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 Volume 14, Issue 45
Nov. 6, 2019
Generations United in the News
  • Yesterday, Senator Bob Casey announced a new bill to expand school meals for children being raised by grandparents and relative caregivers. The press release includes a statement from our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • Barron's ran a story on grandparents raising grandchildren. They cited Generations United's studies. Learn more
  • The Everett Herald highlighted a new intergenerational course at Silver Kite Community Arts. It also mentioned them receiving Generations United's Intergenerational Innovation Award. Learn more.
Episode 9 of the Generations United Podcast Is Up!
The Eisner Foundation gives an estimated $7 million per year to nonprofit organizations based in Los Angeles County. In 2015, The Foundation became the only U.S. funder investing exclusively in intergenerational solutions. In his discussion with our Executive Director Donna Butts, Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation, discusses the motivation behind their funding priorities, what they look for in a site visit, shares highlights from the Capitol Hill Release of our report, The Best of Both Worlds: A Close Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old, and more! Listen to the episode
2019 AARP Purpose Prize Winners Announced!
Congratulations to Sister Edna Lonergan on being among the 2019 Purpose Prize Winners! The award honors extraordinary people ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for all. She founded St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, a Generations United Program of Distinction, more than 20 years ago to serve children, adults with disabilities, seniors and even people with dementia. Since then, St. Ann Center has become a model inspiring other centers around the globe. Read Sr. Edna's Purpose Prize profile.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board member, Gerry Hyland, and our renewing member, LeadingAge, for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization, join us !
Generations United's 2021 International Conference: Request for Partners
Are you committed to growing and strengthening the intergenerational community of practice? Want to bring the best of the intergenerational field to your backyard? Generations United seeks potential partner(s) to co-convene the 21st Global International Intergenerational Conference in Summer 2021. Letters of Interest should be submitted by December 9, 2019. Learn more.
Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act
Generations United is pleased to share a new brief produced with the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, and Children's Defense Fund. The brief highlights provisions in the Family First Act related to kinship families and federal Title IV-E GAP. It suggests how states and eligible tribes can build on these provisions to promote use of assisted guardianship for children in kinship foster care. Learn more.
Amy Goyer on the TODAY Show!
Last week, our friend  Amy Goyer , who authored our recent report with  The Eisner Foundation , was on a segment of the TODAY Show discussing dementia, caregiving, and family caring for themselves as they care for others. Watch her segment
Tweet of the Week
Cool Ideas
826LA is a non-profit dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills. With support from The Eisner Foundation, the organization focused its recruitment efforts on bringing in older adults as volunteers. They provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. Watch 826LA's Grant Spotlight video.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.
Culture United
When We Were Alone by David Robertson
When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. 
When We Were Alone  is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength. Learn more
Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Build It With KaBOOM! KaBOOM! offers grants to nonprofits and municipalities that want to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019. Learn more.

Support for Live Performance Projects Nationwide. MAP Fund grants support original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. . MAP awards $1 million annually, to up to 45 projects in the range of $10,000-$45,000 per grant. Deadline: Nov. 25, 2019. Learn more.

Grants Enhance Youth Running Programs. The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit community organizations that initiate and support youth running programs for youths 18 and younger. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. The Toolkit offers three resources designed to meet the needs of program providers and researchers committed to demonstrating the impact of intergenerational programming and understanding the practices by which outcomes are achieved. Their use can help advocates improve, expand, and sustain intergenerational opportunities in every community.  Learn more

GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use.   This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent.  Learn more .
Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit. Generations United, in collaboration with LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMASS Boston and with funding from the Retirement Research Foundation, released an 82-page toolkit. The resource contains practical information and templates to help housing providers and leaders at other organizations to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain intergenerational programs. Learn more. 
State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event. Generations United. Washington, DC. Nov. 13, 2019. Learn more.

Save the Date! Moving Respite Forward. International Short Break Association (ISBA), ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. June 16-19, 2020.
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"What is the use of living if not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone." ~Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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