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::: August 2018

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is hosting its 14th global conference at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, August 8–10. The event brings together an array of presenters from more than 70 countries, all advancing the conference theme — Toward a Decade of Healthy Ageing: From Evidence to Action. On August 9, I will be presenting on a panel with Jenny Campbell, Jerome Sam-De Mawaya from GRAVIS, and Prakash Tyagi from HelpAge International. We will be discussing lessons learned from under-resourced communities to inform the age-friendly movement.

Then, on August 10, I will be moderating a workshop led by Michael Adams and Bill W. Rivera discussing unique challenges and resilience concerning older LGBTQI adults in the US.

Not long after the Toronto event, I’ll be traveling to Hawaii, where I will be the keynote for the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society meeting on September 6–7 in Honolulu. I will be talking about “Five Lessons from Aging from Forty Years: What We Have Learned in Aging and Where We Go from Here,” touching on themes that have emerged and evolved during my career. I will also be meeting a number of important thought leaders in philanthropy, including members of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

If you’re attending either of these events, please stop me to say hello

John Feather in Health Affairs: Rural Mobility is a SDOH Social Determinant of Health
John Feather recently published an article for Health Affairs GrantWatch on the role of technology in improving mobility and therefore health for people in rural America, whether they are older, cannot drive, or lack access to good transportation options. Read the blog post here.
GIA Launches All Together: GIA’s Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging
Completely re-designed, the All Together guide offers an indispensable digital resource for grantmakers in all fields who are looking for innovative ways to reflect the opportunities associated with an older population in their work. Share it with a funder colleague today! Thanks to Archstone Foundation for their generous support of the new Guide. Explore it here.
Registration is Now Open for GIA’s Annual Conference
Register by the Early Registration deadline (September 15) and be automatically entered in our Visit Memphis Drawing for the Ultimate Corky’s BBQ Pack for 4. Conference registration is open to all of those who qualify for a GIA membership. Share the invitation with a fellow grantmaker!
For any questions, contact Maria Gonzales Jackson at

2018 Diversity Award Nominations Now Open
GIA established the Diversity Award in 2003 to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging.

Nonprofit organizations (receiving funding from a foundation or whose funding sources include foundation(s)), individual grantmakers, or foundations working effectively with a diverse aging population are eligible for consideration. Self-nominations are welcome!

To nominate someone, download and complete the nomination form, then save it and email it, as an attachment, to Maria Gonzales Jackson indicating “2018 GIA Diversity Award” in the subject line. Submissions are due electronically by September 6, 2018.


Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Achieves $400 Million Milestone in Grantmaking
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a private foundation that honors the legacy of Virginia Galvin Piper, has achieved a grantmaking milestone by investing more than $400 million in nonprofits and programs since its inception. Read the full press release here.

Health Foundation Promotes Diane Oyler to Vice President of Programs
The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has named Diane Oyler as its next vice president of programs. Oyler joined the Foundation in 2016 as program officer, a role in which she was responsible for overall strategic direction and grantmaking for the Foundation’s older adult programs and initiatives. In this new position, she will provide leadership, management, and oversight for all program-related activities of the Foundation. Read the full announcement here.

GIA Board Member Katie Midgley Participates in Roundtable as Part of AARP Foundation’s Summer of Service to Seniors
AARP Foundation continues its commitment to fight senior poverty and hunger with the 2018 Summer of Service to Seniors℠ Meal Pack Challenge events taking place across the country. The three-city meal pack tour kicked off July 28 in Memphis, where Katie Midgley, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Plough Foundation, participated in a roundtable with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation President, and Jim Strickland, Mayor of the City of Memphis, to discuss the state of seniors in Memphis. After Memphis, the 2018 Summer of Service to Seniors℠ Meal Pack Challenge moved to Chicago on August 4. It will culminate on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 11. Read more here.


Roundtable on the State of Seniors in Memphis, July 27th, Memphis, TN: (from left to right) Katie Midgley, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Plough Foundation and GIA Board Member; Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation President; and the Honorable Jim Strickland, Mayor of City of Memphis.

The Value of Connection and Supporting Aging Populations
Dianne Oliver, executive director of the West End Home Foundation, based in Nashville, shares some thoughts on the value of membership associations, such as the Southeastern Council of Foundations and GIA, as well as the importance of supporting aging populations. Read more.

The Livability Index 2018
Many of the characteristics that make a community “livable” are benefits across all ages: safety and security, affordable and appropriate housing and transportation, and the ability to live near family and friends with whom to share life’s joys and who can be called on in times of need. The AARP Livability Index 2018: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages scores every neighborhood and community in the United States for the services and amenities that most affect people’s lives. Read more and download the report
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Seeks Program Officer
The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust is an independent foundation in the process of recruiting a Program Officer with knowledge of and interest in issues related to older adults to manage a $4.5 million grants portfolio. Click here to learn more about the position, and please reach out to Amy Freeman, Director of Programs, with any questions or concerns.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Seeks Two Program Officers
MACP’s Quality of Life team is currently searching for two program officers to support the team’s work focused on life’s journey at vulnerable stages for children, young adults, families, and aging adults. Please see the posting here for more information regarding the positions and instructions for candidates.

Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
October 17–19, 2018
2018 GIA Annual Conference
Memphis, TN
The Peabody

Not yet a GIA member? 

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

Premier Level:
Plough Foundation
Archstone Foundation
Cambia Health Foundation

Presenting Level:
AARP Foundation
Eisner Foundation
Gary and Mary West Foundation
McGregor Foundation
SCAN Foundation

Participating Level:
John A. Hartford Foundation
Retirement Research Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Tufts Health Plan 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
City of Memphis Housing and Community Development
FJC, A Foundation of Philanthropic Groups
Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation
H.W. Durham Foundation
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 Foundation
Sierra Health Foundation
West End Home Foundation

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

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