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October 1, 2014

It’s difficult to know just how the GIA Annual Conference can change the trajectory of your organization’s grantmaking efforts. One thing is for sure: the conference is a great place to make connections and establish meaningful collaborations. Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Project Manager, Kansas City Communities for All Ages, Mid-America Regional Council, recently explained how a conference connection helped her organization shape a key program strategy:
“The foundation where I work was seriously considering a grant to support a geriatric certification program. At my first GIA conference, I met a program officer from a foundation with several years’ experience in funding workforce development programs. He described how his foundation used research strongly suggesting support of master’s-level programs has greater impact than certification programs. As a result, they now fund only subsidies for master’s-level programs. I brought this information back to our foundation, and we altered our strategy.”
You can enjoy these types of connections, too, but only if you attend. Click here to register for the conference. Or check out the program brochure and start planning your travel.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Annual Conference Update 
New California HealthCare Foundation Chief to Join Palliative Care Pre-conference
 GIA is pleased to announce that Sandra Hernández, MD, the new President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) will be a featured speaker at the GIA pre-conference session, Exploring Palliative Care Together, which will take place on Wednesday, October 22, from 8:30 –11:30 am.  Before coming to CHCF, Dr. Hernández was the CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. She previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco.
The three-hour workshop will welcome funders engaged in or exploring palliative care, an extra layer of support for those with serious and debilitating illness. This session should be of interest to local, regional, and national funders concerned with aging, chronic disease, disparity, access, re-hospitalization, transitions of care, vulnerable populations, patient engagement, family caregiving, health care reform, health policy, and workforce.
A second pre-conference meeting, Aging Mastery Program: Opportunities for Participation, has also been added to on Wednesday, from 10:30 – 11:45 am. Convened by the Patterson Foundation and the Silverman Charitable Group, this meeting is for funders who are already engaged or who are interested in learning more about the Aging Mastery Program™, a program developed by the National Council on Aging, and the multi-community, rapid cycle innovation program that will be launched beginning in January 2015.
RSVP to Darla Minnich if you plan to participate in either of these new sessions. You need not be registered for the larger conference to attend.

Community AGEnda Update
What does an age-friendly community look like? We received many different examples in our "Friendly Places, Friendly Faces" photo contest, captured in this new infographic from Community AGEnda. Download, post, or share freely!
Another infographic, Blueprint for Success, can help would-be age-friendly communities find important starting points for their work. Share it with your colleagues!
Also, MARC's Cathy Boyer-Shesol co-authored an important piece for Kansas Government Journal on meeting the challenge of the aging Baby Boom generation and building age-friendly communities.
Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Can you join us on October 22-24 at the annual conference of GIA in San Francisco? Funded by Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, Funders for Age-Friendly Communities will host two learning opportunities for locally focused and national funders interested in creating good places for people to grow older. Both are on Thursday, October 23:
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast meeting — a Learning Circle for Funders interested in meeting and exchanging information with colleagues about how to take the next steps to create age-friendly communities. Moderator is Barbara Greenberg of The Philanthropic Group and GIA’s Funders for Age-Friendly Communities.
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Sustainable Age-Friendly Communities: What Roles Can Grantmakers Play? Speakers: Jeanne Anthony of AARP’s Livable Communities team which has a network of 37 communities nationwide that have helped their communities provide features such as safe walkable streets and better housing and transportation options. Martha Pelaez, PhD, director of the Healthy Aging Initiative at the Health Foundation of South Florida and co-director of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative which has focused on development and implementation of age-friendly considerations in government planning policies as well as improvements in infrastructure and programs in parks.
Also, SAVE THE DATE! November 18th at 3 pm Eastern. GIA’s CEO, John Feather, will moderate a webinar on strategies and tactics for “selling” the benefits of an age-friendly community. Speakers include John Beilenson, President of Strategic Communications and Planning, who has worked closely with GIA and the five Pfizer Foundation-funded Community AGEnda locations in Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami, Phoenix, and the State of Indiana.

Conversations with GIA
Our upcoming webinar, The Scaling Marketplace: A New Strategy Helping Funders Seeking to Achieve Large-Scale Impact, an exciting new way for foundations to achieve greater impact through their grantmaking, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 2:00 pm Eastern (11:00 am Pacific). Alex Rossides, CEO and co-founder of the Social Impact Exchange, will present an overview of The Scaling Marketplace model and the investments currently offered through the Scaling Marketplace, with a particular focus on those that benefit aging adults in the U.S. Christopher Langston, Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation and Chair of the GIA Board of Directors, will share his experience as one of the original members of the Scaling Marketplace’s Health Working Group and how his participation has supported his foundation’s goals. 

Special thanks to our sponsor, The John A. Hartford Foundation.
PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

• Click here to register for the October 7 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:

How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life, with Chris Girkin, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Professor in the UAB Dept. of Ophthalmology and Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director of the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama. From September 5, 2012. Click here to view.
Connecting Generations Through Documentary and Intergenerational Tech Training, with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation, and Brenda Rusnak, producer, Cyber-Seniors. From August 12, 2014. Click here to view.
How Do I Know What Is Right For My Community — Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions, with Jeanne Anthony, Senior Program Manager at AARP Livable Communities, Judy Willett, National Director of Village to Village Network, and Derenda Schubert, Executive Director at Bridge Meadows Intergenerational Community. From July 22, 2014. Click here to view.

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-Foley, Administration for Community Living, Erin Westphal, The SCAN Foundation, and Nora OBrien-Suric, The John A. Hartford Foundation. From May 12, 2014. Click here to view.

Conversations with GIA: The Scaling Marketplace: A New Strategy Helping Funders Seeking to Achieve Large-Scale Impact
October 7, 2014, 2:00 pm EDT
Click here to register

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

Member News
GIA is pleased to spotlight The McGregor Foundation, which supports older adults in need, as well as those who serve them, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which encompasses the Greater Cleveland area. The Foundation is an outgrowth of its parent program, The A.M. McGregor Home, a nonprofit provider of aging services and residential care and housing across the entire continuum of need. It has served vulnerable seniors in greater Cleveland for more than a century. Read the full member spotlight here.
Program Officer for People with Special Needs
The New York Community Trust, the community foundation for New York City, seeks a Program Officer for People with Special Needs. The position is a part of a five-person team responsible for grantmaking in the area of Health and People with Special Needs and works under the supervision of the Vice President for Programs and Projects. Click here to download a full job description. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Joan Reedy. No phone calls, please.
Awards and Grants 
Generations United, a new partner in Community AGEnda, is announcing their 2014 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, which will recognize a community that is a great place for all generations. The application can be found here, and the deadline is October 15, 2014. Last year’s recipient was one of the Community AGEnda grantees, Maricopa Association of Governments (Greater Phoenix Region). 


Article: Focus on Falls Prevention

September 23 was National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) as designated by a Senate Resolution. Serious falls are not a normal part of aging. Learn 5 falls myths and share 6 steps to prevent a fall.

Article: What Happens When We All Live to 100?
The Buck Institute was featured in the October issue of The Atlantic. Read the article here.

Report: Housing America's Older Adults
America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a recent report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation. According to Housing America’s Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population, the number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 132 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000. But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too short supply. Read the report.

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