You will probably find it helpful to talk with experts in your community who can offer valuable perspectives about the areas of aging of particular relevance to your foundation.
Ideally your foundation’s decision-makers will participate in these meetings, or you could organize a panel of three experts to meet with your full board or a board committee.
Experts might include a college or university aging expert, another foundation active in aging, your Area Agency on Aging, or key larger nonprofits serving older adults.
You may also find these resources useful:
- GIA has commissioned numerous unique reports and publications on a variety of issues that are helpful for new funders in aging
- Fact sheets prepared by National Council on Aging
- Webinars or regional or national conferences sponsored by GIA
- Information from the American Society on Aging
- Educational programs or publications of aging-related associations relevant to the specific topics of interest to your foundation
Other options include:
- Join Grantmakers In Aging and request a mentor. See the full list of GIA member benefits
- Engage a consultant experienced in grantmaking and aging to help you determine how your foundation can best award grants related to older people. A directory of consultants to grantmakers can be found at the website of National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers.