On November 16, 2018, Concordia-Chicago received a grant award in the amount of $21,082 from the Retirement Research Foundation (RRF). The grant will support the development of a capacity-building strategic plan in the University’s Center for Gerontology. The Center for Gerontology serves as an organizational base for public speaking events, conferences, research, training, and the delivery of programs for and about older adults.
Dr. John K. Holton, director of the Center for Gerontology and visiting associate professor of
gerontology, praised the RRF’s decision to support the Center’s organizational capacity building. “The University founded the Center for Gerontology in 2014 to address the tremendous need for tools and resources to promote the wellbeing of the world’s fast-growing population of older adults. Our ability to accomplish our mission depends on bringing together passionate volunteers with thought leaders from the academic, public, and private sectors in developing high-impact initiatives.”
“The RRF grant will allow us to build out our organizational infrastructure to better coordinate and synthesize the disparate initiatives currently being undertaken in the field of applied gerontology,” said Dr. Lydia Manning, associate professor of gerontology. “With this grant support, the Center can sustain and enhance its leadership role in avoiding redundant efforts and building model programs that can be tested, improved, and scaled up to serve larger populations.”
The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is one of the first private foundations in the U.S. devoted exclusively to improving the quality of life for our nation’s older adults, especially those who are vulnerable due to advanced age, economic disadvantage, or disparity related to race and ethnicity. RRF fulfills its mission through grant-making programs which support innovative advocacy, direct service, professional education and training, and research projects that benefit older Americans. Since its endowment by the late John D. MacArthur in 1978, The Retirement Research Foundation has awarded more than $200 million in grants.