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The Eisner Foundation awards $850,000 to support intergenerational programming in Los Angeles

The Eisner Foundation awards $850,000 to support intergenerational programming in Los Angeles

December 14, 2016

The Eisner Foundation announced today that it would award $850,756 through eight grants in the fourth quarter of 2016. These bold investments reflect the Foundation’s commitment to fund transformative intergenerational programs that address inequality and injustice.

“We are proud of the wide range of intergenerational programs these grants represent,” said Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation. “We are particularly pleased to see collaboration between these organizations, which will enable all to be more efficient and effective in serving the Los Angeles community.”

826LA will receive $200,000 over two years to recruit more senior volunteers to help thousands of underserved youth with writing skills through tutoring and writing workshops. Over time, volunteers develop relationships with these youth, giving them both meaningful connections that promotes well-being in addition to skill development.

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) was granted $165,756 to evaluate the impact of intergenerational services in Los Angeles. Working closely with another Foundation grantee, Grandparents as Parents (GAP; see below), CSUN will bring together a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students to examine local services and present recommendations for the future. This research will not only improve the effectiveness of existing intergenerational services, but also provide a blueprint for new organizations to thrive.

EngAGE was awarded $150,000 to improve the quality of life for children and seniors in Southern California. By creating mentorship opportunities for schoolchildren with seniors in affordable housing communities, EngAGE will not only foster intergenerational connections, but create opportunities for seniors to venture out of their communities and do meaningful work with younger generations.

The local collaborative of Encore.org’s national campaign, Generation to Generation Los Angeles was given $25,000 to support the collaboration of LA-area nonprofits to encourage adults over 50 to volunteer with early childhood initiatives. This is in addition to a previously announced gift to Encore.org in support of their national Generation to Generation efforts.

GOALS was awarded $100,000 as general operating support. With programming that supports athletics, afterschool educational enrichment, and community building for under-resourced children in the greater Anaheim area, GOALS also partners with The Eisner Foundation to send low-income children to the Keewaydin and Songadeewin summer camps each year.

Longtime Foundation partner Grandparents as Parents was granted $60,000 as general operating support for mental health, safety net, and education services as well as child-focused advocacy. Serving 3,500 families where grandparents are raising their grandchildren, Grandparents as Parents provides much-needed resources to older adults who face financial, physical and emotional stress due to their circumstances.

Jumpstart Los Angeles will receive $100,000 to deploy senior Community Corps volunteers to preschools in low-income areas. Through engaging with children with a literacy program, these volunteers will continue to reduce the achievement gap in Los Angeles schools.

Finally, The Eisner Foundation continues its support of Arts for NextGen at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with a grant of $50,000. This program provides rich opportunities for conversation and collaboration between multiple generations through artist-led workshops, storytelling, hands-on artmaking and free general admission for 235,000 children and their families every year.

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