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Grantmakers In Aging: Our Vision

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Grantmakers in Aging is an inclusive and responsive membership organization that is a national catalyst for philanthropy, with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging. GIA members have a shared recognition that a society that is better for older adults is better for people of all ages.

Grantmakers In Aging works to achieve its vision of a transformed society that values and supports the experience of aging.

In 2018, the GIA board began a Strategic Sharpening initiative. View the Strategic Sharpening Framework here


GIA serves as a trusted thought leader and professional home for grantmakers who track and proactively respond to trends in the field of aging and aging-related philanthropy.

GIA sustains a strong policy voice to attract greater attention to aging-related trends and issues, and to move critical agendas forward, by helping its members engage in a continuum of strategies to educate and advocate for policies, systems, and environments that improve the quality of life for all older adults.  

Community Building

GIA develops and embraces a wide array of grantmakers, and provides meaningful opportunities for networking, development, and support to GIA members. 

GIA encourages grantmakers, who might not consider themselves primary funders in aging to view themselves as part of the aging and philanthropy community, by being mindful of the many ways grantmaking intersects with the aging population.


GIA provides dynamic programs, applicable tools, and relevant publications to promote effectiveness and excellence in aging-related philanthropy.

GIA fosters member development through the provision of technical assistance, resource sharing, and mentoring.


GIA develops partnerships with governmental, educational and other charitable organizations to move forward critical agendas.

GIA forges collaborations to help broker information and resources with partners across the fields of aging and philanthropy.


Types of philanthropies and funders involved in GIA may include private, family, and community foundations or corporate philanthropy programs; funders exclusively focused on aging or funders with wider funding interests; and local, regional, or national grantmaking organizations. 


Help us pursue our mission and strengthen grantmaking to support the needs and potential of older people.