Fifteen $10,000 Grants Awarded to Spur Boomer Involvement
Denver, CO – December 3, 2008. Rose Community Foundation has awarded 15 grants of $10,000 for efforts to mobilize the experience and knowledge of the baby boom generation for social benefit. This matching grants program is part of Rose Community Foundation’s Boomers Leading Change initiative, which is working to expand opportunities for baby boomers to live meaningful and productive lives in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.
The 15 grantees include nonprofit organizations, government institutions, higher education, consultants and entrepreneurs. All recipients were required to submit budgets with their proposals that included at least $10,000 from other sources. Eight of these projects (indicated with an asterisk *) were initially supported by a $5,000 Boomer Innovation Grant from Rose Community Foundation in 2007.
“These grants are a way for Rose Community Foundation to stimulate creative thinking about ways to engage the baby boom generation in addressing social and economic needs in our community,” said Sheila Bugdanowitz, president and CEO.
Rose Community Foundation is one of more than 35 community foundations across the nation participating in the Community Experience Partnership, an initiative of The Atlantic Philanthropies (atlanticphilanthropies.org) to expand opportunities for people 55+ to help strengthen their communities through work, service and learning.
The following grantees were awarded $10,000 each unless otherwise noted.
*AARP Foundation WorkSearch: To expand the number of over-50 individuals served by WorkSearch’s job-training programs.
*Arapahoe Community College Foundation: To conduct research and planning efforts leading to the establishment of a Boomer Resource Center.
The Boomer Group: To launch What’s Next Consulting Services, a new line of business providing boomer clients with tools needed to find meaningful work.
Boomer Optioneers: For research to support Informed Choices About Death, an initiative to raise awareness about “medically induced longevity” (MIL) and advocate for alternative approaches to death and dying.
The Civic Canopy: To create the Civic Connections online platform to connect individual boomers to civic engagement opportunities.
*Colorado Department of Human Services: To refine and expand Colorado Experience Bank, an online service to connect older adults to public- and private-sector resources and opportunities in employment, volunteer service and lifelong learning.
Connections Unlimited: To partner with JVA Consulting to launch Boomers and Beyond in Edgewater, Colorado, a neighborhood-based pilot project to create a network of boomers committed to making lasting change in their community through work, advocacy, learning and leadership.
*JFFixler & Associates: To partner with Metro Volunteers for a pilot program utilizing boomer volunteers to train six nonprofit agencies to extend their capacity through the engagement of highly skilled boomer volunteers.
Mi Casa Resource Center: To enroll Denver-area boomers over 50 in the organization’s 13-week entrepreneurial training program, available in both English and Spanish. Mi Casa Resource Center will receive an additional $5,000 to evaluate the effectiveness of the program for their 50+ clients.
Neighborhood Resource Center of Colorado: To help launch a three-year effort that advances the “Aging in Community” model of involving boomers in grassroots efforts to create supportive neighborhoods for all ages and abilities in four metro-area zip codes.
*Karen L. Newman Ph.D.: To support the launch of ExpertSource, an enterprise focused on developing and disseminating knowledge intended to improve employers’ practices in engaging experienced talent in the workforce.
Silver Planet: To support the early development of this new website enterprise focused on the 55+ market with age-relevant content, social networking functions and self-publishing opportunities and to pilot a new effort called Silver Ambassadors.
*St. Anthony Hospitals Health Passport: To evaluate and expand the recently launched ReConnect Leadership Project, which trains boomer volunteers to improve health-care quality through a variety of patient-centered activities.
*University of Denver: To develop a business plan for the Center for Life Renewal, housed within University College, which will offer boomers transition counseling, learning opportunities, job training, social networking and connections to other community partners.
*Veterans Helping Veterans Now: To help expand this new program that recruits, trains and supports mostly Vietnam-era volunteers in providing a range of services for other veterans.
For more information, visit http://www.coloradoboomers.com.