Our participatory grantmaking alters the traditional process of philanthropic giving by empowering service providers and community-based organizations to define the strategy around a specific issue area or population.
Supporting seniors is critical to promoting the overall wellness of a community. Running since 2013, the Korean American Senior Citizen School of Philadelphia is a monthly meeting for seniors where they can engage in a range of healthy activities. Roughly 70 seniors attend each meeting, which includes information from an expert speaker related to a topic, a physical activity(i.e., yoga, chair stretching, or line dance) and traditional Korean music(i.e., sing-along and traditional instruments, such as drums).
Meetings follow a range of topics that are important to the seniors they work with, including nutrition, fall prevention, coping with Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia, cultural programming, navigating Medicare and Medicaid, establishing a living will, and using social media. Many of the agencies who present on these topics also provide free resources to the seniors.
All presentations are made available in both Korean and English.