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November 5, 2015
GIA would like to thank all of the conference sponsors, planning committee members, session designers, presenters, facilitators, and attendees who joined us in Washington DC for the 2015 annual conference. In the coming months, we will be presenting highlights, learnings, and other resources from the event on the GIA website.

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for the 2016 GIA Annual Conference, which will be held in Portland, OR, at The Nines Hotel, on October 26-28, 2016. GIA is seeking members to join us in serving on the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee. The majority of the work is done between January and June, with the committee meeting monthly for one-hour conference calls.

After a call for sessions, committee members will be asked to review approximately 20 to 25 proposals and evaluate them by completing a rating sheet. During this process, the committee holds one face-to-face meeting to discuss the proposal ratings and make the final selections for the program. This meeting will be held in Portland in early- to mid-April. Attendance in person is not mandatory, but highly beneficial.

If you would like to volunteer or request more information, please email Darla Minnich or call her at 937.681.5213. And even if you don’t participate on the planning committee, you can still shape next year’s conference — by sharing topics to include on the agenda. Please send your ideas to Darla Minnich
2015 Conference Update
Grantmakers In Aging Presents the 2015 Diversity Award to the Center for Medicare Advocacy 
GIA established the GIA Diversity Award to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their aging-related work. We are proud to recognize the inspirational work of this year’s winner, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, for its work to advance access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and quality health care for older people and people with disabilities. Two examples of the Center’s work include the Jimmo Settlement, which seeks to improve healthcare for disabled and chronically ill older people by eliminating a practice that illegally denied tens of thousands access to necessary care, and Ensuring Medicare Coverage of Technology Advances, which has led many diverse individuals and collaborators, before both CMS and Congress, to obtain Medicare coverage for technological advances that improve quality of life for people living with chronic conditions and disabilities. Judith Stein, the Center’s Executive Director, accepted the award.
Aging News
AARP Foundation Launches $70 Million Social Investment Initiative 
The AARP Foundation has announced the launch of Age Strong, a social investment initiative that seeks to support enterprises working to provide critical services and programs for vulnerable low-income older adults.

Developed in partnership with the Calvert Foundation and Capital Impact Partners, the initiative will provide a total of $70 million in loans to enterprises and projects working to create affordable housing for older adults, improve their financial security and access to healthy foods, and develop community-oriented models of care. To that end, the AARP Foundation will match up to $6 million raised by the Calvert Foundation from impact investors, while Capital Impact Partners will provide financing to enterprises working to address the needs of struggling adults age 50 and older. Read more here.
AARP, J.P. Morgan Asset Management Create “Innovation Fund” to Invest in Companies Focused on Improving the Lives of People 50-plus
AARP and J.P. Morgan Asset Management have announced the formation of the AARP Innovation Fund, a first-of-its-kind investment fund with approximately $40 million in assets that will provide capital to innovative companies focusing on improving the lives of people 50-plus. As the sole third-party investor in this fund, advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, AARP will make direct investments in innovative companies that meet its mission and strategic goals. AARP partnered with J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Endowments & Foundations Group and its Private Equity Group to source and evaluate potential investments for the fund. Read the full press release here.

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Archive of Webinars for Funders
Webinars hosted by GIA's Funders for Age-Friendly Communities can be found in the archives on the GIA website, so check it out if you missed the September 28 webinar, Better Transportation for Older Adults. Also in the archives you will find webinars on strategies and tactics for selling the benefits of an age-friendly community, which government and planning organizations to choose as collaborators, sustainable changes that make a community age-friendly, and finding the best lead agency to make your community age-friendly.
Conversations with GIA 
If you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each. Or check out the full archive of webinars on the GIA website.
Intergenerational Solutions for Building Stronger Communities. This webinar demonstrates how intentional, intergenerational solutions can improve outcomes for children, youth, and older adults and transform communities. From October 14, 2015. Click here to view.

Strengthening the Gerontological Workforce.
This webinar focuses on developing programs that improve services to older adults by enhancing workforce capacity. From October 5, 2015. Click here to view.

Making a Difference in Addressing the Graying of HIV and AIDS.
An overview of the changing face of HIV and aging, including how HIV manifests among older adults, with emphasis on its impact on diverse racial, ethnic, and geographical communities. From September 21, 2015. Click here to view.
Helping Seniors Age in Place — A Collaboration Between a Local Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and AARP. An interactive discussion about an innovative project: the $3.9 million Plough Foundation Aging in Place project in Memphis, Tennessee. From July 15, 2015. Click here to view.
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.


The IFA Global Conference 2016: Disasters in an Ageing World 
The International Federation on Ageing will hold its 13th Global Conference: Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery from June 21 to June 23, 2016. The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia. The program will primarily focus on Disasters in an Ageing World, reflecting on both natural and man-made disasters. Learn more on IFA's conference site.
GIA Annual Conference
October 26–28, 2016
The Nines Hotel
Portland, OR
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Seeks New President
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, based in Winston-Salem, NC, is actively conducting a search for its next president. The successful candidate will be a broad and rigorous strategic thinker with demonstrated experience leading high-performing teams from concept to action; a visionary spirit with a deep and expansive understanding of the power of philanthropy to make measurable, sustainable change; and a proven leader to bring that forward to execution. Read more about the posting and apply here.

New Video: Mastering Longevity
National Council on Aging has partnered with ITN Productions on a news-style program exploring innovative ideas to help people navigate the challenges of aging. Mastering Longevity is a combination of interviews, news items, and sponsored profiles. Watch now.

2015 FP Global Demographics Student Essay Contest for College and Graduate Students
As part of the 2015 FP Global Thinkers Summit in Washington, DC, The FP Group is hosting the 2015 FP Global Demographics Student Essay Contest, with a focus on the opportunities presented by a rapidly aging world. AARP is underwriting this program. The contest deadline has passed, but you can read more about the contest here.

AARP Launches “Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers” Contest
A contest sponsored by AARP —Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers — is now underway. The contest encourages people of all ages to recognize and reward family caregivers in their lives in small but meaningful ways, especially during National Family Caregivers Month in November. Read more about the contest here.
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