Supporting Organizations Assisting Older Individuals: Infographic
Caesars Foundation prioritizes helping older individuals live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives
Globally, our primary emphasis is supporting nonprofit advocacy and service-delivery organizations dedicated to helping older individuals live independently, maintain optimal health and proper nutrition, avoid social isolation, and enjoy mental and physical vitality through every stage of the aging process. Of the over $62 million Caesars Foundation has contributed across the globe since inception in 2002, over $15 million or 24 percent of the Foundation’s overall giving has benefitted organizations addressing the needs of older individuals. Below are some of Caesars Foundation’s longtime partnerships.
Meals on Wheels Association of America – Since 2002, Caesars Foundation has given 50 vehicles, necessary for distributing meals to hungry seniors, to affiliates of the MOWAA in 18 states across the country. This represents more than a $5 million commitment that Caesars Foundation has invested toward ending senior hunger through a partnership spanning more than a decade. This multiyear support includes vehicles necessary for distributing meals to hungry seniors, as well as underwriting ground breaking research on the prevalence of senior hunger nationally, which resulted in an invitation to both Caesars and MOWAA representatives to testify in front of subcommittees in both the US House and Senate. The 2008 and 2009 research studies funded by the Foundation are titled "The Causes, Consequences and Future of Senior Hunger in America" and "Senior Hunger in the United States: Differences Across States and Rural and Urban Areas," respectively. Both studies continue to be referenced by politicians, academics and organizations working in the hunger space today.
AARP Foundation – Caesars Foundation has provided longtime support to the AARP Foundation totaling $3.3 million over the last several years. Gifts from Caesars Foundation are used to fund several vital programs, including: enhancing employment and training opportunities for seniors; utilizing employer outreach to connect with caregivers; increasing access to benefits; and expanding the AARP Foundation Money Management Program which assists low-income older or disabled adults who are unable to adequately handle routine financial tasks. An exciting and effective example of this support happened through a collaboration with AARP Foundation and AARP Louisiana called the Hollygrove Livable Communities Project in New Orleans. With funding from the Foundation, AARP carried out 18 months of relationship building, strategic planning and fund development to strengthen the capacity and reach of a local neighborhood association and its services for older individuals. This initiative and Caesars Foundation’s involvement was recognized by the Great Places in Louisiana Awards program in 2010 as a collaboration with the Lt. Governor’s office, the Center for planning Excellence and AARP.
Second Wind Dreams – Since 2008 Caesars Foundation has been privileged to partner with Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization on a mission to change the perception of aging and enhance the quality of life for those living in eldercare communities. Some of this support has helped to scale the Virtual Dementia Tour®, an innovative program helps relatives and other caregivers gain critical insight into the experiences those with dementia face every day. To date, Caesars Foundation has contributed $1.1 million Second Wind Dreams.
Alzheimer’s Association – Throughout its partnership with both national and local chapters of Alzheimer’s Association, Caesars Foundation has provided $3.1 million to support its efforts. This includes outreach and events to raise awareness of this disease as well as research and programming.
Angel’s Depot – Since 2008, Caesars Foundation has helped to enhance this organization working to provide food for the elderly poor living in San Diego County and to help improve the quality of their lives. To date, Caesars Foundation has provided $385,000 for its Emergency Food Box program to address the crisis of senior hunger in their community.
Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) – One of the Foundation’s international multiyear partnerships has been with the PRIME Initiative, which focuses on individuals over 50 years of age that are either not in paid work or are underemployed to start their own business. Founded by the Prince of Wales, the charity’s activities are needed because those over 50 face huge problems of unemployment and age discrimination in the conventional job market in the UK. Caesars Foundation has contributed nearly $340,000 (approximately £220,000) since 2010, as well as offered other resources to the organization such as employees acting as “mentors” for PRIME’s clients and utilizing London Clubs International facilities for training of new workers.
Age UK (formerly Help the Aged, UK) – Another international partnership through Caesars’ London Clubs International has been with Age UK. Support from the Foundation has helped to provide community services; publish useful information for the elderly on finance; and raise additional funds to liberate disadvantaged older people from poverty, seclusion, and neglect. Nearly $300,000 (approximately £180,000) since 2008 has been gifted from the Foundation to support the work of Age UK.
Three Square Food Bank – In addition to its designation as the largest corporate donor of the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Caesars Foundation has worked to combat senior hunger with other organizations such as the southern Nevada-based Three Square food bank. In 2007, the Foundation contributed $65,000 to fund the purchase of a vehicle for the organization to deliver donated food with a particular emphasis on older individuals in the community. Additionally, $25,000 in 2009 funded Three Square’s Hunger Symposium that brought together thought leaders from the community to tackle hunger. In 2011, Caesars Foundation funded a Senior Share pilot program at $50,000 that targeted food insecure seniors whose needs were not being met through other services. Support for this successful program continued in 2013 with a $25,000 commitment to grow the program.
National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) – Caesars Foundation will provide sponsorship to N4A’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow. This umbrella organization advocates to ensure needed resources and support services are available to older Americans. To date, the Foundation has provided $100,000 to help N4A showcase the most innovative policies, programs and services that assist older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers in leading independent and productive lives.