Connecting Generations for Good

Keeping Tradition Alive: Keewaydin 2016

August 24, 2016

Each year, The Eisner Foundation continues an Eisner family tradition: camp. On the shore of Lake Dunmore an hour from the small Burlington, Vermont airport lies Keewaydin, where three generations of Eisners have spent their summers (with the fourth generation close behind). Michael Eisner himself attended from age eight to twenty-two, joining the staff in …

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Grant Spotlight: Social Venture Partners Los Angeles

August 5, 2016

With our support, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles (SVPLA) launched the Encore Fellows program in 2014 in conjunction with This created a new pathway for professionals in their 50s and 60s to connect with social-purpose organizations, leveraging their expertise for mutual benefit. As the Boomer generation retires with a level of health, education and …

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Grant Spotlight: St. Anne’s

August 4, 2016

Since 1908, St. Anne’s has been a refuge for at-risk pregnant young women in Los Angeles. Often arriving in their teens, these women are commonly the victims of abuse, homelessness and poverty, and many have history with foster care and juvenile justice systems. The Eisner Foundation has partnered with St. Anne’s in the past, and we’re …

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How Uniting Kids, Elders Helps Both

July 18, 2016

It’s a solution for two problems at once: children desperately need mentors to guide them, and isolated seniors yearn for more connection and meaning. To address this, we sharpened our focus last year to solely support intergenerational programming. Why? “The simplest reason is that it works,” says Trent Stamp, our CEO. “We’ve seen the data kind of overwhelmingly assault …

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Aging Societies Should Make More of Mentorship

July 6, 2016

The past year brought a rich array of films depicting connections between a wise, older mentor and a younger person in need of sage guidance, in ways that often defied gauzy stereotypes, from art-house movies like Lily Tomlin’s Grandma to blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The explosive growth of the older population means a lot of leading …

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Intergenerational Programs

March 12, 2016

Since the announcement of our new mission last year, we’ve been out in the community and talking with nonprofits about intergenerational programs and their importance. Broadly speaking, we’re interested in supporting programs and organizations whose work creates a “1+1=3” effect. That is to say, multiple and distinct generations each being served and, in addition to the …

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The Eisner Foundation Intergenerational Convening and Training Day

December 8, 2015

When The Eisner Foundation announced our new philanthropic focus in the summer of 2015, we knew it wasn’t enough just to tell our current and prospective grantees that we would now only be investing in programs that worked intergenerationally for the betterment of Los Angeles. We have many great long-standing relationships in this community and …

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The 2015 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence

October 2, 2015

It’s been a busy and exciting year for The Eisner Foundation! In July, we announced our plan to become the only foundation in the U.S. solely dedicated to investing in intergenerational work. While this focus applies to our competitive grantmaking at home in Los Angeles County, we remain dedicated to The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational …

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