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::: November 2016
It was my pleasure to catch up with many of you at our Annual Conference last week in beautiful Portland, Oregon. We had engaging presentations and an excellent turnout of members and old friends, an unusually high number of first-time attendees, many philanthropy CEOs, and the largest number of foundation board members (25 in all) we’ve ever had at a GIA conference. We learned from each other about issues including rural aging, caregiving, social determinants of health, technology, long-term care, and ageism, and heard the call to reframe the public perception of aging entirely—all in a friendly, collegial, and stimulating atmosphere.
My thanks to our conference sponsors (full list here), particularly our Priority Sponsor, Cambia Health Foundation; our Honorary Conference Chair, Peggy Maguire of Cambia Health Foundation; Co-Chairs of the Program Planning Committee, Stephen Ewell of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation and Jennifer Fuller of Cambia Health Foundation; members of the Diversity Committee, Therese Ellery of Rose Community Foundation and Jolene Fassbinder of Archstone Foundation; and our hard-working Program Committee members.
Save the Date
Finally, a round of applause for GIA’s Conference Director, Darla Minnich, who asks that you all save the date for our next gathering, in Boston, October 18–20, 2017.

Brian Myers and Mike Yeaton, Empire Health Foundation
Marcus Escobedo, The John A. Hartford Foundation
All 2016 conference photos by Broken Banjo Photography.

GIA Diversity Award
Los Angeles-based St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS) has received the 2016 GIA Diversity Award, honoring their AGEnts for Change initiative. SBSS President and CEO Rigo Soborio accepted the award at the GIA annual conference. Through AGEnts for Change, SBSS trains a diverse, under-served group of older adults to become Lead Advocates and AGEnts who, in turn, educate policymakers and mobilize their peers on critical issues, including: food security, safe housing, healthcare, and creating aging-friendly neighborhoods. Learn more. 

Rural Aging Resources
One highlight of the conference was the very well-attended rural aging workshop, led by Allen Smart, MHP, MA, Vice President of Programs for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. In addition to the person-to-person learning at the conference, GIA has unveiled a set of online resources for funders interested in getting involved in rural aging. The work is part of the Creating a Sustainable Network for the Rural Aging Movement grant to GIA from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Explore the new resources, including three original case studies of successful rural aging projects, here. For more information or to get involved, GIA members may email program lead, Cindy Padilla.


Next Avenue Names 2016 Influencers in Aging
Out of the 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts named 2016 Influencers in Aging, five key GIA members made the list: John Feather (GIA), Terry Fulmer (The John A. Hartford Foundation), Bruce Chernof (The SCAN Foundation), Michael Eisner (The Eisner Foundation), and Michael Adams (SAGE). Click here to view the full list.

Cleveland Foundation Executive VP Robert Eckardt Retiring

Robert Eckardt, a founding member of GIA, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of 2016 after his nearly 35 years with the Cleveland Foundation. His impact, contributions, and dedication have been highly valuable across the foundation and the aging community as a whole, and we wish him the best in retirement! Click here to read the full article.

NextFifty Initiative Announces New CEO; Prepares to Accept Grant Applications in 2017

NextFifty Initiative, an innovative grant-making nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in the second 50 years of their life, announced it has named Margaret Franckhauser, R.N., as its first CEO effective January 1, 2017. Click here to read the full press release.

Making a Difference in Older Adults’ Health
Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) are uniquely positioned to provide older adults with outstanding care while succeeding in the value-based payment health care environment. A new paper from The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts initiative PCMH Network provides a roadmap to guide primary care practices. Read the whole paper, “Patient-Centered Medical Homes and the Care of Older Adults: How comprehensive care coordination, community connections, and person-directed care can make a difference” here.
Three Member-Written Huffington Post Articles Focus on Aging

GIA Member
In his recent article, “A Young Field about Growing Older: Six Ways Research is Changing How We Age,” Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., Scientific Director, AFAR, discusses a major aging issue—average human life expectancy continues to grow at a faster rate than human health expectancy. Click here to read the full article.
GIA Member
Shelley Lyford, President and CEO of West Health and Gary and Mary West Foundation, recently published an article, “An Oral Health Epidemic in Seniors Too Easily Dismissed,” that explores the health and well-being impacts of senior dental care. Click here to read the full article.
GIA Member
Caring for dementia is no easy task—Terry Fulmer, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, in her article, “How to Build the ‘Village’ You Need As a Caregiver,” discusses the importance of taking care of the caregiver, as well as the patient. Click here to read the full article.


::: Missed a webinar? Get caught up with this list of past GIA webinars and find recordings of past webinars on our YouTube channel.

    GIA Member
    Submit Nominations for GIA Board
    Grantmakers In Aging seeks nominations for our Board of Directors. Directors must be employed by, or be, a member of the Board of Directors or Trustees of a GIA member institution. Self-nominations are welcome! Click here for more information and an application form.

    Members-Only Portal Instructional Webinar
    Would you like to learn how to navigate through the members only portal? Learn how to post a question to colleagues in the discussion forum, run a query on fellow members funding in similar areas, or how to find other members in your state. MEMBERS-ONLY webinar will be held on November 17 at 2pm EST.
    Email Maria Gonzales Jackson to register.

    GIA Member
    The Paso del Norte Health Foundation Seeks Operations Support Assistant
    The Paso del Norte Health Foundation promotes health and prevents disease for the disadvantaged through leadership in health education, research and advocacy. The operations support assistant will report to the Director of Operations and assist and provide administrative and general clerical support to the organization. Click here to view the full job description.

    California Health Care Foundation Seeks Senior Program Officer

    The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California. The senior program officer (SPO) will join the High-Value Care (HVC) team, with a focus on palliative and end-of-life care. Click here to view the full job description.
    Rose Community Foundation Seeks Grants Manager
    Rose Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life of the Greater Denver community through their leadership, resources, traditions, and values. The grants manager will serve as liaison between grantees or potential grantees and the Foundation’s program staff. Click here to view the full job description.

    Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging Launches New Website
    At, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging has created a new collaborative hub to provide content for individuals and organizations interested in the challenges and opportunities of population aging and amplifying the good work being done by many in the field. The Center’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. Read the full press release here.

    Geriatric ERs are on the Rise
    According to an article from CNN, “Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress, Risk for Older Patients,” geriatric emergency rooms are popping up across the country because they provide more specialized care for the elderly as opposed to traditional, crowded ERs. Two Annual Conference speakers, Kevin Biese and Ula Hwang (pictured below), are quoted. Click here to read the full article.

    (Kevin Biese, Terry Fulmer, Ula Hwang)
    New Guide on Unleashing the Power of Public-Philanthropic Relationships
    A new how-to guide from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shares lessons learned from the Sustainable Communities Initiative, which aims to serve and lift up distressed neighborhoods and underrepresented residents. Click here to read the full guide.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.

    :::December 14–19
    Rethinking Care toward the End of Life Program
    Salzburg, Austria

    :::February 26–March 1, 2017
    Active Living Research Conference 2017
    Clearwater Beach, FL

    Grantmakers In Aging
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    Phone 703.413.0413

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