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Grantmakers in Aging

Since 1970 the number of people over 65 has increased by 80 percent. In Arizona approximately 1.5 million baby boomers are nearing retirement age and nearly 1 million Arizonans are already 65+. While many more seniors are managing to live healthy, active lives, evidence indicates that that aging still brings real challenges and high costs. Grantmakers can play a significant role in connecting the generations and creating environments in which all ages can live, work and thrive.

In January 2011, with financial support from Grantmakers in Aging and other AGF members, AGF launched a two-year EngAGEment project. The goal was to provide funders with timely information and resources relating to the issues of older adults and ultimately to build partnerships with nonprofits and government agencies that serve older adults, in order to maximize the collective positive impact of their efforts.

In February 2013, the research and conclusions of focus groups and interviews with funders as a part of the EngAGEment Initiative were compiled in a report authored by Carolyn Holmes, PhD., AGF’s independent research consultant. Aging in Arizona: A Summary of Grantmaker Perspectives examines Arizona-based funders and their perceptions on ways to improve our communities to better support people of all ages.

Connect 60+
This network through the Maricopa Association of Governments is meant to connect people of all ages to each other and the community to improve the quality of life for all residents, as well as strengthen the vibrancy of the region.

Grantmakers in Aging
An inclusive and responsive membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging.

“For All Ages”: The GIA Guide to Funding Across the Lifespan
Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) has developed this toolkit for use by funders interested in the field of aging. The toolkit emphasizes how support for older adults can benefit whole communities.

Arizona Department of Economic Security – Division of Aging And Adult Services (DAAS)
Learn about the many programs DES provides to help Arizonans to meet their basic needs and to live safely, with dignity and independence.

Area Agency on Aging – Maricopa County
Area Agency on Aging, Region One, advocates, plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services for adults aged 60 years and older, persons of any age with HIV/AIDS, adults aged 18 years and older with disabilities and long-term care needs, and family caregivers.

Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network
In partnership with Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, municipalities, nonprofit agencies, faith-based entities, community groups, and residents, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is coordinating efforts to develop a Regional Age-Friendly Network. The purpose of the network is to identify opportunities to more fully integrate people aged 60 years plus into their communities with people of all ages.


Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness
This is where the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness team shares their internal thinking and resources with their NGO, funding, and nonprofit consulting partners. It’s a space to exchange learning and reflection about improving organizational and network effectiveness. This wiki is different from the Packard Foundation’s OE web page which has information on how current Packard Foundation grantees can apply for an OE grant.

PerformWell (formerly the Outcome and Effective Practices Portal)
The Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions are developing the PerformWell outcomes and effective practices portal-a one-stop, online resource that helps nonprofit practitioners identify quality performance indicators for various social programs, and use them to engage in effective performance management practices.

Evaluation Principles and Practices at the William & Flora Hewlet Foundation
This is an internal working paper that outlines the principles and practices guiding evaluation at the Hewlett Foundation.

Assessing Impact
“Assessing Impact” offers an overview of the very complicated topic of evaluation in philanthropy. It looks at why assessment is important and offers guidance on the development of an appropriate and effective assessment strategy. Your Philanthropy Roadmap. Giving away money is simple. Giving away money effectively is an entirely different matter.

A User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning – Harvard Family Research Project
A User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning was developed for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts. This tool takes users through four basic steps that generate the core elements of an advocacy evaluation plan, including what will be measured and how. View the accompanying worksheet.

Evidence Based Programs
U.S. social programs, set up to address important problems, often fall short by funding specific models/strategies (“interventions”) that are not effective. This site seeks to identify those social interventions shown in rigorous studies to produce sizable, sustained benefits to participants and/or society.

Public Policy

Visit our Public Policy Resources page.


Healthcare in Arizona after the November 2012 Elections
At the inaugural Health Funders Affinity Group meeting, Kim VanPelt of SLHI, and AGF’s resident health care expert, clearly and simply explained the impacts to Arizona’s health care delivery system resulting from the November elections.

Graduate Medical Education in Arizona: Growing the Physician Pipeline
Suzanne Kinney, executive director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, shared the Arizona Chamber Foundation’s vision for assured access to care which involves a) having enough doctors throughout the state to meet patient needs and b) building a world-class center of excellence in medical research and innovation and patient care. Her presentation provided data on physician shortages, population and health status dynamics, and funding shortfalls of graduate medical education programs.

Professional Development

Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy
The Generation Next Leadership Academy, part of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, is a cohort of the Valley’s top emerging nonprofit leaders, selected through a competitive process, to participate in a program that provides them the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy develops extraordinary new leaders to enhance organized philanthropy and its impact on communities

Philanthropy Careers
A Philanthropy Career Search engine created by the Chronicle of Philanthropy that displays current job openings in the philanthropic sector throughout the country.

Engaging the Next Generation

Youth and Family

Games for Change
Video games that address global issues such as poverty, human rights, education, climate change, and global conflict.

Learning to Give
The Learning to Give (LTG) website offers over 1,600 K-12 standards-aligned lessons and educational resources free of charge for educators, parents, and community leaders aligned with philanthropy standards.

Share Save Spend
The tools and resources provided by Share Save Spend are designed to help youth and adults understand the how and why of their money decisions. Their goal is to provide concrete, actionable tools that help people shift effectively from a spend-centric mode to one that balances spending with saving and sharing.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) is a network of over 40 organizations with the common goal of engaging youth in giving and serving. One of their imaginative resources follow “Phil Anthropy” and his family’s adventures in giving.


ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
The ASU Lodestar Center exists to advance nonprofit leadership practice so that organizations can better achieve their mission. Whether the mission is housing, youth development, recreation, or neighborhood revitalization, effective nonprofit organizations improve individual lives and enhance our entire community.

Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy
The Generation Next Leadership Academy is a cohort of the Valley’s top emerging nonprofit leaders, selected through a competitive process, to participate in a program that provides them the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community.

The Spirit of Service Scholars Program (Arizona State University)
The program address the present and future workforce needs in the public and nonprofit sectors by awarding prestigious scholarships to outstanding students and providing them with an extraordinary academic and real-world education, a life-long interdisciplinary network, and committed, effective mentors.

The Grantmaking School
The first university-based program for teaching the techniques and ethics of advanced grantmaking specifically to foundation grantmaking professionals. Part of the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.