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 Volume 14, Issue 40
Oct. 2, 2019
(l-r: Trent Stamp, Donna Butts, Senator Bob Casey) Click here to enlarge the image.
Recap of our Capitol Hill Release Event

Last week, Generations United and The Eisner Foundation released our report, Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Spaces That Connect Young and Old, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Our speakers explained policy implications of intergenerational shared sites, shared report highlights and stories. Check out our recap! Download the full report
In the News
  • The Oklahoman ran a letter from our GrAND Voices Member Barbara Johnson-Williams in response to their article on children of color living in concentrated poverty. Barbara explained that grandparents and other relatives raising children are often an overlooked resource helping to stabilize communities. Learn more.  
Save the Date for our State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event!
We're excited to announce that 
Generations United's 2019 State of Grandfamilies report about housing will be released at an event to be held at the Plaza West grandfamilies apartments in Washington DC on November 13th from 5:00 to 7:00. Stay tuned for more information. 
Share Your Story
The Children's Bureau is calling for stories supportive services and relationships helped strengthen your family or families you have worked with. The deadline is October 23rd. Stories may be featured as part of their 2020 Foster Care Month Initiative. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our board member, Susan Dreyfus, and our renewing member, Gentog, 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 !
International Respite (Short Break) Conference -  Proposal 
Deadline extended to October 16
The International Short Break Association (ISBA) and its co hosts , the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin invite you to submit a proposal  for Moving Respite Forward, the 2020 International Short Break Conference to be held on June 16-19, 2020. This international conference will provide a space to advance knowledge and understanding of respite by learning from and with international leaders in the field of respite. Submit your abstract application here . Visit the website for more information about ISBA and the conference.
Tweet of the Week
Culture United
"Fyrewall: by Stefani Cox
This story, which is episode 31 of the LeVar Burton Reads podcast, is set in a future version of Los Angeles, which is protect from the wildfires outside by a dome made of compressed water. The dome was designed by Grandma Jean, an environmental engineer. When she passes, her great-granddaughter, Dayeesha, who follows in her footsteps, is charged with monitoring the dome's strength and functionality. When a tear in the city's wall possibly leaves it open to external threats, Dayeesha has to call up on what Grandma Jean taught her to save the residents. Listen to this episode

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
GRAMMY Museum Grant Program. The aim of the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program is to advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and to explore the impact of music on the human condition. Support is provided to organizations and individuals in the following areas: The Archiving and Preservation Projects ($20,000); Assistance, Assessment, or Consultation ($5,000); and the Scientific Research Projects category ($20,000). LOI Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019. Learn more

Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program.  The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools and nonprofit organizations. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 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.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Grant Writing Success in Five Easy Steps. Are you a leader at a non-profit that serves older adults? This webinar by our colleague Meaghan McMahon will teach you how to get organized, finalize your funding priorities, identify best fit funders and submit compelling requests. Oct. 7 at 1 pm ET. Register today.

Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use.  Hear directly from members of grandfamilies impacted by substance use who will share their challenges and strengths. The webinar will also explore the latest statistics, resources for grandfamilies and those who directly serve them, and policy and program solutions. Oct. 22 at 2 pm ET.  Register today .

Conversations with Grantmakers in Aging.  The presenters -- our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin , Taryn Patterson with Sequoia Living, and Mary O'Donnell from The Retirement Research Foundation -- will highlight findings from their report, Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice. They will also share effective strategies outlined in the accompanying toolkit  and discuss efforts by national housing providers to deepen and broaden their intergenerational work. Oct. 3 at 2pm ET. Learn more .

Research and Resources
The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old. This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. 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.
"Family, the Face of Humanity." International Federation of Family Development. London UK. Oct. 18-20, 2019. Learn more
  • Catch our Executive Director Donna Butts's roundtable presentation on Oct. 19. Learn more.
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"The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children." ~Mahatma Gandhi, whose birthday is today. He would've turned 150. (See the meme.)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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