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April 1, 2014

It’s tax time, and we hope many of you will be finding refunds in your mailboxes. Even if you don’t, you can look forward to receiving an important communication about the 2014 GIA Annual Conference, followed by a complete program brochure and registration form in July. As you review that material, we’ll be hard at work reviewing the session proposals submitted through last month. GIA would like to thank everyone for submitting such thoughtful proposals. Our planning committee now has a wealth of information to draw upon to help shape the program agenda.

For inspiration, you might want to take a look at the Program Highlights from the 2013 Annual Conference. The all-digital version makes it especially easy to access notes, resources, handouts and other information from last year's great sessions. You can find the Program Highlights here

Community AGEnda Update

Watch GIA's new Community AGEnda age-friendly video!
Where do you want to grow old? A new video from GIA and Community AGEnda provides a quick overview of how communities can become more age-friendly.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities

United Way Worldwide Is On Board!
“We are thrilled that United Way Worldwide has joined GIA to support our efforts to increase the age-friendliness of communities across the nation,” GIA CEO John Feather announced. “With 1,200 local offices in the U.S., United Way Worldwide is well-positioned to spread the word about the importance of making communities good places for people of all ages.”

With a grant from United Way Worldwide along with initial funding from Pfizer Foundation, GIA’s new Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is developing practical “how-to” materials and webinars as well as a learning circle for funders. The goal is to engage funders across the nation in creating sustainable age-friendly communities that will result in enduring changes that make communities work well for older people. GIA members and other grantmakers will learn how to build effective collaborations with diverse stakeholders including local government, planning agencies, and federated funders like United Way and Jewish Federations.

Peter Beard, Senior Vice President of Impact Priorities with United Way Worldwide, said “We are looking forward to sharing GIA materials and resources with local United Way offices interested in becoming funding partners, and we are pleased to join with GIA through our newly established Center on Aging to make communities safe, accessible, healthy places to grow up and grow older.”

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

Program Offerings

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 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
The next Conversations with GIA, The Political Environment of Age-Friendliness, will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific). Our speakers will be Dr. Margaret Neal, Director of the School of Community Health: Institute on Aging, and Hugh O’Connor, CEO, Age-Friendly Ireland, leaders of two of the most impressive set of age-friendly scenarios in the world. They will discuss a number of important questions: What does it mean to decision-makers and politicians for their community to be age-friendly; is it an attractive proposition; if so, then how can the business case be made for political-buy in and engagement that brings with it funds?

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 April 29 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.

Also, mark your calendars for the following Conversations with GIA webinars in May:
Building the Business Acumen of Community-Based Organizations for Successful Health Care Partnerships will be held on May, 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Register here.

Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the U.S. will be held on May, 13, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Register here.

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

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.

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.

EngAGEment News and Information

The EngAGEment Intitiative a Success
GIA's EngAGEment Initiative has been making a difference in stimulating funding for aging causes since it's beginning in 2004. Since that time EngAGEment has generated 29 new partnerships between local funders and $6.5 million in new investments into aging. With a total of 114 foundations participating in EngAGEment, its impact is sure to be lasting. Read the Evaluation Brief for a complete overview.


Conversations with GIA: The Political Environment of Age-Friendliness
April 29, 2014
Register here.

Conversations with GIA: Building the Business Acumen of Community-Based Organizations for Successful Health Care Partnerships
May 12, 2014
Register here.

Conversations with GIA: Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the U.S.
May 13, 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


Judy Belk will lead The California Wellness Foundation as its next president and CEO, effective April 7, 2014. Belk is currently senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a position she has held since 2002.

Member News

GIA would like to welcome our newest members, Empire Health Foundation of Spokane, WA, and United Way Worldwide of New York, NY. 

The Health Trust recently launched a five-year wellness initiative that will invest $80 million over the next five years to advance three initiatives in California’s Silicon Valley: Healthy Living, Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging. The investment aims to make the valley more livable by reducing chronic homelessness, improving access to fruits and vegetables, bringing locally grown food into neighborhoods, and bolstering health insurance enrollment and health services, especially for senior citizens. Read more about the initiative on The Health Trust website.

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.

Grants and Awards

Hillman Foundation Launches New Innovations in Care Program
The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has launched the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, which will provide over $3 million in funding over the next five years to nursing-driven models of care that target vulnerable populations. The submission deadline for the first round of brief proposals is May 1, 2014. The foundation will notify those who are chosen to move forward in the review process by May 25 and will require full proposals by July 10, 2014. The foundation will award two grants of up to $600,000 each in December 2014.

The foundation has released a Request for Proposal that can be downloaded from the foundation website.


Toolkit: When to Take Social Security: It Pays to Wait!
The National Academy of Social Insurance has developed a new toolkit to educate workers approaching retirement about their options for taking Social Security benefits, and why it can pay to wait. Watch a video and download a fact sheet.

Online Calculators: Spending and Debt Reduction
EconomicCheckUp, from the National Council on Aging, helps seniors find benefit programs that can help pay for medications, health care, food, utilities, and more. The EconomicCheckUp site also offers share-the-spending and debt-reduction calculators to help seniors get their finances in order.

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.

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