While children and youth are common priorities for donors, America faces a rapidly aging population that will require unprecedented service and care. Unfortunately, support for the elderly is often insufficient. Research suggests that, by finding solutions connecting the needs of both groups, society will benefit as a whole. Some examples include commissioning senior citizens to mentor homeless youth and volunteer for children's art programs, as well as daycare centers that admit children and the elderly to cut down overhead cost.
The Eisner Foundation is one of the few benefactors focused on intergenerational solutions. Earlier this year, they awarded $1.5 million to eight qualifying programs in Los Angeles County, including $600,000 to fund a new Intergenerational Health Center in Sherman Oaks. They have pledged another $525,000 for the second half of 2017. The Mayor's Fund received much needed support for its Summer Night Lights program, which offers all citizens a fun, safe place to spend their summer nights free of charge. Other recipients include the Friendship Foundation, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Venice Family Clinic, and Reading Partners, all of which offer services that span multiple generations. It becomes clear that when these two vulnerable, disparate populations are supported, a more equanimous, inclusive culture can emerge. READ MORE