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Dear Colleagues and Friends,


Each year, we choose a location for the conference that exemplifies the age-friendly initiatives we stand for, and Boston — home to 90,000 older adults — was an obvious choice for the 2017 Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) Annual Conference.


As one of America’s greatest cities, Boston is at the forefront of our nation’s progressive approach to addressing the needs of older adults and end aging discrimination. The Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan leads the way, with 75 concrete actions that the city will take over the next three years to make it the best place to live and age. We hope you’ll join us from October 18-20 in this wonderful American city to be a part of this movement as we embrace this year’s theme, “Forward Motion: Gaining Momentum for an Aging Society.” 


Every year, the GIA Annual Conference convenes the top minds in aging. It is a place that inspires real and lasting change. We’ll come together for three days to discuss the latest issues, delve into possible solutions, and develop connections to help create widespread change for the future. We’ll cover the issues on everyone’s minds, including funding for age-friendly communities, the future of the home care workforce, and rural aging. Arguably our most diverse agenda ever, sessions range from artful aging and the power of storytelling, to equity in the Latino community, to why compassionate care is important. And don’t forget our offsite excursions! We’ll explore the Green House Model in Chelsea and the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to get a glimpse at how these innovative programs benefit older adults every day.


As always, we want to extend an immense thank you to our GIA members and the program planning committee for designing a conference that builds momentum and change on issues for our aging society. We can’t wait to see you in Boston!  



Ann F. Monroe, Board Chair, Grantmakers In Aging

John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Nora Moreno Cargie, President, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Tufts Health Plan

Who Should Attend

Any organization eligible for GIA membership is eligible to attend the annual conference. This includes donors, trustees, staff, and consultants of foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities. If you would like to attend the conference but are not a staff member or trustee of a grantmaking organization, please contact Amy Karimipour at

Non-Solicitation Policy: All conference participants are asked to follow a strict policy of non-solicitation at the conference. GIA prohibits any form of solicitation of its members or other grantmakers during or after the conference.

Conference Information

  • When

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Conference Location

  • The Westin Copley Place
    10 Huntington Ave.
    Boston, Massachusetts 02116

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