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::: May 2018

GIA Co-hosts Rural Mobility Summit
Many of us take our mobility for granted but for millions of people in rural America, transportation can be inaccessible, unaffordable, or simply unavailable, and the challenge only gets tougher as we get older.

To explore solutions, GIA convened a multi-sector summit to look at how existing and emerging technology can improve rural mobility. The summit was co-hosted with CITRIS and the Banatao Institute on the UC Berkeley campus on May 2 and 3, 2018.

Beyond Here & There: Transforming Mobility in Rural America through New Technology brought together more than 100 professionals from the technology, automotive, transit and transportation, rural aging services, and, of course, philanthropy sectors. See the presentations from our terrific presenters here.

The program was sponsored by the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust and is part of GIA’s larger initiative on rural aging supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Transportation and mobility are essential components of older people’s health, independence, and quality of life that any grant-supported program should consider. For an overview of tech-driven innovations and grant-funded programs that are already working, check out GIA’s new rural mobility funding guide. Thanks to all the funders of this research: Tivity Health, St. David’s Foundation, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, and the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.
Find Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation here.


John Feather discusses how technology can drive new rural mobility options during the Beyond Here & There summit, held at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley, May 2-3, 2018.

GIA Launches Updated All Together Funding Guide
GIA is proud to announce the launch of All Together: GIA’s Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging. Completely re-designed and updated, the All Together guide offers an indispensable digital resource for grantmakers in all fields who are looking for innovative ways to address the opportunities associated with our aging communities and nation. This represents the 3rd edition and 20th Anniversary of what used to be called For All Ages: GIA’s Guide to Funding Across the Lifespan. Thanks to Archstone Foundation for the generous support that made this new Guide possible. Click here to visit the All Together guide.

John Feather Interview Airs on Local Memphis News
While visiting Memphis in preparation for the 2018 Annual Conference, GIA CEO John Feather appeared on Live at 9, a news program produced by WREG Channel 3. View the taped interview here.

Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Your support for the 2018 GIA Annual Conference will enrich the experience for all participants. Please consider one of these sponsorship opportunities: (1) videographer for all four plenary sessions, (2) attendance of diverse graduate students and/or young professionals interested in aging and philanthropy or (3) first-time attendee reception.

To learn more, please review our 2018 Sponsorship Brochure or contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Programs & Membership, at 703.413.0413 x. 102 or

Updates to GIA’s Annual Conference Rates
We have updated our conference registration to add "One Day" rates. All of our rates are listed below:

Member Rates
Full Conference
Early bird rate (Ends September 15, 2018): $695
Regular (September 16 to October 12, 2018): $745
Late (October 13 to October 19, 2018): $795

One Day Rate
One Day Rate Early bird rate (Ends September 15, 2018): $525
One Day Regular (September 16 to October 12, 2018): $575
One Day Late (October 13 to October 19, 2018): $625

Non-Member Rates
Full Conference
Early bird rate (Ends September 15, 2018): $900
Regular (September 16 to October 12, 2018): $950
Late (October 13 to October 19, 2018): $1,000

One Day Rate
One Day Rate (Ends September 15, 2018): $750
One Day Regular (September 16 to October 12, 2018): $800
One Day Late (October 13 to October 19, 2018): $850


Join GIA in welcoming the following new members:

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis
York Community Foundation
Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Trust
Moses Taylor Foundation
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
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

Webinar for Funders: Understanding What Patients Want from Health Care
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will host an online discussion on May 14 to share strategies on increasing patient engagement and using patient-reported outcomes more effectively. The interactive webinar will feature PatientsLikeMe, a patient network that helps people share their experiences and learnings to improve outcomes and care. The groundbreaking PatientsLikeMe website has connected more than 600,000 patients with more than 2,800 conditions, generating 43 million data points along the way.

In addition to discussing how to better engage patients and learn what good care means to those who receive it, panelists will explain how grantmakers can use learnings from the Good Care Study, a RWJF-supported research project to develop patient-reported outcome measures, as well as a collaboration with the National Quality Forum to increase patient involvement in the measure development process and a collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians to understand doctor and patient accountability in healthcare.

Susan Mende (Moderator), senior program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ben Heywood, president and co-founder, PatientsLikeMe
Emil Chiauzzi, principal scientist, PatientsLikeMe
Charles DeRosa, patient advocate and PatientsLikeMe member
Kim Kimminau, senior scientist, American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network

Monday, May 14, 2018
12:10 – 1:00 p.m. ET

To RSVP, send your name, title, organization, email, and telephone number to Jack Fenton. Log-in information for the webinar will then be sent to you
Eisner Foundation and Generations United to Host Event on Shared Intergenerational Site Programs
Registration is now open for All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive! Join Generations United and The Eisner Foundation for their June 5th event, which will feature highlights from a new report and key findings from a national survey and public opinion poll on intergenerational shared site programs. RSVP required by Thursday, May 31st. Register today.

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

    GIA MemberPEOPLE
    Laura Mosqueda Named Dean of the Keck School of Medicine
    USC has appointed Laura Mosqueda as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective May 1. Mosqueda, who was appointed the school’s interim dean in October, is an accomplished physician, researcher and expert in geriatric medicine, family medicine and elder abuse and neglect. She is the first woman to lead the Keck School of Medicine since it was established in 1885. Read more here

    AARP Releases Findings from LGBT Survey
    A recent national AARP survey, “Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans,” sheds light on concerns and preferences of mid-life and older LGBT adults. Read more here.

    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, May 16
    Wednesday, June 13

    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
    Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation
    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 
    Regional One Health
    Sierra Health Foundation
    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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