Connecting Generations for Good

Grant Spotlight: L.A. Kitchen

October 5, 2016

L.A. Kitchen’s large facility just outside of Downtown L.A. trains a hundred culinary students each year, but they’re not your typical students. Former inmates work alongside former foster youth in this unique intergenerational program aimed at providing them with employment opportunities in the foodservice industry. 1,500 foster youth age out of the system each year, …

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Grant Spotlight:’s Generation to Generation

September 30, 2016

It’s a common storyline—the older generation doesn’t understand the world of the younger generation, and the younger generation sees their elders as out-of-touch. But our partner is working toward changing intergenerational attitudes and the larger narrative of warring generations. With their new initiative Generation to Generation, they plan to activate a million people over …

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A day of remembrance and opportunity

September 11, 2016

September 11 marks the anniversary of one of the most traumatic events our nation has faced in generations. This year, it also happens to coincide with National Grandparents Day, which has been celebrated every Sunday after Labor Day since 1978. The overlap of these two days invites us to consider how different our perspectives can …

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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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