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Awards and Recognition

Generations United has received awards and recognition from a wide variety of organizations, government agencies and legislatures. A brief list:


Board member John Rother receives the Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance.

In April, Generations United’s Seniors4Kids is honored by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for “its many years of service and dedication to the youth and children of Pennsylvania.” Seniors4Kids is also honored by the Pennsylvania Senate for “its dedicated service to children and citizens who are older within the Philadelphia community.”

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell Proclaims May 4th as “Seniors4Kids Day,” citing the Generations United program “as a civic engagement initiative that highlights the important role older adults play in support of issues directly benefitting children and youth in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”


Donna Butts is elected to the board of the National Human Services Assembly


Generations United receives An Aging Star Award from the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its 25th anniversary.


Generations United Board Chair John Rother receives the Award for Excellence in National Board Leadership from the National Human Services Assembly.


Generations United is honored by The United Nations’ Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations with Special Consultative Status with its Economic and Social Council (ECOSC). This status entitles Generations United to contribute to the work, programs and goals of the United Nations by serving as technical experts, advisers, and consultants to governments and the UN Secretariat. Generations United is one of only eight organizations to be granted this special honor.


Generations United is presented the Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Caregiver Institute Leadership Award.

Donna Butts receives the Jack Ossofsky Award for her Leadership, Creativity, and Innovation in Programs and Services for Older Persons from the National Council on Aging.

Donna is elected Chair of the Management Committee on the International Consortium on Intergenerational Programmes.


Donna Butts is elected as one of only two Americans to the Management Committee of the International Consortium on Intergenerational Programmes.

Donna is asked to serve on the editorial board of the new Journal of Intergenerational Relationships: Programs, Policy and Research.


Generations United is recognized for Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy of Intergenerational Cooperation by the National Intergenerational Caucus of Early Childhood Professionals.

Ana Beltran is invited to join the Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Families Advisory Group.


Donna Butts is invited to participate in an inter-regional meeting of experts in Seoul, South Korea, called during the United Nations’ declared “Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages.” She helps to create a policy framework for all ages based on solidarity between the generations so they can contribute and benefit from full participation in society. Donna is one of only two Americans asked to participate.


Donna Butts is appointed by Donna Shalala, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to serve on the Kinship Care Advisory Panel mandated by the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. She is one of 25 individuals chosen from across the country to participate.

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