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Wyoming Community Foundation

“For 30 years the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) has connected people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. WYCF has granted over $70 million to charitable causes while also providing a variety of supports to our nonprofit agency fund holders.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2020, Wyoming Community Foundation granted $20,000 to the Wyoming State Arts Council to support a comprehensive creative aging training (teaching artists and librarians) program and seed grants providing 40 programs around the state. Other funders included the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.

Westchester Community Foundation

“The Westchester Community Foundation is a division of The New York Community Trust, which has been helping New Yorkers achieve results through philanthropy since 1924. We work with our donor-advisors to broaden their philanthropic horizons to support the causes and issues they care deeply about.”

Creative Aging Focus:

Westchester Community Foundation has supported creative aging programming through Lifetime Arts, offering workshop series in senior centers, LGBT service organizations and faith based community organizations.

The New York Community Trust

“The New York Community Trust (NYCT) connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2018, NYCT identified creative aging as an important area in NYC for increased investment. They invited Lifetime Arts, Hunter College Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and LiveOn NY (a senior advocacy organization) to work together to develop recommendations to advance creative aging in NYC.

MetLife Foundation

“Since its founding in 1976, MetLife Foundation has contributed more than $860 million to build stronger communities.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2011, MetLife Foundation’s arts and older adults departments joined forces and supported the expansion of Lifetime Arts Public Library Initiative to TX, FL and MA.

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

“Created in 1989, the Trust stewards the charitable intentions of May and Stanley Smith beyond their lifetimes. The Trust’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan aims to focus, deepen, and enhance our efforts to achieve significant, lasting, positive changes that promote well-being for individuals and communities.”

Creative Aging Focus:

The Smith Charitable Trust supports older adults in the western states and has provide general operating support to Lifetime Arts for their creative aging programs in public libraries through two major grants between 2011 and 2015.

Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation

“The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation (HABF) was established in 1997 to provide financial support to non profit organizations that benefit the elderly, primarily in the Westchester New York area.”

Creative Aging Focus:

HABF began funding creative aging in the early 2000s in Westchester County, NY. Through the United Way, they funded the Westchester Center for Creative Aging — a volunteer committee. Lifetime Arts co-founders Maura O’Malley and Ed Friedman were instrumental in helping the group establish an annual county-wide “senior” art show and the first regrant program to support direct programming for older adults. With the demise of the Westchester group, O’Mally and Friedman were approached by HABF to continue the work. This led to the establishment of Lifetime Arts in 2008.

Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

“In the over thirty years since Mr. and Mrs. Samuels’ deaths, the overall goals of the Foundation have remained those of its founders. The Foundation has consistently supported the performing arts which remain a major focus of its grant making, and has devoted substantial resources to health and social service programs that will improve the lives of New Yorkers.”

Creative Aging Focus:

The Samuels Foundation is an early and continual funder of creative aging initiatives in NYC. They have supported major initiatives in the City’s public libraries and senior service organizations. Julio Urbina and Lauren Weisenfeld, the director and program officer, frequently advocate for creative aging programs across the country.

Aroha Philanthropies

“Aroha is a private foundation based in Minneapolis, MN. [It] fulfills its mission to awaken creative expression and build communities through its three program branches, each with a different area of focus: Discovery Arts: Sparking wonder through creativity for children and youth; Vitality Arts®: Inspiring creativity for ages 55 and better; Humanity Arts: Enhancing homes and empowering creativity for adults with mental illness.”

Creative Aging Focus:

Aroha Philanthropies’s President and Founder, Ellen Michelson, is the leading funder in creative aging programming in the U.S. Since 2014, Aroha has partnered with Lifetime Arts to deliver capacity building and seeding programs across the U.S. They have initiated national partnerships to support creative aging including: the National Assembly of Arts Agencies, the American Alliance of Museums, the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Recognizing the need for these programs across the country, Aroha Philanthropies developed a major multi-year initiative, Seeding Vitality Arts (SVA), in 2016. Using a learning cohort model, Aroha is equipping SVA grantees with all the tools needed to create highly successful programs.

AARP Foundation

“AARP Foundation serves vulnerable people 50 and older by creating and advancing effective solutions that help them secure the essentials. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2012, the AARP Foundation awarded a two-year, $170,000 grant to Lifetime Arts, supporting their Creative Aging Public Libraries Project, which included seven major library systems in four states (Massachusetts, Florida, Texas and New York).