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 Volume 8, Issue 32
August 7, 2013
17th International Conference a Rip-roarin' Success!
After two years of planning, registering, and sweet anticipation, the Generations United 17th International Conference came -- and was gone too soon. Our special thanks go to our conference co-chairs: Alan Hatton-Yeo (Beth Johnson Foundation), Matt Kaplan (Penn State University), and Mae Mendelson (Chaminade University). To our attendees, awardees, sponsors, speakers, presenters, board members, strategic advisors, friends, colleagues, et al, we thank you for your presence and support. For those who could not attend, we missed you and want to share some of our favorite moments with you.
  • Check our conference website in a few days to see conference photos and powerpoint presentations. 
  • Watch this excellent video montage that introduces the Seven Pathways for Strengthening Communities. Produced by Matt Kaplan, it includes clips from around the world to provide images and context to the intergenerational pathway themes woven throughout the conference.
  • Watch a video of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra whose members performed at the Kennedy Center for conference participants and others. (The orchestra was just named a finalist for the 2013 Eisner Prize!) 
  • And check out the new Generations United/Penn State University publication, Using Technology to Connect Generations
Once again, thank you for making the 17th International Conference the best ever!
Two Years in a Row 
Butts Named NonProfit Times' Top 50 Leader
For the second year in a row, our own Donna Butts has been named to the NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50 nonprofit leaders. She's in great company: both Jim Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging, and Irv Katz, president of the National Human Services Assembly, were among those tapped. Firman and Katz serve as strategic advisors to Generations United's Board of Directors. Pa-papa-pa! (That's Bhutanese for AMAZING!)
Grandparents Day Take Action Guide Available
The 17th International Conference was a great success but now its time to set our sights on Grandparents Day 2013. And to get things started, we have updated the Grandparents Day Take Action Guide. The guide is crammed with great ideas for service projects and civic engagement activities that grandparents and all older adults can do with children and young people they know and care about. See for yourself!
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2013 Eisner Prize Finalists Announced

Generations United joins with the Eisner Foundation in congratulating the following five organizations as finalists for The 2013 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence:  Bridge Meadows (Portland, OR), Encore Fellowships Network (San Francisco, CA), Motion Picture Television Fund (Los Angeles, CA), New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (New Providence, NJ), and The Intergenerational School (Cleveland, OH). Each finalist receives a $10,000 award and will be considered for the $150,000 grand prize, which will be announced at an award ceremony in October. Hats off to all!  

ABC Summer of Service Awards
The American Broadcasting Company (ABC), in partnership with YSA, is calling on young change-makers to apply for an ABC Summer of Service Award. The ABC Summer of Service Awards recognize young people who are creating positive change through volunteering and service. Winners receive a $1,000 award to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Young change-makers, ages 5-18, nationwide are eligible to apply.

Going above and beyond to lead change in your community? Five exceptional ABC Summer of Service Award winners will receive an additional $5,000 award to continue their good work. Winners may be featured on ABC's Good Morning America. There is no separate application for these awards. Apply for an ABC Summer of Service Award through your nearest station to be considered. Learn more.
U of Pittsburgh Offers Intergenerational Course Online
This September, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Generations is offering "Introduction to Intergenerational Programs," a well-respected online course developed by our esteemed colleague Sally Newman, PhD. Learn more.
Funding Opportunities
Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis. Learn more.

Community-Based Grant Program. Union Pacific Foundation. Helps nonprofit organizations in the Midwest and West build capacity, increase impact, and operate more effectively. Deadline: Aug. 14, 2013. (Early submissions are encouraged.) Learn more. 


Money Follows the Person Tribal Initiative Funding Opportunity. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Offers existing MFP state grantees and tribal partners the resources to build sustainable, community-based long- term services and supports (CB-LTSS) specifically for Indian country. Deadline: October 17, 2013. Learn more.


Pro Bono Professional Services to Nonprofit Organizations. Taproot Foundation.makes grants of pro bono professional consulting services, called Service Grants, through its Service Grant Program. Learn more. 


Safeway Foundation Grants. Supports nonprofits providing services in four priority areas: hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Deadlines: quarterly and biannual.

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships. Sodexo Foundation. Invites applications for its STOP Hunger Scholarship program, which honors the efforts of young people working to end hunger in the United States. Applications accepted beginning October 5, 2013. Deadline: December 5, 2013. Learn more.

World We Want Foundation. Seeks applications from youth for social change projects through social action activities, community service, service-learning, and social change. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more.

Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources
Call for Abstracts and Papers  
XVIII World Congress of Sociology Curriculum. International Sociological Association. Learn more.

Fall 2013 Conferences. International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR). Learn more.

Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers: A Research-to-Practice, Competency-Based Training Program for Child Welfare Workers and Their Supervisors
. CWLA. presents a model of practice to teach professionals how to facilitate collaboration with kinship caregivers to enhance child safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in their care. Learn more.

Fact Sheets 
10 Facts About Youth Services.
Youth Service America. Highlights
the research and studies that cover how many youth serve, why they serve, why we need them to serve, and the many, many benefits and outcomes of youth service. Learn more. 
Issue Briefs 
SNAP Benefits Will Be Cut for All Participants in 2013.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Includes the most updated data and a the impact on the cut on SNAP participants in each state. Learn more. 

SNAP Enrollment Remains High Because the Economy Is Still Weak.
 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Explains that, despite the fact that the unemployment rate is falling, employment levels remain stagnant and people need help purchasing food. Learn more.

The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults Aging in Place. Center for Technology and Aging. Examines how Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults aging in place.
Learn more.

Online Resources

Online Diabetes Workshop. National Council on Aging. Offers tips on nutrition and exercise, making informed treatment decisions, and communicating better with doctors. Learn more.



Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward. Educational Testing Service. Warns that with more than one in five children living in poverty, the United States faces worsening educational, economic, and social consequences if nothing is done to address the problem. Learn more.


Tools and Toolkits

Tools for Advocates of Limiting Payday Lending.  Center for Community Economic Development. Provides useful tools for limiting payday lending, which can mire consumers in perpetual debt. Learn more. 


How to Strengthen Financial Management. Wallace Foundation. Offers resources nonprofit organizations can use to strengthen their financial practices. Learn more.


Image Gallery. Shares infographics and photos to both educate and inspire on the topic of bullying. Learn more.



Health Insurance Marketplace 101. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Includes an overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges), highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work. Wed., Aug. 28 at 1:00pm ET. Register.


Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Offers more in-depth explanation of how the Affordable Care Act works.  Wed., Aug. 14 at 1:00pm. Register. 


How to Win Government Grants in Tough Times. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Tues. Aug. 13 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.


Healing from Food Insecurity. North American Council on Adoptable Children. Thurs., Sept. 19 at 1:00pm ET. Learn more. 

Webinar Series
Grant Seeking. Grant Station. Offers multiple webinars to enhance your grant-seeking skills. Learn more.

Intergenerational Summit on Why News Matters. Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Boston. Aug. 25-27. Learn more.


2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference and Grantee Meeting.

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Boston. Oct. 15-18, 2013. Learn more.


"Trauma Informed Care: Through the Lens of Caregivers." 11th Annual Professional Conference. Grandparents as Parents. Los Angeles. Oct. 21, 2013. For more information, call 1-818-264-0880 or email Carmen Carcia.


Gray Panthers National Conference. Washington, DC. Oct. 27-28, 2013. Learn more.


28th National Training Institute (NTI). ZERO to THREE. San Antonio.  

Dec. 11-14, 2013. Learn more.  


25th Annual National Service Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-12, 2014. Learn more. 

Global Summit on Childhood 2014. Association for Childhood Education International. Vancouver, British Columbia. April 10-13, 2014. Learn more.  



"Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society for All." International Day of Persons with Disabilities. United Nations. Dec. 3, 2013. Learn more. 

In the News
In a thoughtful blog in the Huffington Post, Gary Stangler, executive director of Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Network, talks about the dangers of not investing in youth who are aging out of foster care. 

In an article, "Dropout Indicators Found for First Graders," Sarah D. Sparks of Education Week reports that, "three red flags-chronic absenteeism, severe disciplinary infractions, and reading or mathematics failures-signal a student's disengagement from school and predict his or her risk of dropping out as early as 6th grade."

"You all keep talking young and old in here, but I don't see ages, I see people."

- Older adult participant at the Generations United 17th International Conference

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