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Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Aging Philanthropy

GIA Annual Conference

October 22-24, 2014
in San Francisco, CA

at The Intercontinental San Francisco.

The 2014 Conference Theme

Why Greater Expectations? Just a few short years ago, relatively few people thought about aging as an area of pressing social, policy, and economic interest. Now aging is taking center stage, and with good reason. In the next two decades, our older population will expand rapidly, and that population will differ radically from previous generations in its diversity, health, and longevity. As more economic and human resources inevitably flow toward the opportunities and challenges of an aging society, philanthropy must expand its vision.

Funders in aging are already supporting innovative, even transformative models of health care, caregiving, housing, transportation, lifelong learning, and community development that make sense for this aging population. We are learning how to guide older people to take best advantage of the many benefits that both private and public sector programs can offer. We are creating new ways to integrate older people more deeply into the public life of our communities, offer them chances to expand their knowledge and skills, and serve those in need, so that no older adult is left helpless, isolated, or uncared for.

The challenges, of course, are many. Political disagreements and economic realities limit public funding, and we haven’t yet discovered how best to address the complex demands an aging society will present. That simply means there are boundless opportunities for grantmakers to help shape an older America.

Join us in San Francisco

San Francisco is the site for GIA’s 2014 Annual Conference, where leaders in aging philanthropy will describe how they’re working to meet the greater expectations we have for ourselves and our communities in the 21st Century. And discover how your organization, whether large or small, local or national, can lift its efforts and make an even greater contribution in the years ahead.

You can download the theme statement for the 2014 Annual Conference, "Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Aging Philanthropy".

Explore our conference brochure for more detail.

As always, the conference will offer a wealth of presentations, working sessions, and intensive networking, this time in the exciting surroundings of the city of San Francisco, against the beautiful backdrop of Northern California. 

Call for Sessions

The Call for Sessions is now closed. The committee is thankful for the submissions and looks forward to drawing upon the wealth of information provided as they shape our 2014 program.  Session designers will be notified of the committee's decision on or before May 1, 2014. Find more information on the Conference Planning Committees.

Growing Up, Growing Older: Thanks for a successful 2013 conference

We had a wonderful time in Kansas City at the 2013 conference and thank each and every one of you who helped make it a success. There were great presentations, speakers, and opportunities to deepen friendships and benefit from the perspective and experience of other funders.

2013 Program Highlights now available

Once again this year we have made available an all-digital version of the Annual Conference Program Highlights, to make summaries, notes, resources, PowerPoints and other aspects of this year's great sessions easily accessible and searchable. We will not be creating a printed document.