Friday, February 27, 2015
For more than twenty-five years, The Atlantic Philanthropies has been one of the most important funding sources for nonprofit and NGO work on health, education and equality issues in the U.S. and beyond, often providing key support for legal advocates including those at the National Senior Citizens Law Center (with its new name, Justice in Aging). My first encounter with AP began in Ireland in 2009-10, when I was based at the Changing Ageing Partnership, an AP funded-project at Queen's University Belfast.
Everywhere I turned during that sabbatical, I encountered the good works underway as the result of Chuck Feeney's decision in the mid-1980s to transfer virtually all of his considerable personal wealth to Atlantic. I learned that for the first half of AP's history, the grantmaking was anonymous and Chuck Feeney's role was largely unknown. The publication of The Billionaire Who Wasn't, by Irish writer Conor O'Clery, helped to change that visibility, and Mr. Feeney began to embrace a more public commitment to "giving while living."
My own work was impacted by what I learned that year, and I soon added a course on Nonprofit Organizations Law to my teaching package at Penn State's Dickinson Law.
Now Atlantic Philanthropies is facing its final two years of new grants, with 2016 being the concluding year. The final grants will focus on four themes:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Touro Law Center has issued a call for papers for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Aging, Longevity and Law, to be published this year. The first issue "will explore issues of adult guardianship."
The new Journal is intended to be interdisciplinary, on a "wide range of topics involving the elderly and the consequences of an aging population on the law and the legal system." Co-Editors-in-Chief, Professors Marianne Artusio and Joan Foley, explained the journal will be faculty and student-edited, and published online. They welcome papers from professionals working in law and health care, as well as from students.
The deadline for submissions for the first issue is March 10 2015. Papers should be submitted in MS Word format to the Editors above, and should "generally be no longer than 35 pages, including footnotes."
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging one again invites applications for fellowship grants, to fund new graduates from law schools to work in public interest positions in law and aging.
The deadline for applications for the 2015-16 grant cycle is April 15, 2015. The fellowship award period runs from July 1 of this year to June 30 of the following year, or for a calendar year to begin the month after the fellow's completion of a state bar examination.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Last year we wrote about Stanford University's first Design Challenge and the winner's colorful "EatWell" table setting, deigned to help those with cognitive deficits to eat without assistance. Last year the competition attracted 52 teams from 15 countries.
Stanford's Center on Longevity recently announced its 2014-15 Design Challenge, focusing on mobility issues for older adults. Entries are due December 5. One goal is to reach more students, encouraging greater awareness of aging issues and the values of intergenerational collaboration.
Hat tip to my colleague Professor Laurel Terry, who shared the latest news from her son's university.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
As anyone knows who has faced a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other dementia in their own family, it can be devastating news. I remember asking the doctor whether there was some "behavioral" training or program -- in addition to or as a substitute for medication -- that might help my own family member preserve, if not improve, existing cognition. The answer at that time was a slow, sad shake of the doctor's head.
That response is why many will be pleased to hear that the Alzheimer's Association supports research into non-drug therapies. The latest grant funding for four projects, announced in Chicago last week, includes:
- A study of the use of "exercise or cognitive stimulation, or a combination of the two, for lowering the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults." $247k to Dr. Amy Jack at the University of California, San Diego.
- Evaluation of the impact of aerobic interval training regimens on the brain and thinking abilities of people with type 2 diabetes. $250k to Dr. Gail Musen at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
- A study of "Skill-Building Through Task-Oriented Motor Practice (STOMP) for improving daily life skills and delaying decline in people" with dementia. "STOMP utilizes repetitive therapy and a learning technique that focuses on immediate correct steps instead of trial-and-error to strengthen and preserve memory for completing daily living tasks." $100k to Dr. Carrie Ciro at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences.
For more information on Alzheimer's Association research and results, see here and here. I can say that that I'm glad to see studies of regular movement or exercise. In my own family, I saw some stabilization of cognition coincide with greater activity. Being on one level -- with easy access to the outdoors and lots of room and safe areas to walk -- has proven to be very helpful for my father.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thomas Jefferson School of Law (that just happens to be located in one of my favorite cities, San Diego) is hosting a new writing competition to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of "law and medicine" or "law and social sciences." The purpose is to promote "understanding" and to further the "development of legal rights and protections" of those with disabilities. Papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues connected to employment, government services and programs, public accomodations, education, higher education, housing and health care.
The First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students and doctoral candidates in related fields in the U.S.
The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize, while two second place winners will each receive $1,000 case prizes, plus the possibility of publication.
The deadline for submission of entries is January 15, 2015.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
One of my students is working on a fascinating research project and I was looking for an appropriate writing competition for him to submit his final paper. I came across the National Academy of Social Insurance Law Student Writing Award. The bad news is that I found it too late to benefit my student, as the deadline for submissions is Monday, September 15, 2014. But the good news is that for those of you with law students who have already written terrific seminar papers and who are looking for a publication site, this might be the place.
Potential topics include: Analysis of legal and policy issues relating to any social insurance program. These issues include but are not limited to long-term care, Social Security, Social Security Disability, health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, related public assistance and private employee benefits. Nominations of comparative and interdisciplinary work relating to social insurance protections and policies are encouraged.
Eligibility: Any substantial written work addressing topics relevant to the legal and policy issues creating, modifying, planning, and implementing social insurance programs are eligible for nomination. Papers prepared by any person(s) studying for a J.D. degree at an ABA-accredited law school. Eligible papers may not exceed 10,000 words in length, plus appropriate footnotes. Papers should observe the style specifications of and should be presented in double-spaced format on letter-size pages. All papers or articles completed before January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014 will be considered.
Nomination Procedure: Nominations for the award can be made by a supervisor of the law student’s research paper, by an active member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, or any full-time faculty member at an ABA-accredited law school.
Our long-time friends at the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging are a sponsor of the competition with the award of top prizes to take place at the NASI annual conference in Washington D.C. in January, 2015. Perhaps this means that we plan on this opportunity for our students again in future years. (And the top award is nothing to sneeze at -- $2,500 plus an opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid.)
Additional information, including format and evaluation criteria are available here.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging is once again making key research money available for academic projects to be funded in 2005:
"The Center makes no more than four annual grants up to $20,000 each. Larger budgets using outside matching funds are encouraged but not required. Favorable weight is given to proposals that indicate, where appropriate, that active attempts will be made to solicit required additional funds for the project (including a list of sources to be approached). Grant funds may be used for the approved budget purposes, which may include reasonable compensation for the principal investigator(s), consultant(s), and research assistant(s), print and computer-based research materials, and other necessary expenses. Ordinarily, summer salary support will not be approved where the applicant is eligible for significant support from his or her university or other institutions. Grant funds may not be used for university overhead or administrative charges, and the Center will not otherwise pay any such costs."
And a reminder of the deadline for applications: "Applicants must submit an online application found on the Center’s Web site at www.borchardcla.org no later than October 27, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed and grants awarded by a committee composed of the Center’s academic advisory board members, co-directors, and fellows. Selections will be made on or about December 15, 2014."
For more information on the Borchard academic grant program, go to their website at www.borchardcla.org. Thanks to Borchard Co-director Mary Jane Ciccarello for reminding us of this important funding source for creative projects.
Monday, August 11, 2014
A New York teenager whose grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's disease won a $50,000 science prize for developing wearable sensors that send mobile alerts when a dementia patient begins to wander away from bed, officials said on Wednesday. Kenneth Shinozuka, 15, who took home the Scientific American Science in Action Award, said his invention was inspired by his grandfather's symptoms, which frequently caused him to wander from bed in the middle of the night and hurt himself. "I will never forget how deeply moved my entire family was when they first witnessed my sensor detecting Grandfather's wandering," Shinozuka said in a statement. "At that moment, I was struck by the power of technology to change lives." His invention uses coin-sized wireless sensors that are worn on the feet of a potential wanderer. The sensors detect pressure caused when the person stands up, triggering an audible alert on a caregiver's smartphone using an app.
The award honors a project that aims to make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge, said Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina.
Read more at Reuters.
Friday, May 30, 2014
A huge theme at the 3rd World Congress on Guardianship was supported decision-making. I was pleased and suprised to find this in my mailbox this morning:
ACL Funding Opportunity: Supported Decision Making
The purpose of this project is to create a training and technical assistance/resource center on supported decision making. The Center will collect and disseminate materials on supported decision-making, including the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in making informed decisions with the use of supports. The project will also include a proposal to develop measures to compare outcomes for people with I/DD and older Americans who use supported decision-making methods and practices to exert control and choice in their own lives compared with outcomes for individuals under substituted decision-making arrangements.
Deadline: Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than July 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Click here to download additional information including the application package.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
To help prevent thousands of people with disabilities from experiencing homelessness or unnecessary institutionalization, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced about $120 million in funding for state housing agencies to provide long-term rental assistance. Developed in partnership with HHS, applications for the Section 811 PRA are due May 5, 2014.
The program reinforces the guiding principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the landmark 1999 Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., which require state and local governments to provide services in the most integrated settings appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Read the News Release or Notice of Funding Availability for details.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging has opened the door for speakers to submit presentation proposals for the "new" Aging and Law Conference to be held in Washington D.C. at the Brickfield Center in the AARP Headquarters. The conference is set for October 16 and 17, 2014.
The submission deadline is March 15, 2014, with details available on the Conference "Facebook" account.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Borchard Foundation Center for Law and Aging reminds us that the application window is now open to apply for 2014-15 Borchard fellowship funding. The program provides three law school graduates the opportunity to pursue their research and professional interests for a year in law and aging.
The fellowship is $42,500 and is intended as a full-time position only. The fellowship period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year, or for the calendar year beginning the month after the fellow’s completion of a state bar examination.
Examples of activities and projects by Borchard Fellows:
· Working with an established legal services program to enable vulnerable, isolated, low-income seniors to age-in-place by addressing their unmet legal needs;
· Providing holistic services to older clients facing consumer debt and foreclosure-related concerns;
· Implementation of a courthouse project to help elderly pro se tenants achieve long-term housing stabilization through the interdisciplinary use of legal representation and social services, allowing more elderly tenants to “age in place” at home;
· Development of a non-profit senior law resource center providing direct legal services and public education;
· Development of an interdisciplinary elder law clinical program at a major public university law school;
· Development of a mediation component for a legal services program elder law hotline;
· Development of an interdisciplinary project for graduate students in law, medicine, and health advocacy to foster understanding and collaboration between professions.
For more details on how to apply before April 15, 2014 deadline, see details here.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship
The faculty fellowship opportunity described below is open to senior, mid-level, and junior faculty (minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience) affiliated with law schools or schools/programs of public health. Following a 10-day summer institute in Park City, Utah, in July 2014, fellows will return to their home institutions for their fellowship year (2014-2015) to develop their proposals to enhance the teaching of public health law.
Applications for this unique professional development opportunity are due Friday, December 13, 2013 (recommendation letters are due Friday, December 6, 2013). For complete details, visit www.law.gsu.edu/PHLFellowship.
Applications are invited for 10 faculty fellowships in public health law education.
Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members from law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in a yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming (including clinical, externship, and other experiential learning) and to build a strong learning community among faculty who teach in the public health law field.
All fellows, with their deans’ support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law. The fellows will begin their fellowship year by attending an intensive 10-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-2015 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A remarkable opportunity for career development is the program for Health and Aging Policy Fellowships. The program is interdisciplinary and past fellows have included lawyers, social workers, nurses, doctors, epidemiologists, economists, community activists, and -- of course -- academics, ranging in experience level from new degree-holders to experienced professionals. The year-long fellowships offer opportunities to engage in policy-making processes at state or federal levels, whether in "residentIal" or nonresidential settings,
Applications are due in mid-April each year -- and planning ahead helps for both the application and the award year. Eligibility criteria, funding details, and a subscription link for future deadlines and program opportunities are available on the program's website. A great opportunity for sabbatical work?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
September 24 is the kick-off date for a world-wide Design Competition offered by Stanford's Center on Longevity. The Stanford Report explains the competition is intended to encourage innovation that helps the rising tide of seniors:
"The design contest solicits entries from student teams worldwide and is aimed at finding solutions that help keep people with cognitive impairments independent as long as possible."
The final presentations are scheduled for April 2014 with judging by a panel of academics, industry professionals, nonprofit groups and investors. The competition offers prizes, including the top prize of $10,000.
Hat tip to Professor Laurel Terry, for news on this interesting challenge.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging offers substantial grants, up to $20,000 per award, to researchers in law and aging. The deadline for applications for the 2014 awards is October 15, 2013. Co-Director Mary Jane Ciccarello reminds us that:
"The objectives of the grants are to further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws, and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers."
Monday, August 26, 2013
While on sabbatical in Northern Ireland in 2010 at Queens University Belfast, I first encountered Atlantic Philanthropies. I kept running into innovative projects such as QUB's Changing Ageing Partnership -- and it would turn out the projects had started with seed-funding from Atlantic Philanthropies.
I came to realize that this private foundation was involved in cutting edge fields in many parts of the world. For example, it was funding aging research, health care projects, and higher education programs, such as the creation of the now thriving University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. However, the organization had often flown well below the radar screen, and for the early years of its operation, it was virtually impossible to "apply" for a grant. The organization might find you if you were doing sufficiently "good" work, but not usually the other way around. Eventually that approach changed, and AP opened its door for more traditional grant applications.
The man behind the organization's start was Chuck Feeney, an Irish-American businessman and philanthropist who quietly gave away the bulk of the fortune he made with Duty Free Shoppers before anyone even know he was a billionaire. The fascinating story of Chuck Feeney was told by Dublin-based author Conor O'Clery in the book, The Billionaire Who Wasn't, published in the US in 2007.
After reading the book, I "tuned in" to what was happening with private philanthropy, and soon realized that core funding from Atlantic Philanthropies was also behind many important legal service operations in the U.S., including the National Senior Citizens Law Center.
Chuck Feeney's behind-the-scenes impact predated Bill Gate's more transparent support for public philanthropy. I think it is safe to say that researching Chuck Feeney's history led me to add Nonprofit Organizations Law to my teaching package (which includes Elder Law, of course) at Penn State Law. I wanted to know more about whether and how NPOs based in the US can maximize their impact.
I thought that we already knew more or less the whole story of Atlantic Philanthropies, especially as the foundation was slated to go out of existence with a "spend-down" giving plan that would exhaust its multi-billion dollar endowment by approximately 2017.
It turns out there is more to the story, including a recent struggle for control over Atlantic Philanthropies that goes to the heart of 82-year-old Chuck Feeney's original vision. That story is now being told, again by Conor O'Clery, in a new edition of The Billionaire Who Wasn't and excerpts recently released in the Irish Times newspaper. Even if you have not seen the movie Jobs, about Steve Jobs at Apple Computers, you can imagine the conflict that can develop when you combine innovative "genius" and for-profit corporate policy-makers; it appears the intrigue can be just as great in the world of nonprofit foundations.
Hat tip to Una Lynch in Northern Ireland for alerting me to the latest news on Chuck Feeney and Atlantic Philanthropies.