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August 3, 2015
It’s been an exciting and eventful summer. As you may have heard, AARP, the AARP Foundation, Capital Impact Partners, and the Calvert Foundation recently launched a new program called Age[Strong]. The goal of the program is to “invest more than $70 million in organizations that create solutions for older, low income Americans.” Unlike the traditional philanthropic grant funding, this is a loan fund that allows individuals and organizations to invest in the fund and receive a return on their investment.

GIA CEO John Feather has referred to Age[Strong] as a possible game changer and is engaging Lisa Marsh Ryerson, CEO of the AARP Foundation, to learn more about this program. Look for updates in the near future, but in the meantime, we should all think about how philanthropy fits into this innovative funding model and how we can use it as part of our strategic discussion to reframe aging philanthropy in a new ways.

John also had the great opportunity to attend the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) in July, which brought together powerful doers and thinkers to have a candid conversation about issues facing aging Americans. John penned a post for the HuffPost blog, summarizing some of the initiatives discussed and reflecting on the adventure. You can read the post in its entirety here.

Earlier in the month, John published another HuffPost post about his experiences growing up gay, and the current climate facing the LGBT community, particularly with regard to older Americans. You can find the piece here.

Like we said, a busy summer — and we’re only halfway through. So take a deep breath, don’t forget to catch a few fireflies, and let’s finish the summer strong, reinvigorating our commitment to improve the lives of older adults. 
Annual Conference News
Registration for GIA’s annual conference is Now Open!
The conference will take place October 28 to 30, 2015, in Washington DC. This year’s theme is, “Soaring Into the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy.”

To help us reach those heights, we’ve added some exciting content:
  • Site visits that will allow attendees to experience an innovative model in aging wellness that incorporates art therapy, art-making, and creativity into caring for the aging mind and body.
  • Conference intensive sessions to help attendees learn about strategies for helping people age at home and in their communities, or about national efforts to strengthen the business acumen of the aging network.
  • An amazing keynote speaker, Ai-jen Poo, 2014 MacArthur Fellow, labor organizer, and founder of the Caring Across Generations campaign, who will speak about the challenges and opportunities she sees in the coming elder boom—and her bold ideas for addressing them.
Please visit the GIA website where you can register for the conference, check out the program brochure, and start planning your travel. You should receive a program brochure in the mail soon, as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Darla Minnich or call her at (937) 681-5213.
Grantmaking News
Archstone Foundation Announces $3,038,859 in New Grants
The Board of Directors of Archstone Foundation, a grantmaking foundation committed to preparing our society for meeting the needs of an aging population, approved 18 grants totaling $3,038,859 during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. Grantmakers In Aging received one of these grants, a two-year grant of $174,550 to continue to update and “reframe” the public discourse about older adults (ageism): who they are, what issues affect them, how they contribute to society, and how society can best integrate their needs and contributions. A complete list of Archstone Foundation grantees and additional information may be found on the organization's website.
The Eisner Foundation Prioritizes Intergenerational Grantmaking
The Eisner Foundation announced plans to dedicate its competitive grantmaking in Los Angeles exclusively to charitable programs that connect multiple generations to overcome society’s most persistent challenges of inequality, lack of access, and injustice. With this evolution, the organization becomes the only U.S. foundation solely dedicated to funding intergenerational programs. Read more about the foundation’s new focus here.

Member News
West Health Announces New CEO
West Health, which includes the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center, recently announced that Nick Valeriani will retire from the organization’s chief executive position, effective September 4, 2015. Valeriani will remain on the Gary and Mary West Health Institute’s board of directors and will join the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center’s board. Shelley Lyford, currently the Institute’s chief operating officer and president of successful aging, will assume the role of chief executive of West Health. She also serves as president and chief executive officer of the Gary and Mary West Foundation. Read the full press release for more details.

Generations United Gears Up for Grandparents Day With Updated Site
Grandparents Day is September 13, and Generations United has updated the Grandparents Day site with new partner logos, new materials, and a new call to action, Do Something Grand. Make sure you check out the updated Take Action Guide, which features wonderful intergenerational programs and ways to bring younger and older people together for intergenerational activism, as well as Grand Things to Do, a list of articles to read and activities to do during the run-up to Grandparents Day. Generations United has also created a social media guide with memes, sample Tweets and Facebook posts to help you celebrate!

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Monday, September 28, 2015, 2:00–3:00 pm ET 
Better Transportation for Older Adults
Attention, foundations or other funders, such as AAA, UJA-Federation, United Way, or government agency! Want to learn how to improve transportation for older adults in your community? Four presenters will share their experience leveraging private and public grant dollars to cause lasting change in transportation and mobility options for older residents of differing physical abilities — from public transportation to ride shares, walking, taxis, and more.

Renee Ray of Atlanta Regional Commission; Amy St. Peter of Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix; Cathy Boyer-Shesol of Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City; and Isabel Rovira of Urban Health Solutions in Miami.

John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging.

This webinar was designed by Funders for Age-Friendly Communities, a GIA initiative supported with grants from Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide. To register CLICK HERE or contact us at HERE.
Conversations with GIA 
If you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:
Supporting Military/Veteran Caregivers: An Aging Services Perspective. In this web seminar you will learn about the challenges in the lives of these “Hidden Heroes,” emerging programs and services, and the role that foundations can play in helping to end their isolation and desperation. From June 9, 2015. Click here to view.

Homelessness and Aging. This webinar explores the ways in which systems serving seniors can work better together and the funder’s role in ending and preventing homelessness for older adults. From May 20, 2015. Download the slides here.

Reframing Aging: Understanding and Changing the Way Americans Think About Aging. This webinar, presented by the Frameworks Institute, presents preliminary results from a project designed to reframe our public conversation about aging. From May 5, 2015. Click here to view.
Future of Nursing. This webinar focuses on The Robert Wood Johnson’s Future of Nursing Scholars program. Presenter Sue Hassmiller, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) senior adviser for nursing, shares her vision for expanding the program’s funders community and the research implications for its scholars to expand into the field of gerontological studies. From April 15, 2015. Click here to view. 

2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28–30, 2015
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
Washington DC 
Better Transportation for Older Adults
September 28, 2015
2:00–3:00 pm ET
The IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
The International Federation on Ageing will hold its 13th Global Conference in Brisbane, Australia, from June 21 to June 23, 2016. It will be a seminal age-friendly event that enables decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers, and community members to share their experiences to support rapidly aging populations worldwide. The central theme of the 13th IFA Conference will be on natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies in an aging world. While there is a focus on disasters in an aging world, the conference will cover the broad range of age-related issues. Learn more on IFA's conference site.
Gary and Mary West Foundation Seeks Program Officer
The Gary and Mary West Foundation is recruiting a Program Officer to further its Successful Aging work. The position is full-time and located at the Foundation’s Solana Beach office, approximately 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. The successful candidate must thrive in a small-office, collaborative environment. A detailed job description can be found here.

Website: New Site
At the White House Conference on Aging, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services unveiled, a new website designed for older adults, caregivers, and families to find government resources to age well.

Report: ACTIVE AGEING: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution
The International Longevity Centre Brazil recently held a launch of its new report, "ACTIVE AGEING: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution" at the UN in New York City. You can read the report in its entirety here.

Report: Millions of Older Americans Facing Hunger
More than eight million baby boomers between the ages of 50 and 64 are turning to food assistance to make ends meet, a report from Feeding America finds. Read the PND synopsis here.

Public Policy Long-Term Care Update: Caregiving in the U.S. Report
AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving are continuing their Valuing the Invaluable series on family caregiving and the impact on caregivers, families, and society with an update of their report on caregiving in the U.S. The report updates national and individual state estimates of the economic value of family caregiving using the most current data available. Read the full report here.
Social Networking 
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