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Join Grantmakers In Aging for the 2016 annual conference October 26 - 28 at The Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

We expect more than 200 representatives from top local and national funders to join us in the Pacific Northwest for three days of networking, learning, and sharing.


The theme of this year's conference is Climbing Higher: Working Together to Reach New Heights in Aging Philanthropy.  The last 12 months have been heady times in the world
 of aging. As the country celebrated the 50th anniversary
of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security, leaders, legislators, and representatives of nonprofits came together in Washington DC for the White House Conference on Aging. It wasn’t a gathering focused exclusively on past achievements, but instead announced a number of forward-thinking programs designed to improve the lives of older adults in the United States.

Those lives unfold in communities large and small, rural and urban, requiring new approaches to delivering medical care (including palliative care), services, housing, and transportation so that people of all ages 
can grow up and grow older comfortably, surrounded by friends, family, and neighbors. This age-friendly movement, with critical support from philanthropy, has recently produced a wealth of knowledge about what makes a community livable and what concrete steps can be taken, both in the built and social environment, to make it happen. (A great example: GIA's newest publication, The Case for Age-Friendly Communities.) It has also produced knowledge about what structures need to be in place, from a community perspective, to support older adults in a variety of settings. 

Funders in aging continue to be at the forefront of identifying new, even transformative, strategies to reinvent health care, caregiving, housing, transportation, lifelong learning, and community development that make sense for an aging population. We continue to develop our understanding 
of what matters most to older adults, whether they are active, recent retirees or frail or disabled, nearing the end of their lives. As 10,000 people turn 65 each day, we are responding, in real time, to the need to ensure older people remain deeply engaged in, connected to, and cared for in our communities. And there’s no better place to embrace these issues than in Portland, Oregon, a city and region that continually strives to be a place where people of all ages and abilities can thrive.

Join us in Portland this October, for GIA’s 2016 Annual Conference, and discover how, working together, we can climb higher as we strive to redefine aging—and aging philanthropy. 

Travel and Accommodations

More information about travel, accommodations, and planning is available here.

2015 Conference Highlights

Conference highlights, information, presentations, and learnings from the event are now available in digital form here.  

Read a lively account of the 2015 conference by Amy Berman, senior program officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, writing for their Health AGEnda blog ("Why Grantmakers In Aging is important").