Together, we believe:
Each generation can improve the quality of life for the next.
We need each other, and together we are stronger.
Everyone can give forward so future generations can thrive.
SAGE sparks the imagination and commitment of people over fifty who believe in generational equity: each generation has the responsibility to give forward and improve the quality of life for the next.
To accomplish our work, we raise awareness about major challenges facing future generations with a focus on education, the environment, and the economy (the 3 Es). We also connect people to resources and opportunities to get involved, and we train and support people to actively engage in social causes and nonprofit organizations. We work across generations because we need each other and the future needs all the advocates it can get.
Each year, we aim to inspire, train, and support over 1,000 people to give forward in their communities. Across our work, we collaborate with partners and volunteers to bring to life this Greek Proverb at the heart of SAGE:
A society grows great when its elders plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
SAGE is funded by individuals, businesses, and foundations. Our supporters are featured in our Annual Reports.
Younger and future generations face major educational, environmental, and economic challenges, while systemic inequities continue to fuel disparities. In these times, older adults have much to give. In the United States, over 10,000 people turn 65 every day. Many in our community are beneficiaries of the longevity revolution — the near doubling of our expected lifetimes in a short period of human history. As a result, older adults have more opportunities to give forward with their time, money, and voice than any previous generation.
Through building a diverse and engaged community of advocates (Sages), we contribute to positive social change for coming generations. At the same time, we actively counter negative stereotypes about aging by supporting and honoring elders who are giving forward.
In the past 10 years, we have trained and supported thousands of people through our workshops, discussions, fellowships, Visiting SAGE lectures, and through our four teams devoted to mentoring, climate education, healthy democracy, and electric vehicles. We work primarily in Oregon, and network with groups in other parts of the USA.