The New Demographics: How Will Our Aging Society Affect Your Grantmaking?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 -
7:30am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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This program is part of  Philanthropy New York’s  New York EngAGEment initiative.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All interested funders, including those working in: arts/culture, education, social/economic justice, the workforce, community development/housing, and women’s issues.   This is the first of a series of EngAgement presentations.  If you cannot attend but are interested in this topic, please contact Marjorie Rutimann,


By mid-century, for the first time in human history, the number of people over 60 will outnumber children under the age of 14.
How will your grantmaking be affected?
  • Nationwide, 60 to 70% of older adults participate in formal or informal volunteer activities.  
How will you tap the opportunity that comes with an older citizenry?
  • In the U.S., persons reaching age 65 have an average added life expectancy of between 18 and 19 years.
Do you fund workforce issues? And when do you plan to retire?
  • All funders, regardless of their grantmaking area or geographic focus, will be challenged in the coming years to adjust their strategies to a changing society, one with a rapidly expanding component of older people. This unprecedented situation affects all generations and brings with it serious challenges – and a surprising array of opportunities.  
This session begins with a fascinating overview of our aging society in New York City and beyond, followed by a panel of funders considering how their own funding areas will be affected.  Join the discussion as we start to connect the dots.


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