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 Volume 8, Issue 51
December 12, 2013

New Report Examines Ways to Spur Opportunities Provided by Demographic Changes
At Tuesday's (Dec. 10) National Press Club event in Washington, D.C., Generations United and The Generations Initiative unveiled our latest report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America.

The report is based on findings of a new poll Generations United and The Generations Initiative commissioned from Harris Interactive. Among the report finding: Americans of all generations are aware of the country's changing age and race demographics and the vast majority are accepting of them, dispelling the "generational conflict narrative." So much so that 72 percent of older and younger respondents believe that publicly funded programs targeted at specific age groups such as K-12 education or Social Security aren't burdensome responsibilities, but investments that benefit all generations.

Generations United Board member Walter Jones, region president at Verizon, emceed the event. In his remarks, he said, "Our country has flourished based on the belief Out of Many, One and it will continue to flourish as long as we remember we are stronger together."

Maria Urbina, legislative correspondence manager for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shared her inspirational story about rising from humble beginnings and the people in her life who embodied the community values of humility and hard work, leaving a lasting impression on her. "That's the thing with mentorships," she said, "they can last for decades or a lunch period."

Ron Brownstein, editorial director for Strategic Partnerships and long-term editorial strategy at Atlantic Media, moderated a panel of national policy experts that included Angela Glover-Blackwell, founder and chief executive officer at Policy Link, Vanessa Cardenas, vice president of Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress, William Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Eugene Steuerle, Richard B. Fisher Chair at Urban Institute.

Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, and Hilary Pennington, director of The Generations Initiative, paid homage to the late Nelson Mandela and acknowledged that Tuesday's event also marked the 20th anniversary of the former South African President's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance. "Today is particularly inspiring, emotional and so very important as the world pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, a man who understood deeply the importance of unity," Butts said.

Quoting Mandela, Pennington alluded to the event's call to action for everyone to think outside of the traditional boxes of race and age: "Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanity which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates."

Event and Report Made Possible By...
W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Verizon Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation.

A Huge Thanks to Our Supporters
Generations United thanks Sharon Fine, who gave in Honor of "all that GU does for the intergenerational community," along with Maureen Statland and Jane Angelis. Those donations help us meet our matching goal of $75,000. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can help, too! Click & help us meet our goal.
Funding Opportunities

College Initiative Grants for Intergenerational Programs: Generations United encourages intergenerational proposals. The Dorot Foundation will award up to nine $500 grants to undergraduate college 501(c)(3) organizations that engage in or establish intergenerational programs on college campuses. Deadline: rolling basis through Jan. 2014. Learn more


General Grant.  The Retirement Research Foundation is offering a request for proposals for efforts that improve access to quality community-based and long-term services and supports. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014. Learn more 


Youth Grant. YSA and Sodexo Foundation are calling on young people to join the fight to end childhood hunger. Youth who apply early for a $500 grant will receive personalized tips, ideas, and feedback to help strengthen their application. Early submissions are due by December 10th. Final deadline is Jan. 31, 2014. Learn more   

Great Resources
Intergenerational Relations: European Perspectives in Family and Society (University of Luxembourg) This book focuses on conceptual issues, multigenerational and cross-cultural perspectives that affect relations between generations in family and society. Learn more

Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013

National Women's Law Center released a state-by-state report showing that, while families in 27 states are better off today than they were a year ago under one or more key child care policies, families in 24 states are doing worse. Learn more

Let's Talk: Starting the Conversation about Health, Legal, Financial and End-of-Life Issues 
Through a partnership with The Conversation Project, the Eldercare Locator released a new consumer guide that helps older adults and their loved-ones through difficult conversations this holiday season. Learn more

Governor's Conference on Aging. Illinois Department of Aging. Chicago, IL. Dec. 11-13. Opening day will include Special Intensive: Why News Matters across Generations. To learn more, contact Gidget Freeberg    


28th National Training Institute (NTI). ZERO TO THREE. San Antonio.  

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more 


"A country that does not take care of its children and old people is a country without soul." ~Unknown  

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