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 Volume 10, Issue 36
September 09, 2015
Generations United in The Chronicle of Philanthropy
In her article, Nicole Wallace focuses on the seismic changes ahead for charities with America's changing age and race demographics. The story quotes Donna Butts on the benefits of mixing the ages. "If you're segregating people by age, you're also segregating them by race and ethnicity..." Donna said. "But if people are engaged in a community or a program, then it's their kids, it's their grandparents."  Read the full article.
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Grandparents Day Ideas!
  • Grandparents Day is four days away! Have you changed your Facebook and Twitter photos yet? visit for resources, ideas and information.
  • In Clay or Platte County, Kentucky? Do Something Grand after Sept. at the Clay County Senior Services' 2015 Grandfamilies Conference. Learn more
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Last Call to #TakeAGrandie for Generations United's Grandie Contest - Deadline: Sept. 14!
What's a grandie? An intergenerational selfie, course! We're looking for the best ones to highlight through our social media and Generations This Week. We will also announce the winner and special prize the week after Grandparents Day. Why not #TakeAGrandie during a family vacation with someone of a different generation and let us know by using the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Learn more
Four More Days to Help Us Get a Google Doodle for Grandparents Day
Join our campaign to get Grandparents Day 2015 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them,  check out our Google Doodle campaign page
New Issue Release - GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy
The editors and editorial board of GrandFamilies proudly release Vol. 2, Issue 2 for 2015, which includes a paper on federal advances to support custodial grandparents from our special advisor Ana Beltran. The current issue includes articles on resilience among African American grandparents raising grandchildren, bullying and victimization among grandchildren, and attitudes toward custodial grandparents by young adults. Read the full issue.
Healthy Ageing Research in Uganda - GoFundMe Campaign
Issues faced by older persons in developing countries are largely invisible. So Kristin Bodiford, a Generations United rep to the United Nations and long-time partner, is working with m-Healthy Ageing , a project that aims to make the issues of older persons more visible as part of a global movement that engages the strengths of older persons, intergenerational cooperation, and community action. The goal amount of $6,500 will cover stipends for the field research team, fuel, airtime, basic supplies like soap for older person participants. Learn more, then support this project
Juggling, Life, Work and Caregiving
A staggering 42 million Americans face the challenges of caring for an adult friend or relative. Although caregiving can be a richly rewarding and joyful experience, the role comes with enormous responsibilities-and pressures. Author Amy Goyer, an expert in aging and families and longtime Generations United partner, offers insight, inspiration, and poignant stories and experiences of caregivers, including her own as a live-in caregiver for her parents.  Learn more
YSA Webinar Series
Join Youth Service America on Thurs., Sept. 17, 7pm - 8pm EST, for a webinar designed to explore the foundations of youth service and volunteerism. Their coalition of experts in service will discuss youth engagement, how to use personal passions to make an impact, and how to design and implement service projects anytime of the year in any community. Learn more 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Culture United
The Whale Rider
In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation for more than 1,000 years, a male heir born to the Chief succeeds to the title. The time is now. The Chief's eldest son, Porourangi, fathers twins - a boy and a girl. But the boy and his mother die in childbirth. The surviving girl is named Pai. Grief stricken, her father leaves her to be raised by her grandparents. Koro, her grandfather who is the Chief, refuses to acknowledge Pai as the inheritor of the tradition and claims she is of no use to him. But her grandmother, Flowers, sees more than a broken line, she sees a child in desperate need of love. Flower, along with the training of Pai's uncle, help Pai claim her birthright. Learn more

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. Disclaimer:  Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.
Cool Ideas
The Elder Wisdom Circle
This week's cool idea is the Elder Wisdom Circle, which uses the internet to foster intergenerational communication by pairing young advice seekers with "cyber grandparents," who offer wise words and encouragement. 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 .   Learn more about the Elder Wisdom Circle .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
TED2016 Fellowship. Twice a year, the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. TED Fellows are invited to the TED conference, where they give a TED talk, a powerful platform to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Though TED targets innovators aged 21 to 40, anyone over 18 years old is encouraged to apply.  Deadline: Sept. 20, 2015. Learn more

2016 U.S. School Gardens.  FoodCorps and the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a nonprofit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Portland, OR. Sept. 22-23, 2015. Learn more

2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC.  October 28-30, 2015.  Learn more  
LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more 
LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Nov. 1-4, 2015. Learn more

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more
"The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning - and the younger generation doesn't think much of it either." ~John J. Welsh

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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