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::: June 2016

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GIA CEO John Feather encourages all GIA members and their colleagues to participate in the upcoming American Society on Aging (ASA) Roundtable, “Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts,” on June 14, 2016, in Washington, DC. Current ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and past ASA Board Chair John Feather will report on and discuss results from ASA’s 2015 research entitled, "Gauging Aging: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America." Registration is free, but required to attend. To register, please go to the ASA website.
Funders: AARP, Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundationthe Endowment for Health, and Rose Community Foundation.
John Feather Selected as GSA Fellow
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has chosen GIA CEO John Feather as a 2016 Fellow under the Social Research Policy and Practice section. The status of fellow is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Click here to read the full press release.

Nominations for the 2016 Grantmakers In Aging Diversity Award Now Open
GIA is now accepting nominations for its Diversity Award. 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.

Nomination forms should be submitted electronically to Darla Minnich, with "2016 GIA Diversity Award" in the subject line. Nomination deadline is July 11, 2016. 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.

Conversations with GIA
Holocaust Survivors: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Aging in Place
Today, most Holocaust survivors are in their 80s and 90s, and one in four lives in poverty. They are at risk for poor physical and mental health and social isolation. Join the webinar on Monday, June 6, 2016, from 2–3pm Eastern. Participants will explore programs helping Holocaust survivors to age in place with dignity, and learn methods that can be applicable to other survivors of persecution. Click here to read more and to register.

Mark your calendar for our upcoming webinars:
Age-Friendly Communities: The Economic Case: July 20, 2–3pm ET

::: Missed a webinar? Archives of GIA webinars can be found on our website.

Harvard Pilgrim Foundation Awards “Healthy Food for Every Age” Grants
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation announced it has awarded $202,950 in new “Healthy Food for Every Age” grants to 22 not-for-profit initiatives in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. The funded programs are designed to help older adults eat better and stay connected to their communities through community garden, cooking, and nutrition programs. For more information, please see the press release.
John A. Hartford Foundation Employees Honored at Commencement Ceremonies
Senior Program Officer Amy Berman received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University and also delivered a commencement address to the graduating class of the university’s undergraduate School of Nursing.
And at the NYU Rory Meyer College of Nursing graduation ceremony, President Terry Fulmer received the Humanitarian Award in recognition of her outstanding humanitarian efforts on behalf of professional nursing.

Eisner Foundation Lists Two Job Postings
The Eisner Foundation, which was founded in 1996 to identify, advocate for, and invest in high-quality and innovative programs that unite multiple generations for the betterment of our communities, has recently announced two openings in May: Director of Communications and Foundation Administrator. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, click here.

California HealthCare Foundation Seeks Senior Program Officer, High Value Care
The senior program officer (SPO) will join the High-Value Care (HVC) team, with a particular focus on behavioral health care, and the potential to assume responsibilities in other areas over time. The SPO reports to the director of High-Value Care, and will work collaboratively with staff both in HVC and in other programs. Click here for a full list of responsibilities, requirements, and instructions on how to apply.

The Commonwealth Fund Seeks Program Officer, Breakthrough Health Care Opportunities
The Breakthrough Health Care Opportunities program aims to discover, develop, and test transformative ideas, strategies, and tools that can potentially lead to dramatically better health care access and quality, lower costs, and improved health outcomes. The program officer will be responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the breakthrough opportunities program and budget as he or she seeks alternatives to current approaches that are capable of positively and profoundly disrupting the status quo. Read the full job description here.

Maine Health Access Foundation Searching for New President & CEO
Since its founding in 2000, the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has established a national reputation for forward-looking, collaborative, and innovative philanthropy that promotes access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improves the health of everyone in Maine. To read a summary of MeHAF’s work and to learn about the attributes the organization is seeking in its CEO, please click here.

Endowment for Health Invites Applications for New Hampshire Opportunity Grants

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects that address urgent needs and emerging opportunities, innovative projects, and/or projects that build and disseminate knowledge that can improve the health of New Hampshire residents. The deadline for applications is July 8, 2016. To learn more, click here.

Deadline Extended for Nominations for the 2016 Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation
The Aging & Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association is still accepting nominations for the 2016 Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation. The award was established in 1997 to identify best practice models in the field of health and aging, and to provide recognition and an opportunity to highlight the work at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association. To submit an application, or to view a list of past winners, click here.

Duke Endowment Awards $18.2 Million in Healthcare Grants

Trustees of The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast, have approved more than $18.2 million in 30 new grants to organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Its work in North Carolina and South Carolina focuses on four program areas: Child Care, Health Care, Higher Education and rural United Methodist churches. To learn more, read the full press release.

New Affiliate Member, Habitat for Humanity, Showcases Their Work With Older Adults
In the May issue of Habitat, the magazine of Habitat for Humanity International, the organization discusses how they help people stay in their homes as they age. Working with groups like The Plough Foundation, Service Over Self and MLGW, Habitat will be able to repair or rehab 250 homes in Shelby County, Tennessee, in 2016. In addition, the 2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Project, along with volunteers, homeowners, and future homeowners, will work to build and repair homes in Uptown Memphis, as well as complete beautification projects in the area. You can read the full article, “No Place Like Home,” for more information.

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Hosting Two Upcoming Webinars
GIA CEO John Feather will be moderating two webinars for JFNA’S Strategic Health Resource Center Webinar Series. The first, on June 22 from 3-4pm Eastern, “Capitalizing on Health Information Technology Opportunities,” will focus on the importance of health information technology legislation and regulation from the provider, software developer, and advocacy perspectives (RSVP by June 17). The second, on July 19 from 3-4pm Eastern, “Reforming Long-Term Care Financing and Delivery,” will feature thought leaders discussing recent reports and the next steps to reforming long-term care (RSVP by July 15). If you would like to attend either webinar, please RSVP to Allison Redisch via email.

Call for Applications: Elder Justice Innovation Grants

The Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living has released a new grant program to support the development and advancement of new and emerging issues related to elder justice. Applications are due June 20, 2016. For more information, click here.

Call for Applications: Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health Program
The Practice Change Leaders program is a one-year opportunity to gain enhanced leadership skills and content expertise to positively influence care for older adults. Leaders complete a project aimed at integrating improved care for older adults within their organization. Applications are due August 30, 2016, and awards will start January 1, 2017. To Learn more about the program and to apply, click here. Support provided by the Atlantic Philanthropies and The John A. Hartford Foundation.
Cambia Health Foundation’s Report on Palliative Care Published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine
A special report by 10 physicians and nurses of the inaugural cohort of Cambia Health Foundation's Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program was accepted and published in the recent issue of Journal of Palliative Medicine: “The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadersip Program: Project Summaries from the Inaugural Scholar Cohort.” GIA understands and supports the need for increased training in palliative care throughout the health care system, in order to care for those who are suffering from serious illnesses. Click here to read the full report.

Meet GIA’s Affiliate Members and Newest Member!
A central tenet of GIA membership is having the opportunity to communicate and interact within the Grantmaking community. That being said, we hope you’ll enjoy this monthly feature in which we shine the spotlight on a few of our affiliate members as well as our newest member, the Sierra Health Foundation.

This information is pulled from our members-only online directory. You can log into the directory at anytime to find and reach out to your fellow GIA members! We’re also glad to help you connect member-to-member. If you’d like more information on any of the members listed below, feel free to email us at or

Affiliate Members:

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (Public)
Focus Areas:
  • Health Services (Home Care, Social Work)
  • Public Policy (Influencing policy that impacts older adults and the people that take care of senior citizens)
  • Research and Education

    Meals on Wheels of America (Public)
    Focus Areas:
  • Food and Nutrition (Provides a nutritious meal and friendly safety check to seniors)
Capital Impact Partners (Public)
Focus Areas:
  • Health Care Lending
  • Education (Charter School Lending)
  • Food and Nutrition (Healthy Food Financing; manage the California FreshWorks Fund)
  • Housing (Investments in Affordable Housing in over 229 communities)
  • Place-Based Revitalization (Invest in Resources in Revitalized Communities; leading the Detroit Corridor Initiative)
Habitat for Humanity (Public)
Focus Areas:
  • Housing (Building Affordable Houses for Low-Income or Disadvantaged Families)
New Member:

Sierra Health Foundation (Private Foundation)
Focus Areas:

    GIA Member
     Have you tried the new GIA members-only portal? It’s a great way to stay connected with GIA and to share information with our members. If you are a GIA member, you should have received an email with temporary credentials. If you didn't get the email, or if you have any questions, comments, need technical support or would like a one-to-one tutorial session, please feel free to contact Maria Gonzales-Jackson, Director of Membership and Programs.

    Welcoming New Membership Intern
    Cameron Osmond is a Membership Intern at Grantmakers in Aging, working specifically to develop and enhance the Membership Portal and Database systems. He currently resides in Flower Mound, Texas, and attends the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in English and Government in the Liberal Arts Honors program.

    County and City of Los Angeles Announce Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Initiative
    The County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services (CSS), in coordination with the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, AARP, The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and the UCLA Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging announced the launch of Purposeful Aging Los Angeles – an innovative, sustained initiative to make the Los Angeles region the most age friendly in the world. To learn more about the initiative, read the full press release.

    ASA Kathy Greenlee Named “Champion for Justice” in Fight Against Elder Abuse
    The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention presented Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator Kathy Greenlee with a Champion for Justice award. The award recognizes a public official who advances elder abuse prevention and innovation. Visit the Administration for Community Living website for more information.

    Gary & Mary West Foundation Profiled in Inside Philanthropy
    On May 9, Inside Philanthropy published an article detailing the work of the Gary & Mary West Foundation in improving the healthcare landscape for seniors throughout the country. You can read the article here.

    Building Capacity to Provide Behavioral Health Services to Dual Eligibles
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Financial Alignment Initiative to improve the quality of care received by low-income adults who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid—known as dual eligibles. A recent update on the Initiative presented to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission highlighted four challenges to providing behavioral health services to this population. This blog describes the challenges and proposes strategies to overcome them.

    The Medicaid Managed Care Rule: The Major Challenges States Face
    This article by The Commonwealth Fund discusses the fallout of the new CMS ruling and how it will affect states’ Medicaid programs. Read the full article here.

    2035: Will We Age With Independence?
    In this comic, you can follow the story of a man who daydreams his way into a future where vital health data are transmitted to off-site professionals who check in remotely, allowing for peace of mind and independence. Drawing on recent literature, the comic imagines a world where advances in technology have made aging in place an attainable reality for many Americans. Read the comic here.
    A Primer on Retirement Security
    Every indication is that the Baby Boom generation will be in worse financial shape in retirement than the present generation, which makes understanding and supporting economic security a major concern for policy makers, aging service providers, and foundations. GIA offers this new resource for funders and others: A Primer on Retirement Security, written by Ellen Bruce, JD, Senior Fellow at the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies. Download it here.

    Mark your calendar and join GIA at these upcoming online and in-person events. Please note that some events require advance registration.
    :::June 6, 2–3pm ET
    Conversations with GIA
    Holocaust Survivors: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Aging in Place

    :::June 21-23
    IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World
    Brisbane, Australia
    :::June 22
    Webinar: Capitalizing on Health Information Technology Opportunities

    :::July 20, 2–3pm ET
    Webinar: Age-Friendly Communities: The Economic Case
    :::August 25
    8th International Positive Aging Conference
    Washington, DC

    :::October 26-28
    GIA Annual Conference
    Portland, OR

    Grantmakers In Aging
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    Arlington, VA 22202
    Phone 703.413.0413

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