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Each foundation has its own unique style, values, and customs, and so the path each chooses to begin to make grants in aging will vary.

Consider these ways your foundation might approach grantmaking related to older people.

  • Integrate aging into your existing strategies and programs. Expand your funding interests to include older adults. For example, a focus on children, youth, and families might include grandparents caring for grandchildren. A focus on arts and culture could include programs for older audiences or a community art exhibition featuring art by older artists.
  • Add the talents of older people to help your foundation achieve its goals. For example, a focus on K-8 education might include literacy tutoring by older volunteers for children in public schools and libraries. A focus on health and obesity might include training older adults to present cooking demonstrations and tastings of healthy foods in after school programs and at community events.
  • Award one or two grants in aging that provide you an opportunity to learn about older people. By funding a few exploratory programs, you can gradually build your knowledge and understanding of the field of aging.
  • Create an entirely new grantmaking strategy related to older people. Assess the field of aging. Define your goals and strategies within the field. Set aside a specific amount of funds for these grants.
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