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Soaring into the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy

October 28 - 30, 2015
Willard InterContinental, Washington DC

Join us in Washington, DC and discover from leaders in aging philanthropy how your organization can support programs that will soar in the years ahead.

Getting social

We'll be sharing information about the conference and the sessions on Twitter. Follow GIA on Twitter at twitter.com/GIAging. When you tweet about the conference, use the hashtag #GIAging15.

Theme Statement

By now, it’s unlikely that anyone in the aging field hasn’t heard the warnings concerning the wave of older adults about to swamp our nation’s health care, social services, or financial resources—and our inability to cope with this change. It all sounds ominous and overwhelming but that doesn't have to be the forecast.

In fact, we are making enormous progress. We’ve seen the proliferation and expansion of all sorts of “age-friendly” programs in communities, universities, health care systems, and social services networks across the country. Through greater support from government and philanthropy, we’ve become measurably better at delivering medical care, services, housing, and transportation for older adults. We’re learning more every day about how to include all people, no matter their age, in the life of our communities, make better use of the extraordinary skills. We’re also beginning to recognize that people want choices as to how they will meet the end of life, when it comes, and we’re finding ways to offer and support those choices.

So yes, there are challenges. But the sky is not falling. Quite the opposite.

As the population ages, powerful opportunities for philanthropy are all around us. New technologies are revolutionizing everything from the way we communicate and learn to the way we design our homes and keep our streets safe and walkable. New approaches in medicine, service, and supports are enabling us to recognize and meet the needs of older adults in brand new ways. And we now recognize that we must continue to reach out across ethnic and financial barriers to deliberately and proactively help those in greatest need.

The future has opened its gates to us and revealed a wealth of possibilities. As grantmakers in aging, we have the opportunity to take them under our wing and reach new heights of accomplishment.

Keynote Speaker

This year's keynote speaker is Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. Ai-Jen will address two of the major social issues of our time: widespread unemployment and the coming need for care for the nation’s expanding aging population. All conference attendees will receive a copy of her new book, The Age of Dignity. So join us October 28-30 for this and many other valuable sessions.

Call for Session Proposals

GIA invites GIA Members, Affinity Groups, and Regional Associations of Grantmakers to submit proposals for concurrent sessions to be included in the program agenda. We invite you to help the national Program Planning Committee build a content rich program by submitting interactive, innovative session proposals.

The Call for Sessions Proposals is now closed.  

Conference Highlights 2014

Highlights, learnings, and other resources from the event are now available on the GIA website at Conference Highlights 2014.