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Funders across the nation have helped to launch and support community-centered approaches to address a wide range of issues.

These models, often intergenerational and broadly focused, not only integrate older adults in solving community problems, but also address services needed to help older residents live in their communities as they age. For more information on intergenerational programs, see the Children, Youth, and Families section.

Some highlights of this work include:

The Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Awards program recognizes communities each year that are embracing intergenerational solutions to serve, empower, and engage residents of all ages. One recent winner, the Greater Richmond, VA, region, is home to more than 40 local intergenerational programs, festivals, events and leisure activities that bring together 1 million-plus residents of all ages. The Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition, a collaborative that includes philanthropists, local government, businesses, nonprofits and academia working together to maximize resources for all ages, is a catalyst for many of the intergenerational efforts. In addition to funding from United Way-GRP, Greater Richmond Region’s intergenerational programs receive nearly $1 million in combined support from county and city governments as well as public and private foundations. The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, for example, awarded a $250,000, two-year grant to continue implementing and expanding the Greater Richmond Age Wave Plan (PDF). Find information on all current and past Best Intergenerational Communities Awards winners on Generations United.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building an intergenerational campus for LGBT youth and older people in Hollywood that enriches each generation and creates a true sense of community. The new Anita May Rosenstein Campus will include up to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth (double the number currently), new senior and youth centers, up to 35 units of permanent supportive housing for young people, a commercial kitchen to feed homeless youth and older adults, ground floor retail space, and 350 subterranean parking spaces for residents and visitors to The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The Eisner Foundation made a $500,000, two-year grant to support the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s capital campaign.

AGE to age, launched by The Northland Foundation in northeastern Minnesota in 2008 as part of its KIDS PLUS family of programs, enables older and younger community members to work together to identify local needs and devise their own grassroots solutions. In addition to being a regional grantmaking foundation, Northland also operates the KIDS Plus programs, among other initiatives. Age to age sites are established in 16 rural communities and Native American Reservations, and spur more than 7,500 hours of volunteer service each year among adults ages 55 and older.

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