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For Immediate Release

August 26, 2013

SAGE Receives $300,000 Grant to Support LGBT Seniors

Funds from the Walmart Foundation to support SAGEWorks in Six U.S. Cities

[New York] Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) today announced a $300,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support thousands of LGBT older adults across the nation. The grant will be used to enhance the SAGEWorks program in Chicago, New York City, Denver, Philadelphia, and Palm Springs, as well as formally launch it in South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale).

SAGEWorks is the only national program designed to improve the capacity of LGBT older adults to remain productive, vital and contributing members of the nation’s workforce.  In addition to serving increasing numbers of New York City's LGBT older adults, SAGE has a demonstrated track record of strategically leveraging its network of 24 SAGE affiliates in 18 states and the District of Columbia to replicate SAGEWorks in local communities across the country. Entering its third programmatic year, SAGEWorks has built strong and reciprocal relationships with community partners as well as prospective employers and multiple chambers of commerce to build employment pipelines for LGBT older adults. SAGEWorks participants are successfully finding employment and improving their lives.

“Economic security is vital to healthy aging, and SAGEWorks provides LGBT older people with the training and resources they need to navigate today’s job market,” said Michael Adams, executive director, SAGE. “This important grant from Walmart will allow us to extend the program’s reach, offering many more LGBT elders across the nation access to employment opportunities and financial stability.”

The Walmart Foundation supports organizations like SAGE that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

“The Walmart Foundation is proud to support SAGE’s national outreach program which will help improve the lives of so many LGBT seniors,” said Mark Espinoza, senior director, Walmart corporate affairs“We look forward to helping SAGE continue their great work in communities across the U.S.”

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at

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 advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, 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 located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

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