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Diversity Award Nominations Now Open for 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. 

How to Apply

Please download the nomination form.

Complete it, save it, then email it, as an attachment, to Maria Gonzales Jackson at mgonzalesjackson@GIAging.org indicating “2018 GIA Diversity Award” in the subject line. 

Feel free to share these nominating instructions and form with interested colleagues or grantees.

Submissions are due electronically by September 6, 2018.





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!

Selection Process

GIA Staff and members of the Diversity Committee will review and select the winner.

The winner will be notified in mid-September. The Diversity Award will be presented at Grantmakers In Aging's 2018 Annual Conference, to be held October 17-19 in Memphis. The winner will participate in the full conference. All expenses – full registration, travel, and lodging – will be paid for a representative of the selected nonprofit or foundation to attend the conference, and the representative will offer brief acceptance remarks at the event during one of the general sessions.

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


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