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June 1, 2014

The GIA Board of Directors has created a new recognition for those outstanding leaders who have contributed to the field of aging philanthropy and who have now retired. "Honorary Life Members" remain part of all of our communications lists and are invited to participate in our annual conference and other events. The first Honorary Life Members are:
  • Trudy Cross, founder of GIA;
  • Carol A. Kratz, formerly with the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust;
  • Mary Jane Koren, formerly with The Commonwealth Fund;
  • Marilyn Hennessey, formerly with The Retirement Research Foundation; and,
  • Robin Mayrl, formerly with the Helen Bader Foundation.
Congratulations to all of our Honorary Life Members!

If you know someone who should be nominated, please email John Feather

Community AGEnda Update

Winners of the Friendly Places, Friendly Faces Photo Contest Announced
Grantmakers In Aging recently announced the winners of its first “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest, part of GIA’s Community AGEnda Initiative, supported by the Pfizer Foundation. The winning photographs tell meaningful stories of how older adults are vitally connected to the life of their cities, towns, and villages in many different parts of the world.

The contest received more than 500 submissions from amateur and professional photographers in 29 different countries. Four judges with expertise in the field of aging selected winners across six categories and one grand prize winner. Each category focused on one of the elements that help to make communities great places to grow up and grow old, such as parks and neighborhoods, transportation, intergenerational connections, and opportunities for diverse activities. Cash prizes were awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners in each category, and judges selected a grand prize winner from the six category winners.

The grand prize winner was submitted by Sudipto Das, a photographer based in Kolkata, India. The striking black and white photo (used in our newsletter header above) captures older adults exercising in a popular Kolkata park on a cold winter morning. All of the winning photos are posted on the Community AGEnda webpage.

We invite you to view the photos, and share this link with others in your circle who are interested in great images of healthy communities! You can also share the link via Facebook or Twitter; here is suggested text if you choose to do this:

Facebook: Check out the winners of the GIA Age-friendly Photo Contest, there are some great images of older adults living well in their communities.

Twitter: What does age-friendly look like? Some great images here: #agefriendly

Thanks for your interest and commitment to age-friendly communities!

Nominations for the 2014 Grantmakers In Aging Diversity Award 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.

Nomination Criteria
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.

How to apply
Nomination forms should be submitted electronically to Darla Minnich, with “2014 GIA Diversity Award” in the subject line. Nomination deadline is July 3, 2014.

Visit the GIA website to download nominating instructions or a nomination form. If you have questions about the award process, please email Darla Minnich or call 937.681.5213.

This year's winner will receive the GIA Diversity Award at the 2014 GIA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, and will offer brief acceptance remarks at the event. All expenses (full registration, travel, and lodging) will be paid for the selected individual grantmaker or a representative from the selected nonprofit or foundation to attend the conference.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities

Join GIA for a Learning Circle for Funders
GIA invites you to a Learning Circle for Funders interested in taking steps to create age-friendly communities. The telephone conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

The topic is “Age-Friendly Communities: Assessment Tools (And What to Do Before You Begin).” Both funders learning the ropes and those with experience to share are invited. Learning Circle participants will receive a matrix that describes and compares a number of age-friendly community assessment tools reviewed by GIA members. Joining us as a resource will be Mia Oberlink, Senior Research Associate, Center for Home Care Policy and Research at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. A national expert, she has examined a variety of assessment tools and undertaken more than 50 age-friendly community assessments across the country.

This first Learning Circle is part of a new GIA initiative called Funders for Age-Friendly Communities. Expanding on its Community AGEnda experience in Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami, Phoenix, and Indiana, GIA is reaching out across the nation to mobilize funders to create communities that work better for older adults.

With support from Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is providing grantmakers with the knowledge and tools to create sustainable age-friendly communities that will continue far beyond our grants. Funders will learn how to collaborate with local government, regional planning organizations, and federated funders like United Way and Jewish Federation. GIA is offering written how-to-materials, webinars, conference presentations, in-person, and telephone learning circles.

The Learning Circle for Funders is free of charge, but space is limited. To attend on June 12th, please RSVP by email. Hope you can join us!

Conversations with GIA

Check out screencasts of our most recent Conversations with GIA webinars

Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the U.S., with Dorian Block of the New York Academy of Medicine; Kate Clark, Planner for Policy & Program Development at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Dana Bradley, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center for Gerontology at Western Kentucky University; and Mary Blumberg, Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Development for the Atlanta Regional Commission. From May 13, 2014. Click here to view.

Building the Business Acumen of Community-Based Organizations for Successful Health Care Partnerships, with Marisa Scala, Administration for Community Living, Erin Westphal, The SCAN Foundation, and Nora OBrian, John A. Hartford Foundation. From May 12, 2014. Click here to view.

The Political Environment of Age-Friendliness, with Hugh O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of Age Friendly Ireland, and Margaret Neal, Director of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. From April 29, 2014. Click here to view.

Building Resilience: Older Adults, Disasters and Philanthropy, with Mark Gorman, Director of Strategic Development for HelpAge International. From February 24, 2014. Click here to view.

Working Collaboratively to Prevent Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, with Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging. From March 24, 2014. Click here to view.

Longevity is Power - Economic Power, with Gregor Rae, Chairman and CEO of BusinessLab, and Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder of Aging 2.0. From February 19, 2014. Click here to view.

Training the Aging Services Field to Provide LGBT Culturally Competent Care, with Michael Adams, Executive Director, and Hilary Meyer, Director of National Programs, both of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders). From January 21, 2014. Click here to view.

Aging News

Grantmakers In Aging a Co-sponsor of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2014 Annual Conference
Don’t miss the Social Impact Exchange’s June 2014 Annual Conference on June 18-19 in New York City. The 2014 Conference on Scaling Impact is for foundation officers, philanthropists, corporate executives, trustees, wealth managers, and philanthropy advisors interested in learning about innovative methods to support high-impact nonprofits in education, youth development, poverty alleviation, health, and impact investing. The conference includes presentations from foundation CEOs and nonprofit leaders, as well as knowledge sessions and peer networking opportunities.

All Grantmakers In Aging Members receive a 50 percent discount on registration fees. To receive the discount, visit the registration site and indicate in the dropdown menu that you are invited by Grantmakers In Aging. Space is limited so we encourage you to register soon. For more information, visit the conference website, email us questions, or call Nicole Kindred at 212-551-1148.

Community Innovations for Aging in Place Launches New Website
The Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative (CIAIP) was authorized by Congress in the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and funded from 2009 to 2012 by the United States Administration on Aging (AoA).Through CIAIP, 14 demonstration projects were funded to assist communities in their efforts to enable the growing population of older adults to sustain their independence and age in place in their homes and communities. Now you can read more about these projects and access related resources on the new CIAIP website.


Council on Foundations Annual Conference: The Role of Philanthropy in an Increasingly Polarized Society
June 8-10, 2014
Washington, DC
Register here.

New Jersey Foundation for Aging Annual Conference
June 11, 2014
Jamesburg, NJ
Register here.

Learning Circle for Funders: Age-Friendly Communities: Assessment Tools (And What to Do Before You Begin)
June 12, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Social Impact Exchange
2014 Conference on Scaling Impact
June 18-19
New York City
Register here.

2014 GIA Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Open Positions

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is looking to fill two positions. The first is a Program Associate to help manage the Maryland Small Grants Program, which helps eligible nonprofits more easily and efficiently apply for grants of up to $50,000 a year for up to two years, with the possibility of renewal. The second position is a Program Associate, Older Adults, who will review and make recommendations for grants in the program area of Older Adult Services. Details about both positions can be found on the Weinberg Foundation website.

The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies seeks candidates for the position of Program Officer, Aging Services. He or she will be responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan in the area of aging services and will support other Foundation staff and Trustees in executing and carrying out effective grant-making related to aging service. Read a full job description here.

Member News

Join the Council on Foundations on June 8-10, 2014, for a brand new conference experience in the nation’s capital! The Council’s 2014 Annual Conference/ Philanthropy Exchange will take place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, and will offer dynamic learning sessions and enhanced networking opportunities around The Role of Philanthropy in an Increasingly Polarized Society. Join us in June to connect with sector leaders, impact the discussion, and advance the field at the 2014 Philanthropy Exchange. Plus, if you are our member, you can register with at the Council member rate using this unique pin Code 00002401. Learn more and register.

The New Jersey Foundation for Aging will hold its 16th Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 11th, at the Crowne Plaza Monroe in Jamesburg, NJ. The 2014 keynote speaker, Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine and an internationally recognized leader in the field of age-friendly communities.

The 2014 conference workshop speakers will include policy makers, direct care workers, and clinical practice specialists.

Click here to see the full brochure and download a registration form.


Online Workshop: Better Choices, Better Health
The Ohio Department of Aging and the National Council on Aging are offering a free online workshop for Ohio residents with chronic disease. Better Choices, Better Health® has been proven to help people with chronic conditions deal with pain and stress, eat well and exercise, and communicate with their doctors. Participants log in from their own computers and receive a free workbook to live healthier. Interested individuals can sign up here.

Interactive Map: Mapping Benefits Access Across the States
The National Council on Aging has put together a new mapping tool that uses the most recent Medicare coverage data to show benefits access across the country. Data shows how many people are potentially eligible for and enrolled in the core benefits that help low-income people pay for their health care and other expenses. Access the map here.

Social Network

Social media is a great way to get your message out and to build interest in aging issues. Have you liked GIA’s Facebook page yet? If not, please do, by clicking here! We post a lot of news about GIA and our members there and it’s a great way to stay in touch. 

On Twitter, we’ve got more than 1,425 followers. We’d like to follow you on Twitter, and have you follow us, too, at

And don’t forget to connect with GIA on LinkedIn.

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