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::: July 2017

It was Mark Twain who said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” GIA will enjoy the opportunity to verify Mr. Twain’s observation when we travel to the City by the Bay for the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress from July 23–27, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice,” and it will bring more than 6,000 representatives from medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, finance, policy fields, and other disciplines to address the latest approaches to improving the quality of life of the world’s older adults. 
Join me on Tuesday, July 25 from 89:30am for the session that I am co-presenting, “The Age Friendly Communities Movement: Creating, Managing and Sustaining Communities for All,” with Dr. John Beard, Director of the Aging and Life Course Department at the World Health Organization and Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Center in Brazil.

Please let us know if you will be attending the conference, as GIA and Metta Fund will be hosting a reception for GIA members. If you are presenting, we are happy to promote your session via Aging Matters, social media, and fellow members. Send your information to Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Membership and Programs.

If you go to IAGG, don’t forget this additional event: The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is pleased to invite members of GIA to The Architects of Aging: a luncheon symposium on biotechnology and longevity, which will be held in conjunction with IAGG 2017. The event will take place at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square on Tuesday, July 25th from 12 noon to 3pm. AFAR is offering tickets to members of GIA at the special price of $150 per ticket. For more information, please contact To purchase tickets, please go to:

The GIA Annual Conference is quickly approaching, and we hope you’ll join us in Boston from October 18–20, 2017! Registration will be completely online this year, and we’ll be sending an email with more information and a link to register in early July. Soon after, we’ll be sending a brochure covering some of the conference highlights and the agenda. We think you’ll agree — it’s one of our best lineups yet, and we can’t wait to see you in Boston!

Check the Annual Conference page on our website for updates and more information.


New Age-Friendly Resource: Aging Readiness and Competitiveness (ARC) Report
Presented by AARP and FP Analytics, the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness (ARC) Report examines aging policy in 12 countries with particular emphasis on four “pillars” — Community Social Infrastructure, Productive Opportunity, Technological Engagement, and Healthcare and Wellness. Click here to access the
full report.

GIA Member Cargill Philanthropies CEO Retires, Welcomes New CEO

Christine Morse, chief executive officer and chair, will retire after more than 20 years leading the grantmaker. Ms. Morse will be succeeded in the CEO role by Paul Busch, currently president of the philanthropies, on July 1. Click here to learn more.

GIA Member Ford Foundation Welcomes New Board Member
Ai-jen Poo, a well-established advocate for women, immigrants, and low-wage workers, has been appointed to the Ford Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Learn More.

John Feather Blogs Highlight Two GIA Initiatives
New blogs by GIA CEO John Feather discuss two top-of-mind GIA initiatives: rural aging and reframing aging. In “Time for New Frontiers for Funding in Rural America” for Philanthropy Daily, Feather urges funders to take action and help create meaningful, life-changing impact for rural America, and points to GIA’s latest report, New Frontiers in Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging.

In another blog for Grant Solutions, “Combatting Ageism: We Have New Tools,” Feather features new aging resources and tools created by the FrameWorks Institute in collaboration with GIA and other major aging philanthropy organizations. Check out the research report, “Finding the Frame: An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism” and the related toolkit, Gaining Momentum: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit.

GIA Members-Only Webinar
Block Grants, Caps, and their Consequences for the Future of
Health Care

Wednesday, July 19,  23pm ET

Please join  presenter Jonathan Westin, Senior Director of Health Initiatives for The Jewish Federations of North America, for a webinar on Congressional and Administration proposals that will have a direct effect on the future of Medicaid, the federal/state health program that covers nearly 80 million Americans. This summer, Congress will debate the fate of the Medicaid program given the amount of cuts that it is considering. Please join GIA for this informative hour that will include an insightful presentation followed by a Q&A session. GIA members can contact Maria Gonzales Jackson or use the link in members-only emails to register.

GIA and GIH Members-Only Webinar
Scaling Evidence-Based Programs to Address Chronic Illness
Thursday, July 20, 1–2pm ET

It is challenging to scale and sustain evidence-based health interventions, especially those designed to meet the needs of populations experiencing multiple chronic illnesses. Join this webinar to learn what the New York State Health Foundation and the National Council on Aging have learned about increasing the capacity and reach of promising programs for older adults, how these lessons are applicable to other people with or at risk for chronic illnesses, and the way this work can contribute to better outcomes for all. Speakers include Kathy Cameron and Jim Firman of National Council on Aging and Lourdes Rodriguez of The University of Texas at Austin.

Cosponsored by Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging

GIH members can click here to sign in and register. If you are not a GIH member, please email Erica Watkins at to register.

::: 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
    Green House® Project Receives $650,000 Award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The new two-year RWJF grant will enable Green House® Project leaders to further refine the model while spreading it across the country, as well as expand the impact of the Green House® model through a specialized focus on people living with dementia, people in need of short-term rehabilitation services, and other areas of innovation. Click here to learn more.

    Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests $1.7 Million to Support Age-Friendly Communities
    The 21 new grants focus on improving community livability and addressing inequities to help older adults live healthier, fulfilling lives, and will fund collaborations with more than 200 community organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Click here to learn more.

    AARP Special Report: The Opioid Epidemic
    A new report explores the devastating effects of America’s rampant opioid addiction on families, and how grandparents are stepping up to raise children in drug-ravaged families.
    Learn more.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::July 19, 23pm ET
    Block Grants, Caps, and their Consequences for the Future of Health Care
    GIA Members-Only Webinar
    :::July 20, 12pm ET
    Scaling Evidence-Based Programs to Address Chronic Illness
    GIH and GIA Webinar
    :::July 23–27
    IAGG and The Gerontological Society of America 2017 World Congress
    San Francisco, CA
    :::July 25, 12–3pm
    The Architects of Aging: a luncheon symposium on biotechnology and longevity (GIA Members Only)
    IAGG World Congress
    San Francisco, CA
    :::October 18–20
    GIA Annual Conference
    Boston, MA
    Grantmakers In Aging
    2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 504
    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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