PFund Foundation to Receive Excellence in Aging Award from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
The SAGE award honors organizations committed to improving the lives of LGBT older adults; award to be presented at the 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change on February 3, 2011.
"We're proud to honor PFund Foundation for its longstanding commitment to improving the lives of LGBT older adults in the Midwest," said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE. "As one of the region's earliest supporters of LGBT aging issues, it has created several groundbreaking initiatives, reports and programs for LGBT older adults. Moreover, PFund has remained true to its community roots, engaging LGBT older adults in dialogue to ensure that their voices help shape appropriate and sustainable solutions to the barriers they face."
The award will be presented at the 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Minneapolis, MN on February 3, 2011, during the opening plenary, starting at 8:00 pm. Creating Change, organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is the nation's pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. For more information, visit www.CreatingChange.org.
"PFund thanks SAGE for this fabulous honor. We are proud of the work we have been able to incubate and support in our communities to help improve the lives of LGBT older adults in the Upper Midwest," says Kate Eubank, PFund executive director.
Among PFund's accomplishments over the years:
- In 2010, PFund convened a series of interviews and roundtables with LGBT older adults and community leaders, culminating in the release of a first-of-its-kind report, Equality as we Age: a Report on LGBT Seniors in Minnesota. The report gave an overview of common challenges facing Minnesota's LGBT older adult community and recommended changes to facilitate improved health and wellness, visibility, social interaction and services for LGBT elders.
- PFund will continue to convene a group of LGBT older adults and community organizations to address the recommendations laid out in the report.
- In the past year, PFund also collaborated on the release of both regional and national versions of the research report, Ready to Serve? The Aging Network and Older LGB and T People, which describes the national aging network's readiness to meet the specific needs of the growing numbers of LGBT older adults in this country. The report was authored in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.
- In 2003, PFund created the Marystone Fund for Senior Initiatives, an endowed fund to address LGBT aging issues.
- PFund's ongoing support of regional LGBT aging groups led to the establishment of Training to Serve (TTS), whose mission is to train aging services providers to ensure that LGBT people are able to achieve a satisfying quality of life in later years.
- PFund has also shown a commitment to the full diversity of LGBT communities, most recently through a successful, multi-year Racial Equity Initiative, which has supported the leadership and capacity of local LGBT people of color organizations in the Twin Cities area.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.
PFund Foundation traces its roots back to 1987, when four friends joined together to create a modest fund of $2,000 aimed at supporting and developing their LGBT community. The foundation now annually awards thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to LGBT-related individuals and organizations throughout the Upper Midwest—in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information, visit ,a href="http://www.pfundonline.org">www.pfundonline.org.