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February 3, 2014

Dear Friend:

It’s been a hard winter so far, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to the 2014 Annual Conference or recall the warm memories of the 2013 Conference held this past October in Kansas City. To help you remember, we’re pleased to announce that the 2013 Annual Conference Program Highlights are now available. Just like last year, we have created an all-digital version of Highlights, to make summaries, notes, resources, PowerPoints, and other aspects of last year's great sessions easily accessible and searchable. We will not be creating a printed document, so be sure to visit this online resource to download materials from your favorite sessions or sessions you missed. 

And don’t forget to check out John Feather’s regular blog on The Huffington Post website. In January, he posted an article — “It's Hunger: Let's Call It What It Is” — about the hard reality of senior hunger. Read the post here or check out all of John’s entries here.

Community AGEnda Update

2014 New Partners Conference in Denver
GIA is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 2014 New Partners Conference, which will be held February 13-15, 2014, in Denver, one of the nation’s most walkable and bike-friendly cities. The 13th annual New Partners conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Rockies and the rest of the nation. Learn more about the latest in smart growth, including the latest research, cutting-edge implementation tools and techniques, best practices, model projects, policies and codes, and new partners. Most importantly, this dynamic event offers you the opportunity to network and coordinate with your peers as well as practitioners from many different disciplines. Download a conference brochure here.

Conversations with GIA

The next Conversations with GIA, Longevity is Power…Economic Power, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern (6:00 a.m. Pacific*). Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder, Aging 2.0, and Gregor Rae, Chairman and CEO, BusinessLab, will spotlight older adults as the largest consumer market of our time and explore the multifaceted socioeconomic dimensions and possibilities of an aging population, as well as the importance and practicalities of becoming an age-friendly business. 

*This webinar is specifically scheduled to make it available to the largest possible number of domestic and international attendees and presenters. If unable to participate in the live webinar, you can view it online in GIA's Webinar archive within five business days of the live session. 

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Community AGEnda initiative, The Pfizer Foundation, and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA).

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

Click here to register for the February 19 webinar. This free program is open to all grantmakers. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members.

Another Conversations with GIA, Building Resilience: Older Adults, Disasters and Philanthropy, will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Jenny Campbell, GIA Program Evaluator, Community AGEnda and Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work, Bryn Mawr College, and Mark Gorman, Director of Strategic Development for HelpAge International, will share best practices for helping communities and philanthropists respond to the needs of older adults in times of catastrophic events.

Special thanks to our co-sponsor, The John A. Hartford Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

Click here to register for the February 24 webinar. This free program is open to all grantmakers. ASA is producing this event and will host the recorded program for access by GIA members.

And if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:

Why the Affordable Care Act Matters to Diverse Older People, with Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., and Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in New York. From November 6, 2013. Click here to view.

Strange Partnerships: Bringing Together New Resources to Meet Critical Community Needs, with Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of the Meals on Wheels Association of America, and Thom Reilly, Executive Director of the Caesars Foundation. From September 27, 2013. Click here to view.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Policy Priority on Housing and Services, with Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor on Housing and Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. From September 16, 2013. Click here to view.

Aging News

Provocative Op-Ed Piece about End-of-life Care Recently Published in The New York Times
On January 13, Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, published an article in the op-ed column of the same publication. The piece, titled “Heroic Measures,” presents an interesting and perhaps controversial view of end-of-life care. Read the online article here.

CMS Strengthens Community Options for Seniors, People with Disabilities
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule last week to make it easier for older adults and people with disabilities to get care and services in the community. The rule clarifies what settings are considered home and community-based in Medicaid. In addition, it provides states with additional flexibilities and options to provide these services and sets an important precedent for assessing the needs of family caregivers. See the rule here.

Grantmakers Partnership Project Webinar Series
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) is hosting a first of its kind webinar series featuring grantmaker affinity groups, including Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers In Aging, and Grantmakers In Health, along with a variety of foundations. This webinar series will not only showcase the findings from the 2010 through 2013 Grantmaker Partnership Project, but will also provide tools to learn how to develop partnerships and work with both traditional and nontraditional funders.

Each session will be moderated by Margery Pabst, President, Pabst Charitable Foundation of the Arts and a visionary in funding creative aging programming across sectors. 

Funding in the Arts - February 19, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
Featuring Janet Brown, President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; and Teresa Bonner, Program Director, The Michelson Foundation

Funding in Health - March 19, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
Featuring Faith Mitchell, Ph.D., President and CEO, and Colin Pekruhn, M.P.P, Program Associate, Grantmakers In Health; and Robert Eckardt, Dr.P.H., Executive Vice President, The Cleveland Foundation

Funding in Aging - April 2, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
Featuring John Feather, Ph.D., CEO, Grantmakers In Aging and Helen Ramon, Program Officer, Helen Bader Foundation

Webinars are free for NCCA members and for members of Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers In Aging, and Grantmakers In Health. Online registration is available here

EngAGEment News and Information

The Southeastern Council of Foundations has announced its 2014 EngAGEment webinars, which begin at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on the third Wednesday of each month. All webinars are free, but registration is required.

February 19: Bracing for the Silver Tsunami
Sponsor: The Duke Endowment
Presenter: Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Description: The Duke Endowment commissioned Dr. Johnson to develop a report on aging demographics and evidence-based programs in the Carolinas. During this webinar, Dr. Johnson will report on his findings, including highlighting the major demographic drivers that shaped the size, composition, and geographic distribution of the elderly population (65 and older) in the Carolinas at the end of the first decade of the new millennium; and identifying both promising initiatives and programmatic gaps where new and innovative efforts are needed to foster and facilitate successful aging in place.
Registration: Register for this webinar here.


7th Annual International Conference on Positive Aging
February 9-12, 2014
Sarasota, FL

13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth
February 13-15, 2014
Denver, CO

Conversations with GIA: Longevity is Power…Economic Power 
February 19, 2014

Conversations with GIA: Building Resilience: Older Adults, Disasters and Philanthropy
February 24, 2014

Conversations with GIA: Working Collaboratively to Prevent Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
March 24, 2014

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

Member News

In December 2013, Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, spoke to the Hartford Foundation board about SCAN’s new five-year strategic plan. You can see the whole interview on Health AGEnda, the blog of the Hartford Foundation.

Coming Soon: New Features on

Members only! GIA is enhancing its website with new features that will provide greater opportunities for interaction, networking, and resource sharing with your peers, and with GIA leadership and staff. These new capabilities will enable members to locate resources and connect with fellow grantmaking professionals based on geographic location, funding areas, and foundation type. The new members-only access will also make it simpler to manage your GIA membership by allowing you to renew your membership online, update your profile, see recent activities, and register for events. More information is coming soon, as we prepare to launch these great new features. Stay tuned at

Grants and Awards

Nominate Outstanding U.S. Grantmakers for the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) recently launched the nomination process for the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards, which seek to recognize foundations that have shown leadership, innovation, and commitment to solving the country’s toughest problems. In particular, NCRP is looking for grantmaking organizations (not individuals) that are maximizing the effectiveness of their philanthropy by attacking the root causes of social problems, empowering underserved communities, and helping improve the sector as a whole through public leadership. Learn more about the awards here. And submit a nomination here.


Report: Effect of Health Reform on 50- to 64-Year-Olds
What do the reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mean for 50- to 64- Year-olds? Much depends on whether people have health coverage now and on how they get it. Learn more by downloading the report.

Report: Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America
This new report from Generations United and The Generations Initiative, challenges traditional approaches to changing demographics and elevates intergenerational solutions that strengthen our families and communities. It includes the results of a new public opinion survey on how Americans of all ages feel about the changing faces of their community and makes recommendations to capitalize on our growing demographic diversity. Download the report here.

Brochure: Flu + You
NCOA and Sanofi Pasteur have partnered to create a number of materials to help raise awareness of the seriousness of the flu and the importance of flu prevention. The campaign, Flu + You, features actor Lee Majors as its official spokesperson. Visit the Flu + You site to see all of the materials, including a brochure prepared in Spanish and English.

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 1,100 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.

We encourage you to share this edition of Aging Matters on your social network, repost to your website, or provide a link to it.

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Arlington, VA 22202
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