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Funders for Age-Friendly Communities

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Resources and learning opportunities for funders

Initiated in 2014 by Grantmakers In Aging, the goal of Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is to mobilize funders across the nation to create sustainable age-friendly communities. The focus is age-friendly communities that continue beyond the end of private funders’ grants. 

With an emphasis on long-lasting improvements to public policies, systems, and practices that affect older adults living in the community, GIA aims to prepare funders to forge collaborations with local government, planning agencies, and federated funders like United Way and Jewish Federation. To help make communities work better for older adults, Funders for Age-Friendly Communities provides grantmakers with practical “how-to” materials and educational events like webinars and in-person and telephone learning circles.   

Progress through partnerships

To leverage its efforts, Funders for Age-Friendly Communities has established partnerships with United Way Worldwide, which has a network of 1,200 local United Ways across the country, and with AARP Livable Communities, which has a network of more than 20 Livable Communities and has many more in development. In addition, Funders for Age-Friendly Communities collaborates with Jewish Federations of North America, which has 153 local Jewish Federation offices, and with the National Association of Regional Commissions, whose regional planning organization members represent 99 percent of the U.S. population.  

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities is generously supported through grants from The Pfizer Foundation and United Way Worldwide, and is guided by a Steering Committee that includes representatives of GIA member foundations. 

For more information, contact agefriendly@GIAging.org. (If this link does not open a new email for you, please create a new email and paste it into the address field.)

We are also offering a series of webinars for funders interested in supporting age-friendly communities. Please learn more by visiting our Webinars page.


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