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Diversity Award 2018

GIA established the Diversity Award in 2003 to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. 

Award Nomination Criteria

Nonprofit organizations (receiving funding from a foundation or whose funding sources include foundation(s)), individual grantmakers, or foundations working effectively with a diverse aging population are eligible for consideration.

GIA believes that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, age, gender, race, national origin, religious beliefs, physical abilities and characteristics, sexual orientation, economic circumstances and lifestyle, or gender expression.

Self-nominations are welcome!

GIA Diversity Award Committee
Jim Beck
Mat-Su Health Foundation, AK

Therese Ellery
Rose Community Foundation, CO

Marcus Escobedo
The John A. Hartford Foundation, NY 

Jolene Fassbinder
Archstone Foundation, CA

Kelly Laflamme
Endowment for Health, NH

Bonita Tindley
Agua Fund, Washington, DC 

Previous GIA Diversity Award winners
2017  Tufts Health Plan foundation
2016  St. Barnabas Senior Services
2015  Center for Medicare Advocacy
2014  Rose Community Foundation
2013  The Atlantic Philanthropies
2012  Pueblo of Zuni and Jewish Family Service of New Mexico
2011  Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE)
2010  The Retirement Research Foundation
2009  Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE)
2008  George W. Davis, PhD, Executive Director, Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Inc.
2007  Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, FAAN, AARP President and UCSF Center for the Health Professions Senior Fellow
2006  Meyling Eliash-Daneshfar, Manager of Latino Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Los Angeles and a former ASA NVL Partner
2005  Connie Bremner, Executive Director of the Eagle Shield Senior Center, Blackfeet Nation Reservation
2004  Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, Affinity Group
2003  American Society on Aging (ASA) New Ventures in Leadership (NVL) Partnership Program

Winner will:

  • Receive GIA’s Diversity Award at the Grantmakers In Aging Annual Conference. 
  • One representative of the selected nonprofit or foundation will offer brief acceptance remarks at the event during one of the general sessions.
  • Participate in the full conference. All expenses (full registration, travel, and lodging) will be paid for one representative of the selected nonprofit or foundation to attend the conference.

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