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July 2, 2014

Now that GIA has wrapped up its first “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest as part of GIA’s Community AGEnda Initiative, we’ve been analyzing the impact of the contest and the role social media played in its success. The photo contest, which identified 18 photos from around the world, was trying to provide answers, in photographs, to a simple question: What does “age-friendly” look like?

The response was phenomenal. We received 500+ entries from 26 countries and more than 50,000 visits to the GIA’s Facebook page, where the contest was hosted. The winner’s announcements, which began on May 28, received nice media pick up in several online publications and garnered more than 250,000 Twitter impressions and a host of new followers for GIA.

Keep an eye out for these striking photos on GIA’s website and materials and at GIA’s annual conference in the Fall

Open Positions at GIA

GIA is currently seeking candidates for the position of Director of Programs and Membership. This position will be responsible for the development and coordination of new programs aimed at meeting membership recruitment, engagement and retention goals as well as expanding the organization’s impact by bringing funders together around key issues of importance in the aging sector. Working closely with the CEO and Annual Conference Directors, the selected candidate will also ensure the high quality of GIA programming while supporting and expanding on the content available to its membership.

This search is being conducted by Vetted Solutions, a Washington, DC-based executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting. For confidential consideration or referrals, email Jim Zaniello, President of Vetted Solutions, or call 202.544.4749.

Community AGEnda Update

In his latest blog for the Huffington Post, GIA CEO John Feather reflects on the global diversity of age-friendly communities and how the images from the GIA "Friendly Places, Friendly Faces" photo contest (part of Community AGEnda) helps us visualize and understand the power of the idea. Read the entire blog post.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities

Learn What Steps to Take Before Conducting a Community Assessment
Distributed to the 60 registrants of last month's Learning Circle for Funders, a new GIA resource, "Building Great Communities: Consider an Age-Friendly Community Assessment" is available here. The document points out steps to take before conducting a community assessment, the importance of collecting data that leads to action, a range of potential stakeholders to be engaged, and five assessment tools reviewed by GIA members.

The goal of GIA's Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is to mobilize funders across the nation to create sustainable age-friendly communities through collaborations with local government, regional planning organizations, and federated funders like United Way and Jewish Federation. Generously funded by Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, Funders for Age-Friendly Communities provides grantmakers with practical "how-to" materials, webinars, and learning circles.

If you or other funders are interesting in joining this group, please contact Barbara Greenberg to be added to the list.

Conversations with GIA

The next Conversations with GIA, How Do I Know What’s Right For My Community? Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific). Jeanne Anthony, AARP Livable Communities, Judy Willett, National Director, Village to Village Network, and Derenda Schubert, Executive Director of Bridge Meadows Intergenerational Community, will share innovative strategies that promote aging-in-community and the evidence that they work and are replicable.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The John A. Hartford Foundation; The New York Academy of Medicine; Community AGEnda; and The Pfizer Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.
  • Click here to register for the July 22 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 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.

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

Aging News

Cyber-Seniors: Connecting Generations Campaign Seeks to Engage One Million Mentors to Bridge the Technology Gap for Older Adults
Cyber-Seniors is a training program developed and the journey filmed by teen sisters. The heartwarming and fun documentary film proves the adage, “you’re never too old to learn something new,” showing initially reluctant seniors discovering the wonders of the Internet with help from teen mentors.

Cyber-Seniors is working with national and local partners to use the film and program to engage mentor/mentees and expand training available in communities. The eight-month campaign features 80+ film screenings/events, Cyber-Mentor Pledge Drive, YouTube video contest around Grandparents Day, September 7, 2014. National partners include AARP Foundation Mentor Up (4-H, Generations United, Magic Johnson Foundation,, Temple University Intergenerational Centre), Project GOAL, CARP, Area23a and many local partners.

New Scorecard Highlights the Need for Information and Access to Services
Most Americans will eventually need services to help them live independently, but many of them do not know where to turn for help or how to pay for these services. That's a major reason why Aging and Disability Resource Centers are important to help them find the services they need.

How well do they meet the needs of those seeking their help? One indication can be found in the newly released second edition of the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard, blogs Wendy Fox-Grage. Get the answer and learn from this first-hand account from the Fairfax County aging and disability resource center by reading the blog.

Awards and Grants

The Hartford Foundation Approves Two New Grants
In June, the John A. Hartford Foundation Board of Trustees approved two grants totaling $2.13 million. One grant supports the continuation of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program; the other provides funding to support an Institute of Medicine study on family caregiving.

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program
The Foundation awarded $1.6 million over four years to continue the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program, in partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies. Since 2006, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program has been developing a cadre of gero-expert leaders who can change the way health care is delivered to older Americans. The Health and Aging Policy Fellows program is the country’s only fellowship that targets aging and health issues and aims to build a stronger knowledge base to improve health policy for older adults. This new grant, in direct alignment with Hartford’s new strategic direction and its Change AGEnts Initiative, will help fund 44 new joint Hartford-Atlantic funded Fellows. More information about the fellowship can be found here.

The Institute of Medicine & Gerontological Society of America
A Study of Family Caregiving for Older Adults

The Foundation awarded $400,000 over two years to the Institute of Medicine and $130,000 to the Gerontological Society of America in support of an expert study on family caregiving for elders. As the nation ages—and in order to support the needs of families caring for ever-greater numbers of older adults with complex conditions—it is imperative that a framework for family caregiving policy and action be established. The Institute of Medicine study will establish a credible set of policy and practice recommendations that advance support for family caregiving. The Hartford Foundation’s Change AGEnts Caregiving and Dementia Network—under the leadership of the Gerontological Society of America—will engage in complementary activities, including advising on the scope of the Institute of Medicine’s study, providing testimony to inform the recommendations, and conducting action-oriented efforts focused on implementation of the findings.

Click here and see this blog post by Foundation Program Director Chris Langston for more information on these grants visit.

Helen Bader Foundation Receives $2 Million for Healthy Aging Program
The Helen Bader Foundation (HBF) in Milwaukee has announced a $2 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in support of an initiative to keep older adults in rural Wisconsin healthy and mentally and physically engaged.

As part of the 18-month initiative, the foundation will re-grant the funds to local nonprofits, with an initial focus on programs supporting healthy aging and livable communities where rural older adults can age with grace. The grant is in addition to the roughly $1.5 million HBF awards annually in support of healthy aging programs. Read more here.


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

Conversations with GIA: How Do I Know What’s Right For My Community? Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions
July 22, 2014
Click here to register.


The John A. Hartford Foundation has announced that Executive Director Corinne H. Rieder, Ed.D, will retire after 16 years of leading the Foundation effective upon completion of a national search for a successor. During her tenure at the John A. Hartford Foundation, Dr. Rieder—the first woman to serve as executive director of the Foundation—expanded Hartford's efforts to build academic capacity in geriatrics in schools of medicine, nursing and social work, creating a lasting impact in all these disciplines. Read more on the Hartford Foundation website.

Open Positions

The SCAN Foundation is seeking candidates for the position of Program Officer (Policy), who will develop, monitor, and evaluate grants to further the Foundation’s charitable purpose and advance the Board-approved strategic framework. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Samantha Yi, using the subject line "The SCAN Foundation – Program Officer." A complete job description can be found here.

AARP Foundation, which provides a number of services to older adults, is currently seeking a Program Manager, Impact Area - Housing. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the national landscape of aging and housing at this critical moment, to help ensure adequate and affordable housing for vulnerable, low-income 50+ adults. Read the full job description here.

Member News

The American Society of Association Executives has selected the CEA Foundation as a 2014“ Power of A” Gold Award winner for its work supporting innovative nonprofits linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that enhances their lives. Read the press release.

The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) recently awarded a $148,268 grant to the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College to establish a unique educational and service program called Volunteers Organized in Community Engagement Project (VOICE). The program will make use of the special talents of the 600 members of the Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning, which was established in 2013 to offer non-credit courses to older adult residents of Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville and surrounding central Florida communities. Read more on the WPHF website.

The Board of Directors of the Archstone Foundation, committed to preparing society in meeting the needs of an aging population, approved 15 grants, totaling $2,077,390, during the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. The grants represent the Foundation’s ongoing investment in Responsive Grantmaking, its strategy to address the emerging and unmet needs of California’s diverse aging population and those who serve them. Read about the Archstone Foundation’s recent grants on its website.

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 1,520 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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