Philanthropy Uplifts the Many Approaches to Aging

Philanthropy Uplifts the Many Approaches to Aging

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

What comes to mind when you think of how philanthropy contributes to the kaleidoscope of work impacting older adults in our country? Maybe funding programs, providing grants to organizations, or sponsoring events? That is certainly true -- these are all ways funders traditionally support the aging space. However, The Patterson Foundation has learned through our work, that when people, businesses, nonprofits, government, organizations and media drive creating their future -- anything is possible.

At The Patterson Foundation, our approach is focused on supporting meaningful partnerships among these pieces of the puzzle while sharing proven practices with others. We work with global, national, regional and local partners – sharing proven practices, demonstrating excellence and uploading lessons learned and ideas for taking these practices to enhanced dimensions. This mirrors our participation in the 2016 Aging in America conference

Learning and sharing is one of the values of The Patterson Foundation as is building connective tissue for continuous improvement. During this year’s conference, The Patterson Foundation is sharing what’s working in the Southwest, Fla. region with peers in philanthropy and experts in aging from across the country -- from a multi-layered, multi-generational effort to build a vibrant community for all ages to demonstrating a collaborative, financially thrivable model where nonprofits and individuals come together to empower people as they age.

Here’s a glimpse of what we are learning:

Age-Friendly Sarasota - This initiative exemplifies how anything is possible when you engage government, businesses, organizations and people to build a community of all ages. With partners like AARP Florida, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida, Sarasota County Government, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, this effort is changing how our community approaches aging.

Aging Mastery Program - A nationwide engagement program developed by the National Council on Aging, the Aging Mastery Program is being implemented collaboratively by three nonprofits in region. What’s new is that these organizations and their leaders are proving a model of financial sustainability -- that older adults will pay to be empowered to adopt new behaviors.

Margin & Mission Ignition - Margin & Mission Ignition is based on the belief that “nonprofit” is a tax status, not a business model. Led by the consultants at No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, this session shares how nonprofits focused on older adults can uncover earned-income opportunities to support their missions.

As we share with others, we are also finding superb practices underway around the nation that we will bring back to our local community.

  • Learn about these and other concepts used in TPF's approach to philanthropy.


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