Philanthropy Can No Longer Ignore Older Americans
Organizations that support healthy, active aging have historically been ignored. As John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging has observed, only approximately 2% of philanthropy dollars are allocated to organizations that support older adults. Furthermore, Feather notes, this percentage has remained stable for decades, even as the number of older Americans has continued to increase. This funding bias persists despite a robust network of nonprofit organizations that have expertise serving our older population.
Our President & CEO, Gary A. Officer, calls on the philanthropic sector to use the COVID-19 crisis as the impetus to alter their priorities and make a long-term commitment to the older members of our country, and to prepare for the days to come.