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GIA Mentorship program

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A legacy of Carol A. Farquhar

As more foundations become interested in pursuing funding relating to aging, GIA is pleased to offer a mentoring program as a member benefit.  

GIA understands that grantmakers who are turning their attention toward aging for the first time need orientation and support. Mentoring is an effective avenue for our members to help each other build expertise in the field. 

Mentorship goals

  • Provide GIA members new to the field of aging and/or philanthropy with access to an experienced grantmaker who will serve as a mentor.
  • Offer opportunities for existing members to make a contribution to GIA by serving as mentors.
  • Develop leadership for GIA and the field of philanthropy.


Experienced GIA members may serve as mentors for people who are new to the field of aging and/or philanthropy.

Areas for mentoring might include a general orientation to the field of aging, current trends in philanthropy, strategies for grantmaking in aging, identifying leaders and resources or any other topic of mutual interest.

The mentoring relationship

The exact details of the mentoring relationship will be left to each mentoring pair. GIA suggests discussing the following issues in the initial conversation:

  • Confirm the strictly confidential nature of the relationship and define what this means for the mentoring relationship.
  • Agree on the type and level of mentorship desired.
  • Discuss expectations, logistical issues such as frequency and types of contacts/meetings and other activities, and provide feedback and goals. 

For more information on the GIA mentoring program, please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson, Director of Member Services and Knowledge Management, at mgonzalesjackson@giaging.org or 703.413.0413 x. 102


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