Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Aging 2011

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"In fewer than 25 years, one in five people will be 65 years or older in the U.S." - American Psychological Association
"In fewer than 25 years, one in five people will be 65 years or older in the U.S." - American Psychological Association

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Foundation Professionals
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Researchers and Faculty
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Nonprofit Senior Staff
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Other (consultants, journalists, policy makers)

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National Church Residences (6 recommendations) They provide a lot of market-priced housing of very good quality.
National Church Residences

http://www.ncr.org/home/index.asp

Evidence of Impact

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They provide a lot of market-priced housing of very good quality.
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Their large scale development, acquisition, and rehabilitation programs are effective at providing low income senior and homeless housing in 30+ states to thousands of people who are vulnerable.
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NCR has a 30 year history of providing quality homes and services to low and moderate income individuals. They operate almost 300 housing and service sites for seniors allowing seniors to age in place with services appropriate to their needs.
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This organization is a leader in affordable senior housing.
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They are the largest non-profit provider of affordable senior housing in the U.S.
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The housing and services provided for older adults with financial and other needs in 20+ states are their most effective programs.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership & Values
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They have been effective because of their board and executive leadership, their excellence in strategic planning, and their understanding of the not-for-profit mission.
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NCR is clear about their mission and have strong leadership who understands the importance of providing different levels of community based care.
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This non profit housing organization has provided 330 communities for seniors in 28 states. They employ 2,200 staff members. They offer a wide spectrum of options from Continuing Care Retirement Centers to a housing-focused home health agency, adult day centers, and supportive housing. National Church Residences has strong leadership skills and offers its expertise to smaller nonprofits that share its mission. They are willing to experiment with new models like Affordable Assisted Living, and they are committed to expanding the services they offer to meet the changing needs of residents.
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Their operations and finance are their strengths.
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The leadership of the organization is committed to the mission, as well as to improving the profession nationally. Their individual properties have excellent reputations and are well-managed.

Areas for Improvement

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Their leadership and values are their strongest assets.
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They need a strong fundraising program to support their ambitious charitable agenda.
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Their impact is very tied to the resources available, such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credits and HUD programs. More resources would expand the impact of this organization.
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They need to focus more on collaboration.
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. (CMA) (3 recommendations) CMA staff acted as a trusted resource to congressional staff members who drafted the Affordable Care Act. Their counsel was responsible for many of the good Medicare reforms included in the bill, including those targeted to care coordination, and for limiting the harm of “bad” provisions, such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. (CMA)

http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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CMA staff acted as a trusted resource to congressional staff members who drafted the Affordable Care Act. Their counsel was responsible for many of the good Medicare reforms included in the bill, including those targeted to care coordination, and for limiting the harm of “bad” provisions, such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
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Providing the detailed information that other advocates can use to improve Medicare policy.
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One of the two major organizations working on the rights of nursing home residents.

Organizational Strengths

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The staff of CMA’s DC office has a depth of understanding of the legal aspects of the Medicare program unequalled in almost any other national organization. They choose specific, achievable public policy goals, and persistently pursue them until changes are made
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Providing useful and readable information. Powerful advocacy.
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They have worked in the field for a long time and have unequaled expertise.

Areas for Improvement

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It would be great if CMA were able to expand their staff in order to be more available to share their expertise. I believe one of their weaknesses is the concentration of immense expertise within a few individuals. They offer webinars, etc., occasionally, but I believe they should do more of this in order to share their knowledge.
Generations United (3 recommendations) This organization is well respected and is unique in their focus to bring together two or more generations with a common purpose (e.g., improving their community).
Generations United

http://www.gu.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization is well respected and is unique in their focus to bring together two or more generations with a common purpose (e.g., improving their community).
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Extraordinary work that they do. They are the only place at a national level that advocates for seniors and advocates for kids come together. They are truly the intergenerational space. People who talk regularly with kids and aging side. Really is the place where the people who need the most support can find mutuality and their interest. They run a series of important programs. They have a grand families agenda. Households headed by older adults. About a third of low income family is headed by an older relative. Real discussion going on in shared space where programs for both kids and seniors take place. The only place that is actively engaged where adults advocate on behalf of children.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization is well run, offers helpful resources, and shares information about the successful intergenerational programs.
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For more than 20 years, Donna Butts and her group have been the absolute leaders in identifying and promoting successful intergenerational programs.
Pioneer Network (3 recommendations) They have changed the discussion about quality care in nursing homes. (DISCLAIMER: I am on the Board of Directors)
Pioneer Network

http://www.pioneernetwork.net/

Evidence of Impact

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They have changed the discussion about quality care in nursing homes. (DISCLAIMER: I am on the Board of Directors)
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Making the world see long term care in a new light.
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The Pioneer Network is a national organization dedicated to changing the culture of service delivery in long-term care. By providing models of innovation they have spurred the development of new facilities and a change in direction for existing facilities as they refocus on the quality of the lives of those they serve. They also have been instrumental in organizing culture change coalitions at the state level, bringing together providers, consumer representatives, and professionals to change the direction of public policies.

Organizational Strengths

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Highly skilled staff / Information based on research
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The biggest strength they have is the power of their ideas for innovation -- a focus on empowering residents in long-term care facilities as well as the direct care staff who provide the services. They have always promoted research as well to demonstrate how innovative ideas can translate into practical realities.

Areas for Improvement

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Needs to be able to reach more people in the field of aging.
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Staff shortages and the fact that they have no real headquarters means that the organization sometimes operates on shoestring budget.
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) (3 recommendations) Systematic, long term advocacy on a number of issues pertaining to improving life for older persons.
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
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http://www.americangeriatrics.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Systematic, long term advocacy on a number of issues pertaining to improving life for older persons.
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The organization is interdisciplinary and focused on improving health care older adults. Key impact currently is in advocating through legislative and regulatory processes for health care and education funding to improve care of older adults. It is broad-based and a leading organization for geriatrics health care
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Many possible changes in impact of geriatric care for older adults.

Organizational Strengths

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Involved in education of professionals, sponsoring and disseminating research and best practices, producing clinical practice guidelines
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Strong CEO: Jennie Chin Hansen; effective volunteer leadership

Areas for Improvement

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More funding for individuals who are change agents to advance a number of areas in the field (health policy, scholarship, education, systems improvement, etc.)
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Continue to increase interdisciplinary membership and collaborate with other lay oriented aging organizations, such as AARP, to advance agenda
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Geriatric oncology nursing should be a larger focus within ONS to achieve current educational, clinical and policy needs.
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) (3 recommendations) This organization(The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) has been successful in educating the public about the facts regarding the financial viability of the social security system; dispelling myths and encouraging rational dialogue about alternative options for "tweaking" and "fixing" the system. This organization's efforts have helped to inform the public about the negative consequences, for average citizens, of privatizing the social security system.
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)
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http://www.ncpssm.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization(The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) has been successful in educating the public about the facts regarding the financial viability of the social security system; dispelling myths and encouraging rational dialogue about alternative options for "tweaking" and "fixing" the system. This organization's efforts have helped to inform the public about the negative consequences, for average citizens, of privatizing the social security system.
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I think that social security and medicare are key for aging field.
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Hard to detect an organizational impact, but Social Security and Medicare have been preserved so far.

Organizational Strengths

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In addition to its Washington, DC programs and advocacy efforts, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare sends representatives across the country to meet with groups and to provide educational materials at national, state and regional conferences.
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Fierce advocate for the two major programs serving the aged and disabled.

Areas for Improvement

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Having a larger presence in communities outside of DC. Publishing more materials to inform the "average" citizens about social security, medicare, and the need for individual planning for retirement.
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Needs a more-active, larger membership.
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (3 recommendations) The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care. They help empower and educate consumers to advocate for themselves and help ensure quality care for the individual by providing information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen. Additionally, they advocate for public policies that support quality care and quality of life, train and support individuals and groups that empower and advocate for consumers of long-term care, and promote the critical role of direct-care workers and best practices in quality-care delivery.
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

http://www.theconsumervoice.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care. They help empower and educate consumers to advocate for themselves and help ensure quality care for the individual by providing information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen. Additionally, they advocate for public policies that support quality care and quality of life, train and support individuals and groups that empower and advocate for consumers of long-term care, and promote the critical role of direct-care workers and best practices in quality-care delivery.
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They have had a major impact on nursing home policy and legislation at the national level in a number of areas including staffing policies, ownership policies, quality of care regulations, data reporting requirements, and the Medicare nursing home compare report card.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization has done an outstanding job with its website. It has multiple constituents and its website succeeds in addressing the needs of these different groups in a clear, easy to navigate fashion on its website. The leadership of The Consumer Voice has increased the visibility of the organization and the needs of the individuals they strive to empower and represent. Their membership has increased to more than 2,000 and they are made up of a diverse and caring coalition of local citizen action groups, state and local long-term care ombudsmen, legal services programs, religious organizations, professional groups, nursing home employees' unions, concerned providers, national organizations and growing numbers of family and resident councils.
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The country's premier advocacy organization for improved quality in long-term care.
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They have been focused on policy issues for about 30 years and have been very consistent in their work. Their leadership and vision is outstanding.

Areas for Improvement

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This organization's advocacy efforts would be strengthened by increasing their partnerships and collaborations with other organizations serving the same population and/or related populations. In particular modeling cooperation and partnerships with the aging network of services and Adult Protective Services would help support and improve those collaborations at the state and local level.
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They lack adequate funding to carry out their activities.
WISER Women (3 recommendations) This organization is dedicated to the education and advocacy that will improve the long-term financial quality of life for women.
WISER Women

http://www.wiserwomen.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization is dedicated to the education and advocacy that will improve the long-term financial quality of life for women.
O
WISER is a nonprofit organization that works to help women, educators and policymakers understand the important issues surrounding women’s retirement income. WISER educates about how issues such as Social Security, divorce, pay equity, pensions, savings and investments, long-term care and disability insurance have a special impact on women. Founded in 1996 with an initial grant from the Heinz Family Philanthropies, WISER has secured both public and private financial support. With a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Administration on Aging, WISER established the National Education and Resource Center or Women and Retirement Planning (The Center). The Center is enhancing the capacity of the National Network on Aging (660 plus area and 57 state agencies on aging) to serve as a “trusted messenger” for access to financial information. Further, WISER is positively impacting the life-course of financially vulnerable women (low-income, minority and those with limited English-Speaking proficiency) by engaging a broad national coalition of public and private organizations to strategically improve their financial decision making skills and economic security. WISER has developed numerous consumer publications including fact sheets, booklets and quarterly newsletters that explain complex financial issues in easy-to-understand language. Products include conducting150 train-the-trainer workshops that reached more than 3,000 women over the course of a year; launching wiserwomen.org, its interactive, on line web site, launching Ask the Expert an on line tool for providing answers to basic financial questions, publishing more than 100 facts sheets, several available in Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese, also available on line, and conducting yearly symposia for a variety of professionals and policymakers in the field.
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Historically, women are less prepared for retirement than men. WISER provides clear, practical, effective and accessible financial and retirement information and advice for women.

Organizational Strengths

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This is the only organization to focus exclusively on the unique financial challenges that women face.
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Dedicated, knowledgeable leadership. Creative staff and quality products for reaching a hard-to-reach audience. For a very small organization, it produces effective products .
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PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING : WISER makes it easy for women to get financial information and expertise through well organized and accessible research, workshops and partnerships and a strong online presence and website. WISER creates a variety of consumer publications including fact sheets, booklets and a quarterly newsletter that explain in easy-to-understand language the complex issues surrounding Social Security, divorce, pay equity, pensions, savings and investments, banking, home-ownership, long-term care and disability insurance. As part of our national education campaign, Your Future Paycheck®: What Women Need To Know, WISER has been able to reach thousands of women through workshops held across the nation. WISER has also been the driving force behind a series of state and local events aimed at leveling the playing field for women on long-term financial security. / FINANCES: WISER has been extremely successful in winning foundation and grant support. It was founded in 1996 with a grant from the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Since then, it has received financial support from numerous individual donors and a host of charitable foundations. WISER was also awarded a highly competitive grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging to develop the National Education and Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization provides a needed public service in the area of financial literacy. Better marketing of its products would not only enhance visibility but introduce needed information to an overlooked segment of the nation.
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WISER should continue to reach out to related organizations to build partnerships and share resources. Like many nonprofits with visionary founders, WISER should devote some attention to succession planning.
American Academy of Homecare Physicians (2 recommendations) This organization was instrumental in developing the Independence at Home demonstration within the Affordable Care Act to test the efficacy of geriatrically-based primary care services delivered in the homes of disabled, chronically ill elderly.
American Academy of Homecare Physicians

http://www.aahcp.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization was instrumental in developing the Independence at Home demonstration within the Affordable Care Act to test the efficacy of geriatrically-based primary care services delivered in the homes of disabled, chronically ill elderly.
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AAHCP is a relatively new nonprofit whose influence is increasingly being felt as health reform forces changes to how older adults with multiple chronic illnesses receive care. AAHCP members are various types of practices that bring medical care to homebound persons, 97 percent of whom are older adults. The Veterans Administration has documented the cost-effectiveness of homecare for this highly frail and vulnerable population. AAHCP has successfully educated Congress on this issue, with the result that a portion of health reform that was unanimously supported by both parties was a provision to test a shared-savings model of homecare under Medicare. This is attracting an increasing number of providers to consider starting or expanding home care practices and should have a significant, positive influence on driving down spending for unnecessary and unwanted acute and nursing home care.

Organizational Strengths

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This is a voluntary professional organization. The geriatricians and geriatric nurse practitioners on the AAHCP's board have been tireless in their advocacy for bringing services back into the home for frail elderly and for supporting evidence-based practices.
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This organization has incredibly small overhead and benefits from incredibly enormous volunteer man hours. It understands the policy-making process and is adept at using media, personal stories, testimony and data to tell its story. Finally, they address a huge and growing problem: how to limit health care expenditures for care that very frail older adults do not even want by keeping them stable at home.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization could benefit from a full-time executive director and more resources to help develop its infrastructure for disseminating materials and lobbying on the part of its constituents.
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) (2 recommendations) AFAR has demonstrated leadership by being in the forefront to bring attention to understanding the aging process and how that understanding impacts many diseases of aging that may lead to longer, healthier lives
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
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http://www.afar.org/

Evidence of Impact

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AFAR has demonstrated leadership by being in the forefront to bring attention to understanding the aging process and how that understanding impacts many diseases of aging that may lead to longer, healthier lives
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Important source of non-federal financing for aging research, particularly on in the basic sciences

Organizational Strengths

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A small efficiently run and managed non-profit. AFAR pays considerable attention to operations and finances. Manages many initiatives with sound budgeting.
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Management of high quality grant review and post-award management. Evidence-based communication to the public and professionals regarding aging research findings and their applications.

Areas for Improvement

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AFAR needs to market their good work on a more national and international scale. Better visibility of their projects would be good.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) (2 recommendations) This has been the major organization in support of developing educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)

http://www.aghe.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This has been the major organization in support of developing educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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Promotion of quality in education to prepare people to work in the field of aging; influence on policy

Organizational Strengths

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Faculty from across the U.S. and internationally have contributed major time and effort in support of this organization.
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Sets standards for quality in gerontology education; dissemination of best practices in education

Areas for Improvement

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There have been limited resources and there needs to be an increase in professional staff focusing on this organization even though it is part of the Gerontological Society of America. There needs to be a much more aggressive outreach effort to get more colleges and universities to join.
R
They could use a larger national profile.
Families USA (2 recommendations) The result of many years of focused work on the need for health reform, including outstanding work on mobilizing and influencing public opinion.
Families USA

http://www.familiesusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The result of many years of focused work on the need for health reform, including outstanding work on mobilizing and influencing public opinion.
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Doing great work in terms of advocacy.

Organizational Strengths

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Action-oriented leadership and excellent communications.
Hebrew Home Of Greater Washington (2 recommendations) Creating nationally replicable models of elder shelters and community outreach to address elder abuse prevention. Also, supporting the replication with technical assistance and funding.
Hebrew Home Of Greater Washington
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http://www.hebrew-home.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

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Creating nationally replicable models of elder shelters and community outreach to address elder abuse prevention. Also, supporting the replication with technical assistance and funding.
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The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention - a division of the Hebrew Home in Riverdale: the nation’s first comprehensive regional elder abuse shelter, serving eligible seniors who are 60-years and older. A unique model based within an existing long-term care facility. The Weinberg Center offers victims a full range of healthcare and supportive services including, most importantly, an emergency residential shelter as well as counseling, healthcare and legal advocacy for victims of elder abuse.

Organizational Strengths

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Innovative, good network of communication, flexible in approach to replication, etc.
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Interdisciplinary services, extraordinary and creative leadership.

Areas for Improvement

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Greater outreach efforts.
Mercy Housing (2 recommendations) Mercy Housing has a well-structured resident services model for its senior housing residences. I've had contact with Mercy Housing for nearly two decades and am very impressed with the number of senior housing developments they have completed, and with the approach they take in resident services
Mercy Housing
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http://www.google.com/search?gcx=w&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Mercy+Housing%2C+Inc.+(Mercy+Housing)

Evidence of Impact

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Mercy Housing has a well-structured resident services model for its senior housing residences. I've had contact with Mercy Housing for nearly two decades and am very impressed with the number of senior housing developments they have completed, and with the approach they take in resident services
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Mercy has produced a large number of affordable senior housing developments around the U.S. and has a growing emphasis on this target group. Affordable rent is the single biggest contributor to economic security later in life. With the economic downturn, today's elders have higher rates of economic insecurity than did their parents. Boomers will be even less financially secure. More affordable housing will be vital to helping people to age-in-place.

Organizational Strengths

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Mercy Housing uses an outcome measurement system to track and make improvements in its resident services. They have been good at partnering with other organizations.
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Mercy has been developing affordable, supportive housing for non-elders for many years. They have a strong model for not just housing low-income individuals but also for organizing services for them to assist them in other areas of their life (eg. jobs, health care, etc.)

Areas for Improvement

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If I ran Mercy Housing, I would hire an expert in aging to design the service packages that will support seniors in the housing it is developing for them. Models to support homeless or previously incarcerated persons will differ significantly from programs to support seniors. Expertise in aging will go a long way to strengthen the models used for this growing population of Mercy housing residents.
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) (2 recommendations) NASUAD has reached out throughout the country to advocate, but perhaps it is more important to teach and inform elders and agencies they access about the issues affecting every day lives of seniors and their families ...and work closely with the political world to inform and teach and advocate also.
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)

http://www.nasuad.org/

Evidence of Impact

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NASUAD has reached out throughout the country to advocate, but perhaps it is more important to teach and inform elders and agencies they access about the issues affecting every day lives of seniors and their families ...and work closely with the political world to inform and teach and advocate also.
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Technical assistance provided on issues of long term care, information and referral, medicaid waiver services and updates on the Affordable Care Act for all state units on aging

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership is constantly curious about what works and what does not.
O
Staff is excellent. the organization's ability to report succinctly and efficiently on changing long term care opportunities for aging organizations has been phenomenal. It's immediate turn-around time on sharing information on the Affordable Care Act and the federal budget is unmatched by any other national organization

Areas for Improvement

O
NASUAD changed its name this year ( added the D - disability ) perhaps hindered by finances did not get the word out well so missed an opportunity showcase its vision.
O
With more staff they could have a greater impact with legislators on aging issues.
National Center for Creative Aging (2 recommendations) Local centers for creative aging have sprung across the country, encouraging active participation in the arts to improve health and well-being among the aging population. The center has inspired numerous research studies about the effects of arts participation on older adults.
National Center for Creative Aging

http://www.creativeaging.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Local centers for creative aging have sprung across the country, encouraging active participation in the arts to improve health and well-being among the aging population. The center has inspired numerous research studies about the effects of arts participation on older adults.
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This is a relatively new national nonprofit but is making headway in promoting the use of the arts in healthcare. It is currently the only organization of its type and it is cataloging model and innovative programs; teaching creativity programming in healthcare and getting interest from the research community and funders in this area. This is an "emerging trend" organization leading the way.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership is mission driven and enthusiastic.
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The organization has a great Executive Director and an engaged national board of directors.

Areas for Improvement

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Broader national outreach for fund-raising, better public recognition.
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The ability to have a broader constituency of housing organizations
National Cooperative Bank Capital Impact (NCB) (2 recommendations) Under grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NCB Capital Impact group has had a huge impact in changing the direction of long-term care services, initially in working with states to promote affordable assisted living and now in their leadership role in running the Green House Program. Their ability to combine technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and their innovative leadership on key practice and policy issues has allowed them to enormously magnify the grants they receive to change the direction of long-term care services -- showing the way for culture change in long-term care even beyond their program participants.
National Cooperative Bank Capital Impact (NCB)

http://www.ncbdc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Under grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NCB Capital Impact group has had a huge impact in changing the direction of long-term care services, initially in working with states to promote affordable assisted living and now in their leadership role in running the Green House Program. Their ability to combine technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and their innovative leadership on key practice and policy issues has allowed them to enormously magnify the grants they receive to change the direction of long-term care services -- showing the way for culture change in long-term care even beyond their program participants.
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Transforming institutional nursing home care and workforce.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership -- The director of the Green House program, Robert Jenkens, brings together a unique set of skills with a remarkable degree of commitment and energy to promote one of the most exciting models in the delivery of skilled nursing services in decades. The organization also brings enormous technical assistance strength on financing issues to turn innovative ideas into working realities. The research component of their work has also allowed them to demonstrate the change that Green Houses have made in the lives of residents -- in in the lives of the staff who serve them.
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Leadership is excellent; operations are strong.

Areas for Improvement

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The major area where they could improve would be to increase their staffing. They are able to remarkable things with limited staff, but they always seem thin on staff support.
F
Need advocacy and policy building.
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) (2 recommendations) The nation's only organization focusing on the needs of the fastest growing group of the elderly.
National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)
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http://www.nhcoa.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The nation's only organization focusing on the needs of the fastest growing group of the elderly.
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NHCOA targets the needs on Hispanic elders, a population whose needs are often ignored or unmet.

Organizational Strengths

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Strong national presence.
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Advocacy and outreach for low-income Hispanic elders.

Areas for Improvement

N
Needs more funding.
National Older Women's League (2 recommendations) They are the only grassroots membership organization that focuses on the issues of aging for women. Older women are at much greater risk of abuse and neglect and are much more likely to be financially impoverished. They focus on important age-related issues such as health care, financial security, and quality of life.
National Older Women's League

http://www.owl-national.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They are the only grassroots membership organization that focuses on the issues of aging for women. Older women are at much greater risk of abuse and neglect and are much more likely to be financially impoverished. They focus on important age-related issues such as health care, financial security, and quality of life.
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OWL's focus on older women is unique and unwavering.

Organizational Strengths

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As a grassroots organization they have a broad-based membership. They make effective use of their members and volunteers. They have a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of older women.
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Ability to develop local action by older women in their local communities.

Areas for Improvement

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They are aware of the increased vulnerability of older women for abuse and neglect, but they need to be more effective in their advocacy efforts in this area.
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More professional leadership could help expand the organization's capacity to impact in their areas of interest.
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) (2 recommendations) The leading nonprofit in the nation concerned with the issues of the direct care workforce including retention and turnover, long term forecast on staffing needs with an aging population, improving quality of the job (ie low wages, lack of health insurance), which all benefit the health of older adults. They developed a "Coaching Approach" to supervision that is reshaping the workforce, reducing turnover, and improving organizational culture change to benefit older adults.
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)
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http://phinational.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The leading nonprofit in the nation concerned with the issues of the direct care workforce including retention and turnover, long term forecast on staffing needs with an aging population, improving quality of the job (ie low wages, lack of health insurance), which all benefit the health of older adults. They developed a "Coaching Approach" to supervision that is reshaping the workforce, reducing turnover, and improving organizational culture change to benefit older adults.
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They have been effective in advocating for improving the health care workforce for the aged and disabled. Their reports, webinars, newsletters and legislative advocacy have been excellent.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership is exemplary as is the deep expertise of this organization. This organization's mission is central to long-term care delivery.
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Their staff are very good at policy analysis, and they are effective in disseminating information to policy and advocacy groups.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are short on funding.
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Trangender Elders (SAGE) (2 recommendations) Adding LGBT aging to the dialogue on the national level.
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Trangender Elders (SAGE)
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http://sageusa.org/about/

Evidence of Impact

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Adding LGBT aging to the dialogue on the national level.
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SAGE is very active in addressing inequities in policy and legislation in a variety of areas affecting older adults.

Organizational Strengths

R
Breadth of vision and stamina.
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SAGE has strong leadership and a capable staff committed to advancing the cause of LGBT elders. They are strong at coalition building and successful in marketing and fundraising as well.

Areas for Improvement

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Reluctance to include other non-profits working on LGBT aging: they have a sense that they can do it all.
N
Perhaps a broader reach in more cities through local partnerships.
Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) (2 recommendations) Leader in advocacy work around preserving affordable housing.
Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)
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http://www.sahfnet.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Leader in advocacy work around preserving affordable housing.
N
The impact of housing and health care policy for low and moderate income seniors

Organizational Strengths

N
They have develop a strong network of high capacity non profits to work on issues related to preserving affordable housing at scale.
N
This organization helps direct national policy in affordable housing and support services for affordable housing

Areas for Improvement

N
They are confined by limited resources.
A Future Without Poverty, Inc. (FWOP) (1 recommendation) Many small impacts of projects, particularly in Mexico: advocacy organizations of women, local water systems, and so on. Developing stronger projects especially in Africa.
A Future Without Poverty, Inc. (FWOP)
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http://www.google.com/search?gcx=w&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=A+FUTURE+WITHOUT+POVERTY+INC+(FWOP)

Evidence of Impact

R
Many small impacts of projects, particularly in Mexico: advocacy organizations of women, local water systems, and so on. Developing stronger projects especially in Africa.

Organizational Strengths

R
Strong commitment and competence in participants. Much student commitment to projects.

Areas for Improvement

R
Sometimes grandiose plans for major projects when major successes have come from smaller, small-funding, local projects.
AARP Foundation (1 recommendation) Its reach to over 30 million Americans who are 50 and older with educational resources and advocacy for health care and legislative support for maintaining function, vitality, and health
AARP Foundation

http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/

Evidence of Impact

R
Its reach to over 30 million Americans who are 50 and older with educational resources and advocacy for health care and legislative support for maintaining function, vitality, and health

Organizational Strengths

R
Other services it provides to public such as insurance and travel.

Areas for Improvement

R
Could have greater impact by collaborating with health provider organizations in disseminating health-related resources and in increasing the power base for advocacy efforts
Alliance for Retired Americans (1 recommendation) Huge outreach effect.
Alliance for Retired Americans

http://www.retiredamericans.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Huge outreach effect.

Organizational Strengths

O
Marketing
Alzheimers Foundation of America (1 recommendation) AFA mission is "to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families--through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life." They follow their mission with integrity and are trustworthy in the information they provide and the services they support. They are not as well known as some other national organizations to family and consumers even though many benefit unknowingly by their research, policy development and leadership. They sponsor the National Memory Screening Day and the National Candlelight service for survivors, family who have passed, and caregivers. They are a very credible and professional organization.
Alzheimers Foundation of America

http://www.alzfdn.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
AFA mission is "to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families--through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life." They follow their mission with integrity and are trustworthy in the information they provide and the services they support. They are not as well known as some other national organizations to family and consumers even though many benefit unknowingly by their research, policy development and leadership. They sponsor the National Memory Screening Day and the National Candlelight service for survivors, family who have passed, and caregivers. They are a very credible and professional organization.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have Doctors and well know professionals in the field of aging who are leading the organization and serving on their board. Their materials for National Memory Screening Day are exceptional.

Areas for Improvement

O
Marketing their organization.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (1 recommendation) capacity building in conjunction with the John A Hartford Foundation
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
capacity building in conjunction with the John A Hartford Foundation

Organizational Strengths

R
Broad national perspective, scholarship funding, leadership training.
American Bar Association's Committee on Law and Aging (1 recommendation) The ABA Commission on Law and Aging has brought together lawyers, judges and other professional from around the country to identify, research and formulate positions on legal issues that are relevant to older adults. Their work has changed practices, across the country, that denied older adults rights and privileges to which they are entitled. For example, prior to advocacy effort initiated by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, nursing home staff members could arbitrarily decide which of their residents were able and entitled to vote in national and local elections. Nursing home residents were frequently ignored by Boards of Election. Unless residents had family member they could call upon to take them to the polls, there was no guarantee that they would be provided an opportunity to exercise their right to vote. More effort is needed to make "voting rights for residents of nursing homes" a universal responsibility of election boards, but the foundation for advocacy has been laid and the issue has been placed in the forefront for advocates in many communities.
American Bar Association's Committee on Law and Aging

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging.html

Evidence of Impact

R
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging has brought together lawyers, judges and other professional from around the country to identify, research and formulate positions on legal issues that are relevant to older adults. Their work has changed practices, across the country, that denied older adults rights and privileges to which they are entitled. For example, prior to advocacy effort initiated by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, nursing home staff members could arbitrarily decide which of their residents were able and entitled to vote in national and local elections. Nursing home residents were frequently ignored by Boards of Election. Unless residents had family member they could call upon to take them to the polls, there was no guarantee that they would be provided an opportunity to exercise their right to vote. More effort is needed to make "voting rights for residents of nursing homes" a universal responsibility of election boards, but the foundation for advocacy has been laid and the issue has been placed in the forefront for advocates in many communities.

Organizational Strengths

R
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging has a very small, but highly effective staff. Its Executive Director, Charlie Sabatino, is a brilliant- very modest man, who is truly an "unsung hero". Being selected as a volunteer Commissioner is a very prestigious recognition, and serves as a mechanism for bringing together some of the greatest minds in the field of law and aging to study, research and formulate programs and policies to promote the rights of older people.

Areas for Improvement

R
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a unique and powerful non-profit organization. Its impact could be broadened by wider distribution of its publications and reports and by reformulating and distributing its materials to non-lawyers who work with older adults (fraud and financial abuse prevention- to bankers; elderly civil rights issues to university political science programs; health law issues to schools of public health. The knowledge generated by this organization should be prominent in the textbooks and lectures of law schools across the country. Its research methods should be taught as models for "action research" that impact and solve problems.
American Dietetic Association (1 recommendation) Research and development of new dietary regulations for older Americans that reflect reasonable intakes and are attainable on the average.
American Dietetic Association

http://www.eatright.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Research and development of new dietary regulations for older Americans that reflect reasonable intakes and are attainable on the average.

Organizational Strengths

N
Educating the American public, including the medical community, on the critical relationship between diet and disease. Creating a visual graphic depiction of how much of each food group is desirable for maintaining health. Advocating for the inclusion of nutrition professionals (dietitians, nutritionists) as viable members of the "health" team.

Areas for Improvement

N
Increase activities related to the challenges faced by older people in trying to achieve a healthy diet, i.e. tooth/gum disease, economic insecurities, access to fresh fruits/vegetables.
American Heart Association (1 recommendation) I recommend this organization based of their Stroke campaign work.
American Heart Association
Silver-small

http://www.americanheart.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
I recommend this organization based of their Stroke campaign work.

Organizational Strengths

N
Extremely effective marketing and communications.

Areas for Improvement

N
The strength of targeting a particular community in their campaign is both a strength and a liability. This is an issue that everyone in the field of aging could benefit from understanding better.
American Public Health Association (APHA) (1 recommendation) Major lobbyist for public health causes.
American Public Health Association (APHA)
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http://www.apha.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Major lobbyist for public health causes.

Organizational Strengths

R
Over 25,000 expert members: public health practitioners, managers, planners, academics, and students. They have affiliates in all states, strong policy-statement process that guides its advocacy activities, and strong alliances with other associated organizations.

Areas for Improvement

R
It is improving but still needs much improvement in response to member and section concerns and needs.
Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (National Association for Hispanic Elderly) (1 recommendation) Long standing organization representing the needs of Hispanic elderly.
Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (National Association for Hispanic Elderly)

http://www.anppm.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Long standing organization representing the needs of Hispanic elderly.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong leadership and stability.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) (1 recommendation) CANHR us a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization that, since 1983, has been dedicated to improving the choices, care, and quality of life for California's long term care consumers.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)

http://www.canhr.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
CANHR us a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization that, since 1983, has been dedicated to improving the choices, care, and quality of life for California's long term care consumers.

Organizational Strengths

O
Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation it has been CANHR's goal to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternative to institutionalization.

Areas for Improvement

O
Perhaps more organizational stability and a stronger financial sustainability plan.
California HealthCare Foundation (1 recommendation) Supports entrepreneurial innovation in health care / supports study of chronic disease and end of life issues.
California HealthCare Foundation

http://www.chcf.org/

Organizational Strengths

N
Supports entrepreneurial innovation in health care / supports study of chronic disease and end of life issues.
Center for Excellence In Assisted Living (The CEAL) (1 recommendation) The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) was formed by 11 national stakeholder organizations to provide a forum for promoting innovation, quality, and affordability in assisted living. With limited funding, the organization has nonetheless established a highly regarded information clearinghouse, sponsored several research projects on key practice issues, hosted conferences and other events for dialogue on key issues such medication management and affordability in assisted living, and served as a forum where diverse stakeholders can discuss policy and practice issues in the area -- extending their reach by working with government agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as non-member stakeholders who sit on an Advisory Council.
Center for Excellence In Assisted Living (The CEAL)

http://www.theceal.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) was formed by 11 national stakeholder organizations to provide a forum for promoting innovation, quality, and affordability in assisted living. With limited funding, the organization has nonetheless established a highly regarded information clearinghouse, sponsored several research projects on key practice issues, hosted conferences and other events for dialogue on key issues such medication management and affordability in assisted living, and served as a forum where diverse stakeholders can discuss policy and practice issues in the area -- extending their reach by working with government agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as non-member stakeholders who sit on an Advisory Council.

Organizational Strengths

R
The main strength of CEAL is its diverse membership of stakeholder organizations -- consumers, providers, and professionals. Dedicated leadership from its director, Karen Love, has enabled the organization to extend its impact to research, policy, and practice.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (1 recommendation) In terms of research work, they have been excellent.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Silver-small

http://www.cbpp.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
In terms of research work, they have been excellent.
Commonwealth Institute (1 recommendation) Providing support, education and money for research on Elder care
Commonwealth Institute

http://www.comw.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Providing support, education and money for research on Elder care

Areas for Improvement

N
As with everyone else, they need long-range sustainability.
DOROT (1 recommendation) Model programs in the following areas: friendly visiting; use of volunteers; intergenerational programming and "the University With Out Walls" long distance learning program for homebound aged.
DOROT
Silver-small

http://www.dorotusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage_DOROT

Evidence of Impact

F
Model programs in the following areas: friendly visiting; use of volunteers; intergenerational programming and "the University With Out Walls" long distance learning program for homebound aged.

Organizational Strengths

F
Great professional leadership; great focus; interest in replicability of pilot projects; great buy-in.

Areas for Improvement

F
Ongoing conflict as to local/national focus; need for improved board development.
Direct Care Alliance (1 recommendation) This organization has become the voice of front line direct care workers including nursing assistants, home health aides and home care aides and has developed a set of core competencies that is currently being disseminated nationally.
Direct Care Alliance

http://www.directcarealliance.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has become the voice of front line direct care workers including nursing assistants, home health aides and home care aides and has developed a set of core competencies that is currently being disseminated nationally.

Organizational Strengths

R
the Executive Director of the DCA is a very strong leader with a commitment to the true voice of this workforce. The organization, on a very small budget, has trained a set of worker advocates across the country to carry its message.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization needs to develop sustainable sources of funding so that it does not live from grant to grant.
Easter Seals (1 recommendation) Works across ages and disabilities to heavily impact policy in many areas that would benefit family caregivers, Also do direct services to help family caregivers in aging as well as general disability field.
Easter Seals
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http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

N
Works across ages and disabilities to heavily impact policy in many areas that would benefit family caregivers, Also do direct services to help family caregivers in aging as well as general disability field.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong leadership, marketing skills. Strong in building direct services, supporting other organizations, finances, running volunteer programs.

Areas for Improvement

N
Needs more analytic capacity.
ElderHelp of San Diego (1 recommendation) Helping the frailest, poorest older adults age in place (aka. avoid institutionalization or other forced moves)
ElderHelp of San Diego
Silver-small

http://www.elderhelpofsandiego.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Helping the frailest, poorest older adults age in place (aka. avoid institutionalization or other forced moves)

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a strong volunteer corps who are trained to provide services like transportation, housekeeping, home modification to older adults. Thus, their costs are low and they are able to serve over 200 older adults at no cost to them. Their leadership is strong, and their fundraising capacity is very strong. They have been in existence for over 30 years.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could provide more social engagement opportunities for older adults. They could be more consumer driven.
Eliza Bryant Village (1 recommendation) Improving the experience of aging for low-income African Americans in inner-city Cleveland
Eliza Bryant Village

http://www.elizabryant.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Improving the experience of aging for low-income African Americans in inner-city Cleveland

Organizational Strengths

N
Financial management and board support.

Areas for Improvement

N
Succession planning and growth.
Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) (1 recommendation) Enterprise partnered with Atlantic Philanthropies to bring public housing authorities, residents of public housing authorities, and service providers together in Atlanta to learn about "aging in place" strategies from each other and learn from residents what they really need and want. Enterprise also provides awards and grants highlighting best practices in green building, smart growth and services delivery - this recognition and funding fosters more production of affordable housing for seniors. One of our green buildings recognized by Enterprise reduced gas consumption by 55% in the first month, Enterprise offers a Rose Fellowship that matches architects with nonprofit developers of affordable housing - great design results in greater local support for affordable housing.
Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise)
Silver-small

http://www.enterprisecommunity.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Enterprise partnered with Atlantic Philanthropies to bring public housing authorities, residents of public housing authorities, and service providers together in Atlanta to learn about "aging in place" strategies from each other and learn from residents what they really need and want. Enterprise also provides awards and grants highlighting best practices in green building, smart growth and services delivery - this recognition and funding fosters more production of affordable housing for seniors. One of our green buildings recognized by Enterprise reduced gas consumption by 55% in the first month, Enterprise offers a Rose Fellowship that matches architects with nonprofit developers of affordable housing - great design results in greater local support for affordable housing.

Organizational Strengths

N
Enterprise provides critical support to affordable housing developers, serving as the equity investor. Under the direction of former Executive Director Doris Koo, Enterprise has attracted highly skilled and knowledgeable staff across the country especially in the arena of affordable housing with services for seniors.

Areas for Improvement

N
Continue to collaborate with NeighborWorks, the Long Term Quality Alliance, LeadingAge, Stewards of Affordable Housing Foundation (SAHF), and Atlantic Philanthropies to move toward broad systems reform in long term care.
Experience Works (1 recommendation) Impacts the lives and economic well being of older workers in need of job skills through a well-defined community service employment program which serves hundreds of people across the country, particularly in rural America. Paid a minimum wage for 20 hours of work a week, they attain the skills to become self-sufficient, while working in non-profit or governmental agencies and supporting the local economy.
Experience Works
Silver-small

http://www.experienceworks.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

O
Impacts the lives and economic well being of older workers in need of job skills through a well-defined community service employment program which serves hundreds of people across the country, particularly in rural America. Paid a minimum wage for 20 hours of work a week, they attain the skills to become self-sufficient, while working in non-profit or governmental agencies and supporting the local economy.

Organizational Strengths

O
Outstanding organizational leadership at the national and local levels; established integrated data systems for participant tracking and financial efficiency. Well respected in the national aging and employment arenas and in local businesses and community leaders.

Areas for Improvement

O
Limited staffing and reduced funding limits the desired direct client contact and requires distance communication.
Full Life (1 recommendation) This organization, which is local in my area, has survived for the past 35+ years and transformed itself many times. It has helped thousands of individuals stay at home longer with their loved ones (or even alone) by providing high quality adult day health care and, more recently, integrated residential services.
Full Life

http://www.fulllifecare.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization, which is local in my area, has survived for the past 35+ years and transformed itself many times. It has helped thousands of individuals stay at home longer with their loved ones (or even alone) by providing high quality adult day health care and, more recently, integrated residential services.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great leadership and strong Board of Directors. The organization enjoys a great deal of community support.

Areas for Improvement

N
Most of AAHCPs income comes from its annual meeting. They could use a development audit and some concerted effort to diversify their revenue streams. This will be vital for them to sustain for several more years the support they have won for improved public financing of home care practice, even as the membership of Congress changes.
Grantmakers in Aging (1 recommendation) Important trends, find camaraderie, serves as a great common space that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Where real discussions take place.
Grantmakers in Aging

http://www.giaging.org/imis15_prod/internet/default.aspx

Evidence of Impact

F
Important trends, find camaraderie, serves as a great common space that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Where real discussions take place.
ITN- America (1 recommendation) ITN is creating a national network of community-based, consumer-directed transportation systems to meet the on-demand, 24/7 transportation needs of older adults.
ITN- America

http://www.itnamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
ITN is creating a national network of community-based, consumer-directed transportation systems to meet the on-demand, 24/7 transportation needs of older adults.

Organizational Strengths

F
ITN has very qualified and inspiring leadership and creative marketing.

Areas for Improvement

F
ITN could do more work creating transportation alternatives in rural communities.
International Longevity Center (1 recommendation) No other organization has had such a profound influence on policy and public opinion about the nature of aging and longevity.
International Longevity Center

http://www.ilcusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
No other organization has had such a profound influence on policy and public opinion about the nature of aging and longevity.

Organizational Strengths

N
Past visionary leadership and effective stewardship of resources.
Jewish Family and Children's Services (1 recommendation) Providing respite, counseling, caregiver support.
Jewish Family and Children's Services

http://www.jfcs.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Providing respite, counseling, caregiver support.

Organizational Strengths

R
strategic about choosing high impact high demand services.

Areas for Improvement

R
Network with other professionals in community.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) (1 recommendation) Their members serve 1 in 30 people in America
Lutheran Services in America (LSA)
Silver-small

http://www.lutheranservices.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their members serve 1 in 30 people in America

Organizational Strengths

N
Mission-driven self-understanding and fearless approach to meeting needs in virtually every community.
Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) (1 recommendation) Great advocacy and public policy work - uses "help line" information to shape reform recommendations
Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights)
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http://www.medicarerights.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Great advocacy and public policy work - uses "help line" information to shape reform recommendations

Organizational Strengths

F
Great staff, board, volunteers.

Areas for Improvement

F
Extremely dependent on foundation funding for sustainability; NY vs. National identity problems.
Michigan Indian Elders Association (1 recommendation) The organization is composed of tribal elders from Michigan are organized to provide a forum in which American Indian Elders may speak, learn, grow and exercise control over their environment by having representation on State and National Aging organizations, enable access to services, provide prevention training, act as an advocate for member organizations, perpetuate a positive influence on the youth of the member organizations, and promote emotional and spiritual well-being through social interaction.
Michigan Indian Elders Association

http://www.michiganindianelders.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization is composed of tribal elders from Michigan are organized to provide a forum in which American Indian Elders may speak, learn, grow and exercise control over their environment by having representation on State and National Aging organizations, enable access to services, provide prevention training, act as an advocate for member organizations, perpetuate a positive influence on the youth of the member organizations, and promote emotional and spiritual well-being through social interaction.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strength of this organization is the membership and their desire to complete their mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
More visibility.
National Alliance for Caregiving (1 recommendation) The NAC is a very active small group of people who support caregivers in the community by providing up-to-date research and information on caregiving. They do studies for caregivers and offer the latest research and also tips to help caregivers. For example, they partnered with MetLife to quantify caregiving costs to working caregivers. This information is useful in working to obtain funding for caregivers at some future time.
National Alliance for Caregiving
Silver-small

http://www.caregiving.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The NAC is a very active small group of people who support caregivers in the community by providing up-to-date research and information on caregiving. They do studies for caregivers and offer the latest research and also tips to help caregivers. For example, they partnered with MetLife to quantify caregiving costs to working caregivers. This information is useful in working to obtain funding for caregivers at some future time.

Organizational Strengths

N
With a small staff they remain faithful to the community they serve and get information out to us rapidly and consistently. They are professional in scope and compassionate in the messages they send. This helps those who are working with caregivers.
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) (1 recommendation) Their work serving senior citizens of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)

http://www.napca.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their work serving senior citizens of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

Organizational Strengths

N
NAPCA has a strong business model that creates mutually beneficial outcomes for the people it serves as well for its partner organizations. NAPCA has a strong and positive reputation as one of the most trusted non-profit organizations in the Asian communities.

Areas for Improvement

N
NAPCA is primed for growth and will need more visionary leadership.
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged (NCBA) (1 recommendation) NCBA is a national organization with local affiliates. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of low income racial and ethnic minority seniors, especially African American seniors. However, in several some cities, NCBA constituents include Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander seniors. NCBA works to facilitate the sharing of resources, information and experience across a spectrum of policy makers, legislators, advocacy and service organizations. In 1977, with a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, NCBA established the NCBA Housing Management Corporation (NCBA-HMC.) Through it, NCBA provides senior housing for over 500 low-income seniors at sites in Washington, DC, New Orleans, LA, Jackson, MS, Hernando, MS, Marks, MS, Mayersville, MS and Reidsville, NC. For over 25 years, NCBA has operated the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE). Through the SCSEP Program NCBA provides part time employment, access to supportive services, and needed additional income, for low income seniors in nine states and the District of Columbia. The SEE Program matches experienced workers with government agencies fulfilling environmental mandates. Through the SEE Program NCBA reaches seniors in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Over the course of its history, NCBA has conducted research and trained personnel in housing management and career development for the field of aging. In 2010, NCBA celebrated 40 year of service to racial and ethnic minority seniors. Please note that numbers of people served by the SCSEP and SEE Programs were unavailable, including searches on the web.
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged (NCBA)

http://www.ncba-aged.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
NCBA is a national organization with local affiliates. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of low income racial and ethnic minority seniors, especially African American seniors. However, in several some cities, NCBA constituents include Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander seniors. NCBA works to facilitate the sharing of resources, information and experience across a spectrum of policy makers, legislators, advocacy and service organizations. In 1977, with a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, NCBA established the NCBA Housing Management Corporation (NCBA-HMC.) Through it, NCBA provides senior housing for over 500 low-income seniors at sites in Washington, DC, New Orleans, LA, Jackson, MS, Hernando, MS, Marks, MS, Mayersville, MS and Reidsville, NC. For over 25 years, NCBA has operated the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE). Through the SCSEP Program NCBA provides part time employment, access to supportive services, and needed additional income, for low income seniors in nine states and the District of Columbia. The SEE Program matches experienced workers with government agencies fulfilling environmental mandates. Through the SEE Program NCBA reaches seniors in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Over the course of its history, NCBA has conducted research and trained personnel in housing management and career development for the field of aging. In 2010, NCBA celebrated 40 year of service to racial and ethnic minority seniors. Please note that numbers of people served by the SCSEP and SEE Programs were unavailable, including searches on the web.

Organizational Strengths

O
NCBA’s outreach staff is strong and effective. Director of Health Programs is creative and bilingual. NCBA’s Housing Management staff is highly qualified. A small staff manages seven long standing senior housing projects.

Areas for Improvement

O
There is room for improvement in NCBA's web site. It is not as informative as it could be. For example, date about the numbers of people served by its programs is unavailable. Some information is out of date.
National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (1 recommendation) This organization brings together leaders from national aging organizations (The National Council on Aging, The National Association of Social Workers; The American Psychological Association; The American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging, and many others)- to identify problems, research solutions and share information to improve mental health services and programs for older adults. This organization, along with others, was a strong advocate for "parity" between how health insurance programs address provisions for physical health and mental health treatment. In addition to bringing together leaders of aging organizations at the national level, the organization also pulls in leaders of regional and state programs to disseminate information on best practices and programs that work in the field of mental health and aging.
National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging

http://www.ncmha.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization brings together leaders from national aging organizations (The National Council on Aging, The National Association of Social Workers; The American Psychological Association; The American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging, and many others)- to identify problems, research solutions and share information to improve mental health services and programs for older adults. This organization, along with others, was a strong advocate for "parity" between how health insurance programs address provisions for physical health and mental health treatment. In addition to bringing together leaders of aging organizations at the national level, the organization also pulls in leaders of regional and state programs to disseminate information on best practices and programs that work in the field of mental health and aging.

Organizational Strengths

R
This organization operates without paid staff and designated funding. It is supported by the in-kind contributions of time, knowledge, expertise and skills of the leaders and members who participate in its regular meetings and the organizations that contribute space, staff resources, etc.
National Family Caregivers Association (NCFA) (1 recommendation) Helped educate policymakers and the public over the last twenty years to the concept of family caregiving.
National Family Caregivers Association (NCFA)
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http://www.nfcacares.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Helped educate policymakers and the public over the last twenty years to the concept of family caregiving.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong leadership and ability to engage the corporate sector in understanding caregiving. Does the best work at reaching family caregiver directly across the nation.

Areas for Improvement

N
Could engage family caregivers in a grassroots movement. Could assist more with policy direction.
National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) (1 recommendation) NICOA serves the critical workforce needs of the Native American community on a national scale, training hundreds of unemployed elders annually through the SCSEP program. They have also been successful in advocating for funding to address the health needs of Native American elders.
National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)

http://www.nicoa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NICOA serves the critical workforce needs of the Native American community on a national scale, training hundreds of unemployed elders annually through the SCSEP program. They have also been successful in advocating for funding to address the health needs of Native American elders.

Organizational Strengths

N
NICOA successfully and inclusively represents a broad population among many different tribes and regions.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (1 recommendation) Excellent services.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Excellent services.

Organizational Strengths

N
Ground up governance and effective fundraising.
National NeighborWorks Association (1 recommendation) NeighborWorks specializes in training the leading nonprofit housing and community development organizations in the country. NNWA has offered the Achieving Excellence program for ten years in collaboration with Harvard University faculty. AE brings together a class of 50 or so seasoned professionals to hone their leadership skills and take on a challenge that will impact their community and industry in a lasting fashion. NeighborWorks recently held a Symposium on Senior Housing sharing best practices in rental, homeownership and community building.
National NeighborWorks Association

http://www.nnwa.us/

Evidence of Impact

N
NeighborWorks specializes in training the leading nonprofit housing and community development organizations in the country. NNWA has offered the Achieving Excellence program for ten years in collaboration with Harvard University faculty. AE brings together a class of 50 or so seasoned professionals to hone their leadership skills and take on a challenge that will impact their community and industry in a lasting fashion. NeighborWorks recently held a Symposium on Senior Housing sharing best practices in rental, homeownership and community building.

Organizational Strengths

N
NeighborWorks has been a significant supporter of the land trust model in our state of Vermont, supporting a network of land trusts that cover the state. They have chosen to focus on one niche and do it very well: training.
National PACE Association (1 recommendation) For the past 40+ years, PACE (originally On Lok in San Francisco) has developed what are now about 70 sites across the country serving people who are dually-eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and keeping them independent far longer than any other intervention could. The program is much researched.
National PACE Association

http://www.npaonline.org/website/article.asp?id=4

Evidence of Impact

N
For the past 40+ years, PACE (originally On Lok in San Francisco) has developed what are now about 70 sites across the country serving people who are dually-eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and keeping them independent far longer than any other intervention could. The program is much researched.

Organizational Strengths

N
Very strong research arm; great advocacy.
National Society for American Indian Elderly (NSAIE) (1 recommendation) The organization assists with capacity building for American Indian and Alaska Native communities by coordinating VISTA volunteers that help develop or implement aging service programs beneficial to Indian country.
National Society for American Indian Elderly (NSAIE)
Bronze-small

http://nsaie.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization assists with capacity building for American Indian and Alaska Native communities by coordinating VISTA volunteers that help develop or implement aging service programs beneficial to Indian country.

Organizational Strengths

N
The director, Victoria Collins, has successfully worked with numerous tribes by providing valuable services to their areas. She appears to be a strong advocate for services as well as a competent business leader.

Areas for Improvement

N
More visibility to American Indian and Alaska Native communities and other national entities.
On Lok (1 recommendation) It is the model for PACE.
On Lok

http://www.onlok.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
It is the model for PACE.

Organizational Strengths

R
The model of care is groundbreaking.
Oncology Nursing Society (1 recommendation) Leadership to create competence in oncology nurses caring for older adults
Oncology Nursing Society

http://www.ons.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Leadership to create competence in oncology nurses caring for older adults

Organizational Strengths

R
National awareness, competence building, multiple publications

Areas for Improvement

R
Expensive model of care is difficult (1) to sustain and (2) to replicate as a national model.
Partners in Care Foundation (1 recommendation) This organization's impact on the delivery of high quality long term community-based supports and services, development of innovative models such as "HomeMeds" medication management, and national influence and leadership with aging services makes it among the most influential and respected nonprofits in the aging services sector. The leadership of June Simmons is beyond compare. Her capacity to work with other states and federal agencies lends greater potential and capacity to efforts. In addition to the support for direct services they provide, they also lead innovative efforts around patient self-management, medication management, and work at the state policy level to help employ strategies that improve health of older adults and those with disabilities residing in the community.
Partners in Care Foundation
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http://www.picf.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization's impact on the delivery of high quality long term community-based supports and services, development of innovative models such as "HomeMeds" medication management, and national influence and leadership with aging services makes it among the most influential and respected nonprofits in the aging services sector. The leadership of June Simmons is beyond compare. Her capacity to work with other states and federal agencies lends greater potential and capacity to efforts. In addition to the support for direct services they provide, they also lead innovative efforts around patient self-management, medication management, and work at the state policy level to help employ strategies that improve health of older adults and those with disabilities residing in the community.

Organizational Strengths

F
The team reporting to June Simmons that includes Sandy Atkins, Denee Frey, etc. is exceptional in developing strong and substantive partnerships and relationships with stakeholders. June Simmons epitomizes leadership. She brings together leading individuals within the community to build awareness, gain feedback and support, and garner partners. She is a doer and a visionary--pragmatic and inspirational.

Areas for Improvement

F
Better writing and research skills needed.
Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) (1 recommendation) Affordable housing for seniors.
Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF)
Silver-small

http://www.rhf.org/RHFCMS/

Evidence of Impact

N
Affordable housing for seniors.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization offers 132 communities in 24 states serving 14,000 people a day. They offer assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support, and lots of affordable housing. Very strong mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
Need more resources!
Senior Service America (SSAI) (1 recommendation) SSA helps low-income seniors with job training and community service.
Senior Service America (SSAI)

http://www.seniorserviceamerica.org/site/index.html

Evidence of Impact

N
SSA helps low-income seniors with job training and community service.

Organizational Strengths

N
SSA has a strong presence in DC and advocates for seniors at a national policy level.
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Trangender Elders (SAGE) (1 recommendation) Premier organization working on LGBT aging issues.
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Trangender Elders (SAGE)
Silver-small

http://sageusa.org/about/

Evidence of Impact

N
Premier organization working on LGBT aging issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
Very strong leadership. National voice.

Areas for Improvement

N
It will be interesting to see how the impact of the organization will fare in the absence of Robert Butler who was its founder and visionary.
Sheltering Arms Senior Services (1 recommendation) Have been able to develop a multi-sector partnership to focus on meeting the needs of elderly in Houston area for the past 7 years.
Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Silver-small

http://www.shelteringarms.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Have been able to develop a multi-sector partnership to focus on meeting the needs of elderly in Houston area for the past 7 years.

Organizational Strengths

F
Excellent leadership overall: director community partnerships is excellent. Operations top notch; resourceful and creative staff and agency.

Areas for Improvement

F
Building capacity as lead agency in support of partnership.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (1 recommendation) They run a Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy that develops leaders in clinical settings to expand geriatric-focused services. They have a Nursing Home Collaborative with deep expertise and consulting. They have a gero day at their annual meeting highlighting knowledge, models to support older adults.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

http://www.nursingsociety.org/default.aspx

Evidence of Impact

F
They run a Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy that develops leaders in clinical settings to expand geriatric-focused services. They have a Nursing Home Collaborative with deep expertise and consulting. They have a gero day at their annual meeting highlighting knowledge, models to support older adults.

Organizational Strengths

F
Represents nursing leaders in both education and practice arenas. International scope. Membership influential locally, nationally, internationally. Strong commitment on board level to field of aging. Supply nursing input to new consumer-focused national website from developers of WebMD--ability to reach consumers with quality information.

Areas for Improvement

F
Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy and other activities not yet self sustaining.
Social Security Works (1 recommendation) Social Security Works is a relatively new organization that is working first and foremost to preserve and strengthen Social Security -- not cut it. Run by two nationally-renowned experts, Nancy Altman and Eric Kingston, this organization has mobilized a coalition of organizations to stop cuts in Social Security and to give the straight facts to the public about this social insurance program and its role in protecting generations of retirees and their spouses -- as well as other disadvantaged populations.
Social Security Works

http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/social-security-works-0

Evidence of Impact

N
Social Security Works is a relatively new organization that is working first and foremost to preserve and strengthen Social Security -- not cut it. Run by two nationally-renowned experts, Nancy Altman and Eric Kingston, this organization has mobilized a coalition of organizations to stop cuts in Social Security and to give the straight facts to the public about this social insurance program and its role in protecting generations of retirees and their spouses -- as well as other disadvantaged populations.

Organizational Strengths

N
What makes Social Security Works work so effectively is it leadership. Nancy Altman has 30 years experience in working on retirement issues and is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble, and Eric Kingston is a professor at Syracuse University. Their passion, and knowledge of the facts, has helped provide a necessary counter balance to those who are spreading misconceptions about the status of Social Security (i.e. that it is going broke, or that it is contributing to the federal Deficit). They also have authored proposals on how to make Social Security finanicially sound for generations to come -- without benefit cuts.

Areas for Improvement

N
The quality of mental health care for older adults is abysmal. The vision and mission of this organization could be better implemented with designated funding and staff resources. There needs to be a national survey and national attention to the issue mental health care for older adults. It is extremely unfortunate that mental health professional frequently "opt out" of the Medicare program. The result is that quality mental health care is only available to those who can pay privately. As the population of older people increases, the need for preventive and restorative mental health services will also increase. There is tremendous latitude for improvement in this area, and this organization could be in the forefront for identifying how that might happen.
The AdvantAge Initiative (1 recommendation) AdvantAge is a community-based planning tool to help communities identify issues of concern to older adults, and to build consensus, gather stakeholders and identify resources to create community change.
The AdvantAge Initiative

http://www.vnsny.org/advantage/

Evidence of Impact

F
AdvantAge is a community-based planning tool to help communities identify issues of concern to older adults, and to build consensus, gather stakeholders and identify resources to create community change.

Organizational Strengths

F
AdvantAge staff are experts in working in different types of communities and in helping bring the largest possible range of stakeholders to the table. The AdvantAge survey is now available online, making the process more affordable for communities of all sizes and with different levels of resources.

Areas for Improvement

F
VNSNY is working on making the survey more responsive to individual community needs and would be more effective if the survey were available in multiple languages.
The Eden Alternative (1 recommendation) Bill Thomas is truly a genius, and what he’s done has dramatically raised the bar for long-term care in America and in the world.
The Eden Alternative

http://www.edenalt.org/

Organizational Strengths

R
Bill Thomas is truly a genius, and what he’s done has dramatically raised the bar for long-term care in America and in the world.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need attention to long-term management, to overcoming the “founder’s syndrome” (problem of the charismatic founder).
The Practice Change Fellows Program (1 recommendation) This organization is focused on mentoring new leaders in geriatric care. In the four years of their existence they have had phenomenal and repeated successes in realizing amazing outcomes for geriatric service organizations--such as local Alzheimer's Associations and other elderly service care providers and large multi-specialty health care organizations.
The Practice Change Fellows Program

http://www.practicechangefellows.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization is focused on mentoring new leaders in geriatric care. In the four years of their existence they have had phenomenal and repeated successes in realizing amazing outcomes for geriatric service organizations--such as local Alzheimer's Associations and other elderly service care providers and large multi-specialty health care organizations.

Organizational Strengths

O
This organization is comprised of some of the most effective leaders in geriatric care and services in the USA including Eric Coleman, the guru of Care Transitions for older adults; Nancy Whitelaw the VP of NCOA (National Council on Aging); Geriatric Medical Directors and Senior Clinical Administrators from Group Health Cooperative, Kaiser, HealthCare Partners. The workgroup is interdisciplinary involving nurse case managers, social workers and physicians from across the country. All the Advisory Board member hold positions of power and influence within their organizations and have had diverse and far reaching expertise.

Areas for Improvement

O
Expand their reach as the results of this experience for both Advisors and Fellows is so very rich. They could also use some support regarding their "spread".
The Retirement Research Foundation (1 recommendation) This foundation is one of the few that has focused on translation and application of gerontological research on older populations. As such, they provide the opportunity to advance evidence based strategies to promote the health and well being of older adults and maintaining these advancements in the settings they were applied.
The Retirement Research Foundation

http://www.rrf.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This foundation is one of the few that has focused on translation and application of gerontological research on older populations. As such, they provide the opportunity to advance evidence based strategies to promote the health and well being of older adults and maintaining these advancements in the settings they were applied.

Organizational Strengths

R
First, they are product-oriented and recognize the importance of empirical documentation of the project impact. Second, they are sufficiently broad in the field of aging that they can adapt to new advances in our understanding of aging and health.

Areas for Improvement

R
It would be of value if the nonprofit would focus more on suggesting areas of specific interest. It would also be a good idea for staff to publicly present on the successful projects funded.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (1 recommendation) I have seen results of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at work. They have funded health care innovations, caregiving solutions for senior family members and research that led to changes in treatment for seniors.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

http://www.rwjf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
I have seen results of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at work. They have funded health care innovations, caregiving solutions for senior family members and research that led to changes in treatment for seniors.

Organizational Strengths

N
This Foundation has achieved an excellent reputation with Health Care Providers and this is directly attributed to the leadership of the organization. They display high levels of ethical behavior and compassion.

Areas for Improvement

N
This Foundation might include small business start-ups to offer some help to achieve the level of success they need to implement change in their community.
The Urban Institute (1 recommendation) Research on aging, long-term care, Medicaid, Medicare.
The Urban Institute
Silver-small

http://www.urban.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Research on aging, long-term care, Medicaid, Medicare.

Organizational Strengths

R
High quality research conducted by staff. Research products and briefings that are accessible to policymakers.
Transportation Research Board (1 recommendation) Transportation research for senior mobility.
Transportation Research Board

http://www.trb.org/Main/Home.aspx

Evidence of Impact

N
Transportation research for senior mobility.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership, funding, great staff

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization has always operated on a shoestring, with part-time staff and limited budgets to disseminate its work.
Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) (1 recommendation) They are advocating and working on behalf of an issue which will have increasing relevance in our country and within the aging field.
Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)
Silver-small

http://vnaa.org/vnaa/siteshelltemplates/homepage_navigate.htm

Evidence of Impact

N
They are advocating and working on behalf of an issue which will have increasing relevance in our country and within the aging field.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership. I served on the Board for some time and I know that the leadership is committed to fulfilling the mission of the organization. That is often taken for granted and is of utmost importance.

Areas for Improvement

N
Might have stronger cash flow if it could raise enough funds. They often, in the past, at least, had trouble paying bills timely.
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) (1 recommendation) The VNSNY has combined service, research and advocacy into a vibrant organization and has brought the issue of home care to the attention of policy makers, insurance companies and the general public. They bring attention to care trends and have practical, on-the-ground experience and programs to address the needs.
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)

http://www.vnsny.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The VNSNY has combined service, research and advocacy into a vibrant organization and has brought the issue of home care to the attention of policy makers, insurance companies and the general public. They bring attention to care trends and have practical, on-the-ground experience and programs to address the needs.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have high visibility leadership and have incorporated and incubator of new ventures into the management structure.

Areas for Improvement

N
I wish the organization was known more on the west coast. It has considerable influence along the northeast axis and especially in the Capitol.
Volunteers of America (1 recommendation) Immeasurable based on broad scope of mission for seniors, homeless, children throughout the US.
Volunteers of America
Silver-small

http://www.voa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Immeasurable based on broad scope of mission for seniors, homeless, children throughout the US.

Organizational Strengths

N
Board and executive leadership. Scope of mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
National efforts are a bit too loosely tied together for maximum brand alignment and advocacy effectiveness.
Witness Inc. (1 recommendation) Led a video advocacy campaign to promote awareness of elder abuse and elder justice.
Witness Inc.

http://www.witnessinc.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Led a video advocacy campaign to promote awareness of elder abuse and elder justice.

Organizational Strengths

N
Extremely experienced in use of video advocacy to promote social justice on a global scale as well as national efforts. Innovative strategies, tremendous networking.

Areas for Improvement

N
May have to retool since much of their work employed Flip cameras, no longer being produced.

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