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 Volume 13, Issue 13
March 28, 2018
Grandfamilies Victories!
  • Congress Passes Important Supports for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Read our blog post to learn how Generations United and our partners helped with this legislation.
  • Congress Affirms the Important Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children. Donna Butts shares additional grandfamilies successes for Generations United and our partners. Learn more.
Donna Butts: 'At some point,' there was 'this belief that...there was a weakness if [families] had to depend on each other.'
In his article for Fatherly, Tyghe Trimble highlighted the benefits of living in a multigenerational household. For Tyghe, having his mother-in-law move in helped him and his wife cope as new parents. Tyghe interviewed Donna Butts for his article. Read it.
'I'm humbled and honored to receive this award from a community of my colleagues in the field' -Dr. Sharon McDaniel 
Congrats to our longtime friend Dr. Sharon McDaniel on receiving the Outstanding Individual in Nonprofit Sector Award, an accolade presented by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP).  Read the article in the Chronicle of Social Change. Dr. McDaniel's A Second Chance, Inc. is a partner on our Grand Voices project.
Last Call for Intergenerational Programs!
Last month, we sent out a link to a national survey of organizations delivering (and those interested in) intergenerational programs, especially shared site where both older and younger people receive services at the same building or campus. 

The survey is part of a project Generations United  is leading with The Ohio State University , thanks to support from The Eisner Foundation If you already took the survey -- THANK YOU!  If not, please try to find 15 minutes to do so.  The Survey must be completed no later than March 30, 2018. 

Your input is very important! The results will be included in a report to be released at an event in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2018. Contact  Sheri Steinig  and Dr. Shannon Jarrott with any questions. Take The Survey Now.
FFPSA Webinar Recording
Generations United conducted a webinar summarizing the provisions of the recently passed Family First Prevention Services Act that are relevant to grandfamilies. The webinar includes information on how the legislation will affect the work of organizations serving grandfamilies, the families they serve, and how they can be best prepared for the pending changes to federal funding. View the webinar recording.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
Generations United thanks our members and supporters 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 !
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Culture United
Most Anything You Please by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole
For decades, the Holloways have operated a convenience store in the working-class neighborhood of Rabbittown in St. John's, and every customer has a story. In a vibrant, contemporary family saga, filled with idiosyncratic characters, Trudy Morgan-Cole tells the tale of three generations of Holloway women -- Ellen, Audrey (Ellen's daughter), and Rachel (Audrey's granddaughter) -- their loves and their livelihood in times of great change. Most Anything You Please captures the spirit of a community and the women who hold it together, revealing the bonds that break and the ties that bind. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us 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.
Cool Ideas
Bridging Generations Through Music
Throughout the year, Music Together will bring Generations, one of its popular music classes for young children, to Capital Senior Living communities around the country. Children, newborn to age 5, their caregivers, and participating community residents will take part in music-making experiences designed to build relationships across generations and enhance quality of life for all ages. 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
Bush Prize for Community innovation. The Bush Prize will award up to $500,000 to organizations that address various needs and opportunities in their communities. The prize is open to applicants located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations. In addition to the grant, prize winners will receive promotion and recognition.  Deadline: April 12, 2018. Learn more.

Seed Grants Available for Programs that Support Grandfamilies. We're thrilled that our long-time partner, The Brookdale Foundation, will award grants of $15,000 each to 15 programs that create or expand supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children!  Deadline: June 13, 2018.  Learn more.

2018 Public Art Challenge. Bloomberg Philanthropies encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significan urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations and strengthen local economies. U.S. cities are required to have 30,000 residents or more to apply. Deadline: April 19, 2018. Learn more.

Art Works Grant. The National Endowment for the Arts support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Second Art Works Deadline: July 12, 2018.  Learn more .

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice.  This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation.  Learn more.
National Positive Aging Conference. Masterpiece Living. Philadelphia, PA. April 3-4, 2018. (Generations United members and newsletter subscribers get $100 off the $475 registration fee. Contact Rick Moody for the promo code).   Learn more .

Save the Date for "All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive." Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Washington, DC. June 5, 2018. Learn more.

International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more.
"...Because we owe so much to the past, we have the obligation to try to pass on a world to the next generation which is a little better than the one we inherited so that  those who come after, standing on our shoulders, can see a little further and do a little better in turn." ~Robert Ball, former Social Security Commissioner and founder of NASI; his birthday is today (he would've been 104).

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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