Our Mission

The mission of Generations United is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.

“Generations United is a celebration. The creation of Generations United marks the recognition that America’s generations, its old and young, its children, students, its workers and retired have never been closer, and at the same time, have never needed one another as much as they do today.”

— Founders at press conference announcing a new coalition, Generations United, on August 5, 1986

Our Vision

A world that values and engages all generations

Our Core Beliefs

Generations United is the catalyst that brings single-age focused groups together to build and support a common agenda while providing a unique voice in public debate. We honor, support, and engage all ages.

Further, we believe:

  • Intergenerational collaboration unites and improves our communities.
  • Intergenerational approaches have a positive relationship to economic growth and value creation.
  • Public policy should meet the needs of all generations.
  • Resources are more wisely used when they connect the generations rather than separate them.
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to all intergenerational efforts including engaging individuals with lived expertise across the continuum of work.
  • Grandparents and other adults who step forward to raise children are keeping families together and providing an economic service to our country.

Our DEI Statement

At Generations United, we believe that all levels of society are stronger when we build and support connections between generations. To be effective in our work, we are committed to using a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens that recognizes collective and individual cultures, values, norms, ages, and lived experiences. We cannot do this without addressing institutional racism and other forms of structural oppression. At Generations United, we have embarked on a journey to be intentional around DEI issues and practices across the continuum of our work. When we make mistakes, we seek to improve and adjust. We know that we must do more, so we will continue to evolve as we strive to identify and address issues that impact our mission, goals, and work. We are stronger together. Learn more.

Our Strategic Plan

Generations United seeks to be the catalyst for and recognized leader of knowledge-based, intentional efforts to create a world that values and engages all generations.

Our Annual Reports

Learn more about the impact and work of Generations United in our Annual Reports.