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 Volume 12, Issue 2
January 11, 2017
Donna Butts to be Awarded the 2017 IFFD Award!
We're thrilled that the International Federation for Family Development will award Donna Butts the 2017 IFFD Award "for her outstanding work at Generations United as the catalyst for policies and practices, stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together." The Award will be presented during the IFFD Briefing to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Feb. 8. Learn more
Generations United in the News
  • Kiplinger's Eleanor Laise reported on things to consider in multigenerational living arrangements. The article quoted Donna Butts, who suggested that families discuss expectations and ground rules. Learn more
  • Taylor Mirfendereski, of, reported on the opioid crisis and its impact on grandfamilies. She quoted our expert Ana Beltran and cited our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report. Read the story.
  • In her article for Quicken Loans' ZING!, Laura Haverty reported on how multigenerational households are driving new home designs. The article cited Donna's quote in a Forbes article. Learn more
  • In her article on shared sites for The Conversation, Catrin Hedd Jones linked to our publications, Intergenerational Shared Sites: Saving Dollars While Making Sense and Reaching Across the Ages. Read the article.
  •'s Maura Ballard profile the Grandparent Raising Kin support group. The article cited our 2014 State of Grandfamilies report and included a part of our infographic. Learn more
  • columnist Betty Heath recounted her story of taking in her daughter and 4-year-old grandson. She cited us in her piece. Read her story.

Grandfamilies Annotate Bibliography

Looking for the professional research to inform your work with grandfamilies? Generations United is pleased to share our new searchable Grandfamilies Annotated Bibliography. This resource houses professional peer-reviewed articles about grandfamilies issues ranging from legal issues and economic security to health and education. If you have an article you would like to suggest for inclusion, please email Adam Otto with the subject line Grandfamilies Annotated Bibliography.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our Board members -- Karyne Jones and Jatrice Martel Gaiter -- as well as our former Board member, Mary Ann Casey, our strategic advisor, John Rother, and Ranit Schmelzer for their year end contributions. 

Our Board  member  Amanda Cavaleri gave in honor of: Captain Kenneth D White, who I knew as Gramps. He showed me why to live a value-based life, how to be curious and adventurous, and most importantly how to follow my passion.  

Donna Butts  gave in honor of:  the terrific team at Generations United .

We thank our renewing members, Bridges Together and Kendal at Oberlin, as well as our new member, Elder Advocates, Inc, for their contributions. 

You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  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!
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CoMO on Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations
As an international member organization working to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide, the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) believe vaccines are a right for all generations. That's why they were happy to help promote Generations United's Valuing Vaccinations across Generations campaign. Learn more
Generations United Presenting at the Aging in America Conference in Chicago, March 20-24
If you're attending the American Society on Aging's conference, check out the "Intergenerational Programs and Issues Peer Group" session on March 20 at 5:15 pm. The hour-long session, co-led by o ur Program Manager Emily Patrick and Maureen Statland, will discuss and share ideas on how to develop and maintain intergenerational programs and build age-friendly communities. Learn more
To Become a Better Grant Maker, Rethink Everything
In an Op/Ed for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Eisner Foundation's CEO Trent Stamp highlighted the benefits of the foundation changing their mission to exclusively fund intergenerational work. Read the article.
Conference on Social Insurance, Economic Challenges and the New Administration
Join the National Academy of Social Insurance for its 29th Annual Policy Research Conference, "Social Insurance: Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New Leadership and the American People," Jan. 25-26, 2017 in DC. The conference will center on issues addressed in the Academy's 
Report to the New Leadership and the American People on Social Insurance and Inequality. Email NASI or call them at 202-452-8097 for more info.
World Youth Congress in Hawaii 2017
Peace Child International and a Hawaii planning committee are working to bring together young people (ages 18 to 26) from around the globe to discuss and collaborate on creative solutions for the future. The World Youth Congress has teamed up with the Polynesia Voyaging Society to create a week long series of plenaries, forums, cultural events, and local action projects from June 17th to the 24th. Learn more

Generations Remixed Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 31st

Planning to meet us in Milwaukee in June for the 19th Global Intergenerational Conference? Take advantage of the lowest possible rates when you register by January 31! Register today.

2017 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Apply Today to Be a 2017 Best Intergenerational Community
Does your community go above and beyond when it comes to recognizing, engaging, and supporting all ages? Apply today!  Applications due Feb. 24, 2017. Learn more
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Generations United's Photography Contest - Deadline: March 15, 2017!
Generations United is excited to promote our intergenerational photography contest.This year's theme is "Generations Unleashed Equal Value Unleashed." The photographs should illustrate the contest's theme with creativity and insight. The Photography Contest is open to photographers of all ages. See full submission guidelines.
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Culture United
"Mama" is a song by internationally-acclaimed rapper/songwriter SaulPaul, who was raised by his grandmother after his mother died in a car accident when he was 3. SaulPaul credits his grandmother for his success since she changed the trajectory  of his life. He often shares how her unconditional love made the difference and helped him overcome adversity. His song, "Mama," is a tribute to her. Watch the video .

Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
In honor of National Mentoring Month, this week's cool idea is MentorCHIP  in New 
York, which offers site-based mentoring to children and youth through older adult volunteers at partnering organizations. Learn more

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 .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Pilcrow Foundation: Children's Book Project. The Foundation's Children's Book Project supports libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children's department. Through the program, a library's local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of children's books. Deadline: March 1, 2017. Learn more

Office of Challenge Grants. The Creating Humanities Communities program provides matching grants to help foster humanities activities and community cohesion on a local or regional level. The program supports partnerships between organizations such as public libraries, cultural centers, museums, historical societies, colleges and universities, archival repositories, school districts, civic centers, or other cultural entities. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017. Learn more

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partners will award $2.5 million in grants nationwide. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
A country for all ages: ending age apartheid in Brexit Britain.  This report  from United for All Ages promotes greater integration between older and younger people, with ideas for action from wide range of national and local organizations.  Learn more

Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.       This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations.   
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 20-24, 2017.  Learn more

CWLA 2017 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy:  Highlighting successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth & Families.  Child Welfare League of America. March 29 - 31, 2017. Washington, DC.  Learn more

National Indian Child Welfare Association's 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. NICWA. April 2-5, 2017. San Diego, CA. Learn more

5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 25-26, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

17th National Conference on Children & the Law: SOAR - Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. April 27-28, 2017. Tysons Corner, VA. Learn more

5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope. Generations United. May 10, 2017. Washington, DC. Learn more
Generations Remixed conference. Generations United and St. Ann Center for  Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

National Foster Parent Association 2017 Education Conference. NFPA. June 21-24, 2017. Houston, TX. Learn more

Call for Proposals for 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.  Learn more

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"My grandmother was around a long time and I would come home off a big concert with zillions of screaming fans and she would tell me to take the garbage out. I never forgot it." ~LL Cool J, whose birthday is Saturday. He turns 49!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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