Generations United 2018 Year in Review

Our 2018 was record breaking! Help us make 2019 even better.

(Photo by Steven Uejio)

“I’m so grateful for the work you do…and the resources and momentum and inspiration you give to those of us pioneering new territory in our communities.”
– Colleen Romito, coordinator at the Timeless Wings of Learning

Fifteen Things That Made 2018 a Great Year for Generations United and Its Partners

(Click the links below to jump to those highlights.)

  1. Releasing a new report on intergenerational shared spaces with The Eisner Foundation
  2. Family First Prevention Services Act Signed into law including key provisions for grandfamilies
  3. Donna presenting at the World Human Rights Cities Forum in South Korea
  4. Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act signed into law
  5. Launching our new website
  6. Working with CBS60 Minutes on a segment on opioids and grandfamilies
  7. Working with NBC News and appearing on the TODAY Show segment on an intergenerational shared site
  8. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our National Center on Grandfamilies and Releasing our 2018 State of Grandfamilies
  9. Releasing a brief on “framing” intergenerational action
  10. Working with the New York Times on a story highlighting intergenerational shared spaces
  11. Our new and renewing members
  12. Generations United’s Farewells, Welcomes and Recognitions
  13. Recruiting and convening 25 new members of the Grand Network in D.C. for W.K. Kellogg-supported racial equity initiative
  14. Partnerships
  15. Updating and re-releasing our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report on grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis

Releasing a new report on intergenerational shared spaces with The Eisner Foundation

Read our report and see the full event recap.

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Donna presenting at the World Human Rights Cities Forum in South Korea

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Family First Prevention Services Act signed into law including key provisions for grandfamilies

Read Jaia’s article on what the law offers children in grandfamilies.

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Releasing a brief on “framing” intergenerational action

Our Senior Fellow Irv Kat and former intern Danica Derriennic look at how The FrameWorks Institute’s research on framing can be applied to increase understanding of intergenerational strategies. Learn more.

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Launching our new website

For more than 30 years, Generations United has been proud to be the go-to source for all things intergenerational. The great information that was on our old site is still there. It’s just organized in a different way. Check out our site.

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Working with CBS’ 60 Minutes on a segment on opioids and grandfamilies

Generations United provided background info for this segment that ran in May. Watch it, then check out the companion article, which quotes Donna.

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Working with NBC News and appearing on the TODAY Show segment on an intergenerational shared site

This segment of the TODAY Show focused on high school seniors helping adult seniors connect with tech. The story cited our report with The Eisner Foundation.

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Our new and renewing members

We thanked 10 new and 21 renewing members. Learn about our membership.

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Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act signed into law

Jaia and her team helped make this a reality. Read Donna’s article for NextAvenue, which also ran in Forbes.

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Working with the New York Times on a story highlighting intergenerational shared spaces

The New York Times featured Collington, A Kendal Affiliate and our report with The Eisner Foundation. Read the article.

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our National Center on Grandfamilies and Releasing our 2018 State of Grandfamilies

Read our report and check out the event recap.

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Generations United’s Farewells, Welcomes and Recognitions

  • We welcomed our summer intern Danica Derriennic
Click the image to learn about Danica.
  • We said goodbye to our former Policy and Program Assistant Adam Otto, who left for law school
  • We welcomed Diane Roznowski as our policy and program coordinator
Click the image to learn about Diane.
  • We welcomed our new board member Shelley Lyford, president and CEO, West Health, Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute
Click the image to learn more about Shelley.
  • We welcomed new Senior Fellows
Michael Marcus — learn more
Bruce Astrein — learn more

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Recruiting and convening 25 new members of the GrAND Network in D.C. for the W.K. Kellogg-supported racial equity initiative

Check out our recap of that day.

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Partnerships

  • Local Girl Scouts in Michigan. Generations United was among the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s 2018 Health Aging Grant recipients. Donna and Sheri joined our Senior Fellow Bruce Astrein on the ground in Michigan to kick off our intergenerational project. Read the full announcement.
  • LeadingAge. Phase 2 of our work with LeadingAge, supported by the Retirement Research Foundation, will build on the research conducted last year on intergenerational programming in senior housing. This work will be led by our Senior Fellow Nancy Henkin.
  • The Ohio State University. This partnership produced a national survey of shared site programs (first of its kind in more than 20 years). We also conducted an original public opinion poll on shared site programs.
  • N4A.
  • ZERO TO THREE. Through this partnership, we elevated babies and toddlers in our intergenerational work in our 2018 shared sites report and articles, through social media, and participating in Strolling Thunder 2018. See our Strolling Thunder recap.

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Updating and re-releasing our 2016 State of Grandfamilies Report

Our updated report highlights the sharp increase in drug overdose death rates among adults of childbearing age with increases of 29 percent among 25- to 34-year-olds and 24 percent among 35- to 44-year-olds — leaving grandparents and other kin to raise children. Read our report.

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(Photo by David Greenfield)

These are a few ways your support of Generations United helps make a difference in the lives of children, youth and older adults.

We couldn’t have accomplished what we did without you.

We hope we can count on your generous donation to help us continue supporting intergenerational solutions around the country.

Thank you again for your support! Happy holidays!

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