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Grantmakers In Aging has unique resources to help you navigate the world of aging and philanthropy, including several of our own publications. These include our e-newsletter, Aging Matters (subscribe here.) 

Recent Publications

Here are some resources, commissioned by GIA, that may be helpful.

All Together: GIA's Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging
This guide offers funders from a broad array of funding areas, including children, youth, and families, community development, arts and culture, a practical introduction on how to include the field of aging into their funding portfolio.

New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging
This primer, focused on rural aging, provides guidance specifically for grantmakers. It includes information on how to get started; finding the right partners and grantees; defining and measuring success; examples of effective programs, and how working on rural aging issues can increase the impact of many different kinds of philanthropies. 

Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis
This document focuses attention on the damage the opiod crisis has brought to rural communities, particularly to the lives of older people.

The Case for Age-Friendly Communities
This report on making the case for age-friendly communities focuses on how the economic, physical, and social environments can be improved to address not only the needs - but also maximize the assets - of an aging population, for the benefit of all.

Age-Friendly Communities: The Movement to Create Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old in America
The purpose of this primer is to introduce private philanthropies and local, state, and federal funders to this transformative way of thinking about aging and community development. It provides a survey of the state of the age-friendly community movement, showcases notable examples, and demonstrates how urban, suburban, exurban, and rural communities can get started or advance their work. 

Building Great Communities: Consider an Age-Friendly Community Assessment
This tool is designed specifically for funders and contains six assessment tools reviewed by members of Grantmakers In Aging and determined to be useful in maximizing the value of any age-friendly community assessment undertaken.

Selected Opportunities For Funders Interested in Age-Friendly Communities
This chart is designed to help funders identify national age-friendly initiatives with multi-site locations and explore potential funding opportunities.

Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts
The framework presented in this document offers best practices in sustainable age-friendly communities work and information on how to build on the movement's successes to date and accelerate sustainable progress at local, state, national, and international levels. 

Talking About Age-Friendly Communities 
This toolkit offers help in creating effective messages and talking points, printed materials, and framing public campaign to communicate effectively about the age-friendly concept with a wide variety of community stakeholders. Sample language is included, to be used as a guidepost in adapting your own messages.

Aging Power Tools
This document offers a practical framework, with references and associated resources and materials, that funders, community planners, and teams can use to launch or broaden their age-friendly initiatives.

Social Impact Bonds
This paper examines how Social impact Bonds, a new investment tool available to grantmakers, can help leverage private sector funds to increase the success of public sector programs. The following information is a summary for grantmaking organizations about Social Impact Bonds and how they can be used. It was prepared by Seth Snyder, Class of 2014 at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, in consultation with GIA CEO John Feather.

What Should We Fund? Assessing Community Needs Using Available Data
This helpful PPT presentation, developed by Betsy Sprouse, provides useful insights for funders trying to better understand what their community needs and how to identify effective program options.  If you would like to use any of the hyperlinks in the presentation, use this pdf version.

ReFraming Aging

Visit the ReFraming Aging page to see the many resources available from this initiative administered by GIA. Learn how you can change the conversation and influence public understanding to create a more just, inclusive, and age-friendly society.

John Feather Huffington Post Blog Series

The GIA Press Room offers access to all of Grantmakers In Aging CEO John Feather's Huffington Post blogs, on a variety of topics centered on aging. 

EngAGEment Issue briefs

GIA offers briefs on a variety of subjects from our EngAGEment Initiative, providing valuable information to help you respond to the many issues surrounding aging.

Silver to Gold Issue Brief focuses on aging demographics in the United States.

Funding Across Lifespan Issue Brief explores opportunities for funders to become involved with aging, no matter what their current funding priorities.

Linking Generations for a Stronger Community Issue Brief focuses on intergenerational programming.

Home for Life Issue Brief covers programs involving aging in place.

Promoting Health, Strengthening Communities Issue Brief is based on GIA's Regional Issues Forum in Atlanta and provides ideals for funding health-related projects.

Quality of Life Through End of Life Care Issue Brief is full of suggestions to support end of life and palliative care efforts.

Evaluation Brief of the EngAGEment Initiative
This document provides an overview of the EngAGEment model, the initiative's impact on funding for aging, and its accomplishments.  

GIA Annual Conference Highlights

Interested in sessions from past GIA annual conferences? The highlights listed below offer a digest of the ideas and programs presented at the conferences, including insights from leaders and practitioners in the field. 

Soaring into the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy: 2015 GIA Highlights

Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Aging Philanthropy: 2014 GIA Highlights

Growing Up, Growing Older: GIA 2013 Highlights

Is This What CHANGE Feels Like?: GIA 2012 Highlights

Aging Power: GIA 2011 Highlights

Seize the Moment: GIA 2010 Highlights

Blazing Trails: GIA 2009 Highlights


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