Aging carries with it both challenges and opportunities. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, between 11-17% of the residents (depending on the county) are people 65 years old and older. The 65-and-older population spiked 15.1% from 2000 to 2010, and many experts expect that trend to continue over the next ten years as baby boomers continue to reach retirement age and live longer lives.
To better respond to the needs of this growing aging population, The Community Foundation is investing to strengthen the sector of senior-serving organizations.
- We helped launch and continue to support The Senior Roundtable, where senior-serving organizations come together on a regular basis to strengthen collaboration, identify service opportunities and build strategic partnerships.
- In 2013, we provided a grant to the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida to build a Senior Services Coordination Map. Often times, services to support aging adults, are fragmented and difficult to access. This grant will assist service providers and older adults and caregivers by providing easier access to available information and services.
- Established at the end of 2007 and endowed by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the Senior to Senior Fund continues to assist senior citizens in Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and St. Johns Counties facing short-term financial crisis. The fund is administered by ElderSource, the Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida.
- In 2015, TCF pursued a regional and focused strategy of grant-making in aging. The foundation’s Aging Adults Field of Interest grants supported our local Councils on Aging in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. John Counties with a range of capacity-building projects.
In 2016, TCF will continue its work in supporting our local Councils on Aging in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. John Counties. Our goal is to help elevate the strength of these vital organizations by building their specific capacity as they deliver a broad range of services to our senior population.
For information about our grants process, go to www.jaxcf.org/receive.