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December 3, 2014

As we come to the end of another year, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the last 12 months. It’s been a busy year at GIA, filled with a few challenges but far more blessings. We are particularly grateful to have continued our work with long-time colleagues and partners. And we look forward to getting to know — and engaging with — all of our new members.

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for our work with you. We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope. Happy holidays!

Seeking Volunteers for Next Year’s Annual Conference
GIA is seeking members to join us in serving on the Program Planning Committee for the 2015 Annual Conference, which will be held in Washington DC, at the Willard InterContinental, on October 28-30, 2015. 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 Washington 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.

Community AGEnda Update
Community AGEnda is forging ahead with projects for Year Three, thanks to our renewal grant from the Pfizer Foundation. Read more about what GIA and our partners are doing, as well as other recent developments, on our News Page.

Congratulations to Community AGEnda grantee, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), for receiving the 2014 Piper Trust Encore prize. Through its Arizona Age-friendly Network, MAG is working intensively with nine communities to develop new programs that feature older adults in encore positions. A MAG partner, Benevilla, was similarly honored with two awards from Piper Trust, the Piper Trust Encore Prize and the Encore Enhancement Prize.

How is Atlanta framing and pursuing its goal of creating Lifelong Communities? Check out the new Community AGEnda video about the work of the Atlanta Regional Commission, on GIA’s YouTube page.

And the next edition of GREAT PLACES, our age-friendly e-newsletter, is coming soon. Check out the first edition if you haven’t seen it, and please email us to subscribe or to send us your age-friendly news!

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Archived webinar: Strategies and Tactics for Selling the Benefits of an Age-Friendly Community
If you missed the November webinar about how to encourage your community to become more age-friendly, with speakers John Beilenson, communications consultant to funders and President of SCP (Strategic Communications and Planning), and Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Project Manager at Mid-America Regional Council, a metropolitan planning organization, you can hear it now on the Funders for Age-Friendly Communities section of the GIA website, or by clicking here.

Conversations with GIA
Our upcoming webinar, Financing Innovation—The LeverAge Program and GIA's Partnership Role, will take place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET. LeverAge is a new national financing program designed to assist in the expansion of affordable aging services, senior housing models, and emerging aging innovations. LeadingAge, the main nonprofit aging services trade association and LeverAge partner, cites new financing sources as critical to insuring that “there is an adequate supply of housing, services, and supports for people of all incomes as they age.” A critical component of meeting this demand is "readily available, consistently priced, and long-term financing” according to The National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders. The LeverAge program offers not-for-profit organizations this and more — using mission deposits to provide affordable rates, flexible structures, and credit support features necessary to meet the needs of expanding low-income focused programs and emerging innovations. Join us to learn about this exciting program, GIA's lead role in its development, how it can assist projects you fund, and how you can support its growth.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: The John A. Hartford Foundation, The McGregor Foundation, National Cooperative Bank and LeadingAge.

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session.

• Click here to register for the December 17 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:

Aging and Mental Health, with Rush University Medical Center’s Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW (Director of Health and Aging) and Kate Krajci, MA, LCSW (Coordinator, Mental Health Services of Health and Aging), and Mary O’Donnell, Senior Program Officer at The Retirement Research Foundation. From November 10, 2014. Click here to view.
The Scaling Marketplace: A New Strategy Helping Funders Seeking to Achieve Large-Scale Impact, with Alex Rossides, CEO and co-founder of the Social Impact Exchange, and Christopher Langston, Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation and Chair of the GIA Board of Directors. From October 7, 2014. Click here to view
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, 2014. 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.

Conversations with GIA: Financing Innovation—The LeverAge Program and GIA's Partnership Role
December 17, 2014, 2:00 pm ET
Click here to register

2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28-30, 2015
Washington, DC
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Summary: Listening Session on White House Conference on Aging

A Listening Session for the White House Conference on Aging took place at the GIA Annual Meeting, on October 24, 2014, in San Francisco, CA. The 75-minute morning session gathered more than 60 representatives from GIA and Grantmakers in Health (GIH), with a broad range of funding interests. Read the full summary here.

Issue Piece: Mental Health
In addition to our Conversations with GIA webinar focused on mental health (now archived), GIA recently posted a companion piece, authored by Kate Krajci, MA, LCSW, Coordinator of Mental Health Services and Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW, Director, Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center, on the Issues section of our website. Read the Mental Health Issue piece.

Social Network

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