Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards

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General Information

With support from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is pleased to oversee the annual Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards program.

Awards Background

In the recent past, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation undertook a review of issues facing caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease. In June 2007, the Foundation published an expert panel discussion report, Strengthening Caregiving for Alzheimer's Disease, which outlined promising practices, research recommendations, and key principles for caregiver support. It is against this backdrop that the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards program was initiated. The program promotes the reports’ principles—and innovation in the field of Alzheimer's disease caregiving—by recognizing and rewarding organizations that lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers. In 2018, the 11th year of the program, the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, joined as a funding partner as reflected in the new name — Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards.


​Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards

recipients — 2019

Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards

recipients — 2018

Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards

recipients — 2008 through 2017

Gilbert Caregiving Legacy Awards: THEN & NOW

THEN & NOW is an update on three past winners of Awards.

Each is presented in a downloadable, two-page PDF.


Awards Details

One award of $20,000 will be given in each of the following three categories:

  • Creative Expression

    Programs or projects that use novel, creative approaches to support persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family/informal caregivers. Examples include art, music, theatre, poetry, multimedia (e.g. film, documentary, radio), or technology used for creative engagement or other types of creative expression.
  • Diverse/Multicultural Communities

    Programs or projects that address a gap or chart a new way to deliver services, support, or outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in diverse racial/ethnic, age, religious/spiritual, LGBTQ, rural/remote, limited income, and other groups of caregivers with unique needs.
  • Public Policy

    Programs or projects that advocate for policy or systems changes for the benefit of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and/or their family/informal caregivers. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or administrative changes, media or public awareness campaigns, advocacy campaigns, or any other actions to strengthen public or private recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.

Application and Awards Timeline for 2020


DEADLINE: Monday, November 16, 2020, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)

The Awards will be announced (pending full funding) in January 2020.

If you know of a program, you would like to recommend to apply for this award. Please email [email protected].

Eligibility and Submission Conditions

  • Not for profit organizations, government agencies, and universities addressing a community need with a program or project that focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are eligible to apply. Note: Family/informal caregivers are unpaid caregivers. The term includes family members, friends, domestic partners, and neighbors.

  • Support for family/informal caregivers need not be the primary mission of the organization, agency, or university. For example: past winners include a library, songwriting organization, and public advocacy group.


Currently, only agencies operating within the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii are eligible to apply.​

  • Nonprofit applicants must submit proof of their 501(c)(3) status or other nonprofit status.
  • The nominated program or project has to have been active at least for a year. If the program or project involves a major culminating event, that event must have occurred prior to the application deadline.

Review Process

Applicants should follow the online application instructions in preparing a succinct description of their submitted program or project. Finalists may be contacted to provide additional information or materials. Expert judges will objectively assess and score applications. Final recommendations will be made to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy.

Frequently Asked Questions

For assistance with your application, please review the FAQ page first.

Requirements may be adjusted to compensate for unforeseeable circumstances upon a showing of good cause. Adjustment is subject to the discretion of FCA and/or the funding organizations.

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

The mission of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation is to invest in programs that promote education, tolerance, social services, healthcare, and the arts. The Foundation builds on the ideals and pursuits of its founders, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert. In addition, The foundation funds Arts Education and Culture in Los Angeles, Jewish programs in Los Angeles, and universities in California. In the area of Alzheimer's disease, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation focuses its grant-making on the advancement of research by junior investigators in the United States and Israel and investments in Alzheimer's disease caregiving.

Visit for more information.

Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy

Milwaukee-based Bader Philanthropies, Inc. is a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. Through the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund, the organization funds innovative projects and programs, convenes partners, and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas. Since its founding in 1992 as the Helen Bader Foundation, the organization has committed more than $275 million in grants and program-related investments, such as loans and equity investments that advance its charitable mission. Today, the Helen Daniels Bader Fund (HDBF) honors her interest in healthier older adults, as well as her passion for the arts and creativity. The HDBF works to further healthy aging in Wisconsin, particularly with respect to the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as efforts to address Alzheimer’s in Israel. In Milwaukee, HDBF brings community arts to underserved audiences, while the Helen Bader Scholarship Fund helps keep Jewish day school education in reach for local families.

For more information on Bader Philanthropies, visit

Family Caregiver Alliance

Established in 1977, the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) supports and assists caregivers through education, services, research, and advocacy. FCA programs support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. In 2017, FCA launched CareNav, a scalable online service able to deliver quality information, education, and services to a growing family caregiver population. The National Center on Caregiving, established at FCA in 2001, works to advance the development of high quality cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state of the country.

Visit or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.


Monday, September 28, 2020