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March 14, 2014

Our annual conference wouldn’t be possible without great inspiration (and perspiration) from people like you. And with planning for the 2014 conference ramping up, we’re pleased to announce our call for sessions. The theme of this year’s conference — Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Aging Philanthropy — will explore how philanthropy can lift its efforts and make an even greater contribution in the years ahead. The event will be held October 22–24 at the InterContinental San Francisco.

GIA is extending an invitation to GIA Members, Affinity Groups, and Regional Associations of Grantmakers to submit proposals for concurrent sessions to be included in the program agenda. We invite you to help the national Program Planning Committee build a content-rich program by submitting interactive, innovative session proposals.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please review the Proposal Guidelines and then download and complete the Session Proposal Form. Submit completed forms to Darla Minnich. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 21, 2014.

Should you have questions, please email Darla Minnich or call 937.681.5213. We look forward to your involvement in the conference program

Community AGEnda Update

GIA launches new initiative — Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Is your community age-friendly? John Feather, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging, is pleased to announce GIA’s new Funders for Age-Friendly Communities, which will mobilize funders across the nation to create sustainable age-friendly communities. The new initiative will engage GIA members and other foundations with federated funders like United Way and Jewish Federations, local and regional government and planning agencies. Funders for Age-Friendly Communities will develop practical “how-to” materials and learning circles to equip funders to collaborate with other community stakeholders to create good places to grow up and grow older.

A Steering Committee will define and guide the work of Funders for Age-Friendly Communities. This Committee is chaired by Peter Wood of Health Foundation of South Florida. Others on the Committee are Stacey Easterling of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Therese Ellery of Rose Community Foundation, Elizabeth Casey of AARP Foundation, Jolene Fassbinder of Archstone Foundation, Chris Gray of the Pfizer Foundation, Lynn Haglin of Northland Foundation, Stacey Knight of United Way Worldwide, Carol Kratz, just retired from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and the first recipient of GIA’s Honorary Life Member award, Kathryn Lawler of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Chris Nanni of Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Nora OBrien-Suric of The John A. Hartford Foundation, and Nancy Zionts of Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

The Pfizer Foundation generously provided seed money to launch Funders for Age-Friendly Communities. Pfizer also funds GIA’s Community AGEnda, which supports age-friendly community-building in five locations (greater Atlanta, Maricopa County in Arizona, Miami-Dade County in Florida, greater Kansas City and the State of Indiana).

Three Weeks Left to Enter Community AGEnda’s Photo Contest
Show your support for age-friendly communities! Enter the Friendly Places, Friendly Faces photo contest to highlight communities and individuals who are making their streets, neighborhoods, parks, homes, and businesses more welcoming and accessible to older adults.

Cash prizes for winners range from $150 to $500.

Special thanks to our panel of expert judges, who will select winners from six categories:

  • Anne Basting, Director of the TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project and Professor of Theatre at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she founded UWM's Center on Age and Community.
  • Chester Higgins, Photographer for The New York Times and author of several photo collections, including Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging.
  • Julie Turkewitz, Photographer and journalist for The New York Times and The Atlantic.
  • Debra Whitman, Executive VP for Policy, Strategy and International Affairs at AARP.

Submit your original photos that capture the spirit of age-friendliness by March 24! Enter the Friendly Places, Friendly Faces photo contest.

GIA Website Updates

Members-only Features Coming Soon to GIA Website
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

Two New Issue Sections Published on the GIA Website
GIA is pleased to announce the addition of two new website sections focused on important aging issues. The first, prepared by Jennifer W. Campbell, MA, MSW, PhD, Grantmakers In Aging and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, explores Disaster, Older Adults and Philanthropy. The second, prepared by Mary Twomey, MSW, Co-Director and Elaine Chen, MSG, Manager, Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, University of California, Irvine, tackles Elder Abuse.

Conversations with GIA

The next Conversations with GIA, Working Collaboratively to Prevent Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Kathy Greenlee, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, remains committed to addressing the serious problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in America. In this webinar, Assistant Secretary Greenlee will discuss the Federal efforts to address the issue, and Laura Rath, Senior Program Officer from the Archstone Foundation, will offer a perspective of how a foundation is working to tackle elder abuse.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Archstone Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.
  • Click here to register for the March 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.

Powerful Tools for Elder Economic Wellbeing - Important New Resources for Funders, with Naomi Stanhaus, Program Consultant with The Retirement Research Foundation, and Ramsey Alwin, Senior Director, Economic Security, the National Council on Aging. From October 29, 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

Older Adults Starting More and More Small Businesses
In February, The New York Times ran a story about older adults as entrepreneurs. According to one study mentioned in the article, people in the 55-to-64 age group had the highest rate of business start-ups in the last decade, despite the often difficult task of raising money. Read the article 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 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


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

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

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

Member News

GIA would like to welcome our newest Member, Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, an independent foundation focusing on areas that support independent senior living, including consumer education and case management, minor home repairs, transportation, and adult day care/respite.

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) cordially invites all GIA members to attend the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards Reception, which will be held on March 13, 2014, during the American Society on Aging conference in San Diego. The reception will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, Coronado DE Room. The event is free, but you must RSVP by calling FCA at (415) 434-3388 OR sending an email (please make the subject of your email "Gilbert Awards RSVP" and include the number of people for RSVP). Appetizers and beverages will be served.

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.


Report: Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective
At a time when the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to 1.5 billion by mid-century, public opinion on whether the growing number of older people is a problem varies dramatically around the world, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey also finds a wide divergence in people’s confidence that they will have an adequate standard of living in their old age. Read more and download the report.

Brief: Long-Term Care: What Are the Issues?
The U.S. population is aging and people with chronic illnesses are living longer. This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issue brief outlines projected costs of care, potential strategies for reducing those costs, and the obstacles we face in dealing with the growing need for such services. Download the brief.

Toolkit: Put Pain In Its Place
Looking for a healthy aging program to offer in your community? Free copies of Put Pain in its Place, a toolkit the National Council on Aging developed with the Arthritis Foundation, is now available to educate older adults about osteoarthritis. The kit includes a leader’s guide, poster, presentation, and more. Order the full toolkit.

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 1,200 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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