR a local flavor afternoon break (Thursday), OR a box lunch to go (Friday)
Sponsorship Amount: $10,000 TO $14,999
  • Opportunity to sponsor: Morning coffee break {Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday}, OR Afternoon snack break {Wednesday} OR Flash Drive (all presentations of the conference for all attendees)
Sponsorship Amount: Below $10,000
  • Acknowledgment as PARTNER in conference materials, conference website and on-site signage
  • Your logo and organization featured on sponsorship section of mobile app


GIA welcomes Feeding America as a new affiliate member and Arcora Foundation as a new member. 
Innovation@Home Competition Seeks International Age-friendly Housing Models
The WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, in collaboration with Grantmakers In Aging, is pleased to invite submissions to Innovation@Home, a competition and a call for age-friendly housing practices that can inspire action around the world by showing what can be done and how it can be done.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 15, 2018. Learn more and submit innovative housing practices through the Age-friendly World website.
Age-friendly at ASA 
Age-friendly housing was also on the agenda at ASA, where John Feather hosted an ASA Chair’s Lecture on “Building an Age-Friendly U.S.: Lessons from the International Community” featuring Jane Barratt, PhD, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing; Emi Kiyota, PhD, President and Founder, Ibasho.; Stephanie Firestone, MUP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Office of International Affairs; and Jennifer Campbell, PhD, Consultant, Campbell-Collaboratives, LLC. Read more in this blog from AARP.
GIA Member 
Americans Fear Medical Bills More Than Illness: West Health Survey
A national survey sponsored by West Health found that more than half of adults surveyed said they had experienced serious financial issues due to medical costs: 36% said they had used up all or most of their savings; 32% had to borrow money or increase credit card debt; and 41% were forced to reduce contributions to savings plans. 44% of adults also said they had not gone to the doctor when they were sick or injured within the past year. Read more here.
AARP Announces the 2018 AARP Community Challenge
AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, which provides micro-grants to community organizations with great “quick-action” projects that will help make their communities better places to live for people of all ages. In 2017, AARP launched the first AARP Community Challenge and funded 88 efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, AARP will be focusing on projects contributing to one or more of these outcomes:
  • Delivering a range of transportation and mobility options
  • Creating vibrant public places
  • Supporting the availability of a range of housing
  • Other innovative projects to improve the community 
Applications for AARP Community Challenge grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET, May 16, 2018. Learn more and submit applications through

ReFraming Aging Initiative Featured in Stria
Bob Rosenblatt reports for Stria on how the ReFraming Aging movement is forging ahead, in “Changing How We Talk About Aging: Moving from Research to Practice,” featuring an interview with GIA Board Chair Ann Monroe. Read the article here 
John A. Hartford Announces New Grants
New grants totaling $1,388,378 were announced in March 2018 to support family caregivers, advance age-friendly public health systems, and produce a documentary to help people plan for their needs as they age. 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.

When Hospitals Deliver More than Health Care
Part of the Better Care for People with Complex Social and Health Needs Series 
Presented in collaboration with Grantmakers In Health
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:00–3:00pm Eastern

How do health systems translate understanding about the social determinants of health into action and impact?

ProMedica, a nonprofit health system serving 27 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan has a strategic focus on addressing the drivers of health for patients and communities by addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH). ProMedica currently screens patients to determine if they have food, housing and other basic needs, has pioneered a food clinic (prescribing food as medicine), operates in inner-city grocery store, bought and sold a hotel and sparked economic reinvestment in Toledo by moving 1,000 jobs downtown.

ProMedica’s model emphasizes the importance of catalytic economic development and collaboration. In October 2017, ProMedica announced a $50 million investment focused on neighborhood revitalization. Recently, the health system partnered with LISC, a community development financial institution, to create a $25-million-dollar loan pool to support projects in distressed communities. They also co-founded the Root Cause Coalition, with the AARP Foundation, to reverse and end systemic health inequities.

Join Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health for a conversation with Randy Oostra, ProMedica President and CEO. This webinar is part of our series on improving care for people with complex health and social needs, supported by the Five Foundation collaborative, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation.
Register here.

John Feather Ph.D., CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

No CEUs are available for this event.
Conversations with GIA
Experienced Helping Hands: Engaging Older Volunteers to Serve Children and Youth
May 9, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

Join The Eisner Foundation and's Generation to Generation campaign for a webinar on effectively engaging older volunteers in youth-serving nonprofits.

As our society ages and older adults face social isolation and related health issues, we can enlist these “experienced helping hands” to engage in their communities. The benefits are exponential when the talents of these older adults are leveraged in service to the younger population. One in five children live in poverty, and the education gap between rich and poor children continues to grow. Older adults have a lifetime of experience and skills to share with these children. And as they engage in their communities, they report improvements in overall health. Collectively, increasing a child’s lifetime prospects and improving the well-being of older adults can strengthen society.

In a survey of nonprofit organizations, The Eisner Foundation found that older volunteers were often the most valuable to an organization, but certain management techniques worked better than others. During this webinar, you’ll learn about the key findings from this survey and the techniques partners and others are already implementing to best engage older volunteers.
Register here.

Trent Stamp, CEO, The Eisner Foundation
Michelle Hynes, Strategic Director, Program Development,

John Feather Ph.D., CEO, Grantmakers in Aging

Sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation

No CEUs are available for this webinar.

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

    American Geriatrics Society Launches CoCare: Ortho Hip Fracture Program
    The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) recently unveiled AGS CoCare: Ortho, a geriatrics-orthopedics co-management program to improve outcomes for older patients with hip fractures. The new CoCare: Ortho website offers an online curriculum, implementation toolkit, coaching calls, certification, and a forum for adopters to learn from each other. Supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

    Two New GIA Issue Briefs
    Explore “Older Caregivers of People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities” authored for GIA by Elizabeth Mahar, Director of Family and Sibling Initiatives; Jennifer Sladen, Director of National Initiatives; and Casey Nitsch, Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Support, The Arc of the United States.

    Also new: “The Village Movement: A Sustainable Model for Aging in Community,” authored for GIA by Elizabeth Backus, Volunteer, and Natalie Galucia, Director of Operations, Village to Village Network
    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, April 25
    Wednesday, May 16
    Wednesday, June 13
    April 19
    2:00 PM Eastern
    When Hospitals Deliver More than Health Care
    Presented in collaboration with Grantmakers In Health
    May 9
    2:00 PM Eastern
    Experienced Helping Hands: Engaging Older Volunteers to Serve Children and Youth

    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


    Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors as of April 1, 2018!

    Premier Level:
    Plough Foundation
    Archstone Foundation
    Cambia Health Foundation

    Presenting Level:
    AARP Foundation
    Eisner Foundation
    McGregor Foundation
    SCAN Foundation
    West Health Foundation

    Participating Level:
    John A. Hartford Foundation
    Retirement Research Foundation
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Patron Level:
    Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

    Partner Level:
    Assisi Foundation of Memphis
    Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation
    Belz Foundation
    Briggs Foundation
    Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
    FJC, A Foundation of Philanthropic Groups
    H.W. Durham Foundation
    Housing & Community Development
    Hyde Family Foundation
    Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation
    Kroger Delta Division
    Maine Community Foundation
    Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Methodist Healthcare Foundation
    Missouri Health Foundation
    Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
    Regional One Health
    West End Home Foundation


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

    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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