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AARP Foundation

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AARP Foundation is tackling senior poverty by sparking bold, innovative solutions that help vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness.
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Aarp Pacific Heights Chapter 2429
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Program areas at AARP Foundation

Workforce ProgramsSenior Community Service Employment Program:Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has operated for over 50 years and is the oldest and largest older worker program in the country. SCSEP organizes training assignments that help participants build job skills while giving back to their community. The training assignments are with nonprofit and public facilities like day care centers, senior centers, schools, and hospitals, where SCSEP participants train an average of 20 hours a week in a variety of community service positions. With on-the-job training experience and updated skills, participants improve their ability to find permanent employment. In order to be eligible for SCSEP, participants must be 55 or older, unemployed, and have an income not more than 125% of the established federal poverty guidelines. AARP Foundation SCSEP serves more than 12,000 people annually in 90 municipalities, 19 states, and Puerto Rico. At least 75% of SCSEP participants retain employment nine months after taking part in the program and has placed participants with more than 9,000 employers in the last three years. www.aarpfoundation.org/scsepBack to Work 50+: Since 2013, BACK TO WORK 50+ (BTW50+) has served unemployed jobseekers 50 and older with a suite of tools and coaching resources to help them compete with confidence for today's in-demand jobs. Foundational to its success is a nationwide network of community partners who implement program components in their local communities. Trained career transition coaches host in-person and online coaching programs that provide a job search guide and workbook, group and individual sessions, connections to skills training, and access to employers. The program is available nationally through webinars hosted by AARP Foundation coaches, and in eight states through 14 nonprofit organizations and community colleges. wwwaarpfoundationorgbacktoworkWork for Yourself@50+: Through nationwide partners, the Work for Yourself@50+ (WFY@50+) program makes it easy for people over 50 to explore self-employment options, with free tools and resources that can help them increase their financial stability. A series of workshops and a toolkit guide participants through five simple steps while providing coaching and peer support. An online Freelancing Resource Center provides additional support and advice. The Work for Yourself@50+ Incubator Program, powered by Bridge for Billions, helps older adults with low-income launch and develop successful businesses through an online platform, virtual mentorship, and coaching sessions. WFY@50+ has served more than 52,000 older adults since it launched in 2016, and AARP Foundation collaborates with more than 21 organizations across 16 states and Washington, D.C., to implement the program. wwwworkforyourselfaarpfoundationo... Skills Ready@50+The Digital Skills Ready@50+ initiative, made possible through a $10 million grant from Google.org through the TIDES Foundation, was created to meet a pressing need: digital skills training for people over 50 who are living with low income, with a particular focus on women and people of color. The trainings help to increase older adults' economic security and social connections through a curriculum focused on basic digital skills to help them find and secure jobs, change careers, or explore entrepreneurship. The program is currently rolling out across eight states.
Benefits ProgramsSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Assistance:AARP Foundation is helping to increase enrollment in the SNAP for eligible older adults so they can receive and use SNAP benefits to buy healthy food - affordably. This includes support of ESAP, the Elderly Simplified Application Process. Through grantmaking, AARP Foundation supports nonprofit community organizations in 10 states that received waivers from the USDA to enact the Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP). ESAP streamlines the application process, making it easier for people who are over 60 and have no earned income to receive SNAP benefits. The community organizations use these grants to field more calls and sign up more seniors for SNAP. AARP Foundation also helps additional states apply for ESAP waivers so the program can reach more older adults across the country and support program implementation once the waiver is granted.Earned Income Tax Credit:AARP Foundation is helping eligible older adults take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable credit that supplements incomes for workers earning low wages. Through the Tax-Aide program, AARP Foundation is providing taxpayers in over 3,000 communities with free tax preparation and filing services, ensuring that eligible older adults claim the Earned Income Tax Credit when they file. AARP Foundation is also focused on efforts to raise awareness of the EITC among eligible older adults, launching grants and marketing in 2022 to raise awareness and support temporary EITC eligibility expansion. Medicare Savings Program:State Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) can help pay premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and prescription drug coverage costs but many older adults don't know they exist, and the process can be confusing. AARP Foundation is focused on reaching older adults with low income who are eligible for MSP but are not enrolled to help them apply for this valuable assistance.Student Loan Repayment Tool:Older adults are the fastest growing group of student loan borrowers, carrying this debt into middle age and beyond. Of the 45 million adults who hold student loan debt, 1 in 5 are 50 or older. These 9 million older adults owe more than $387 billion in student loans. The Department of Education offers critical, yet under-utilized safety net programs that contribute to the financial security of older adult student loan borrowers.The goal of our student loan debt program is to increase enrollment in the federal student loan programs such as Income Driven Repayment, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Fresh Start, and others. AARP Foundation is raising awareness of these federal programs and supporting borrowers through the enrollment process. AARP Foundation is partnering with Savi to support older student loan borrowers in navigating complicated eligibility criteria and processing paperwork with their loan servicers.
Tax and Credit ProgramsTax-Aide:AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax preparation help to anyone, free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low to moderate income. Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-based tax assistance and preparation program in the U.S. with over 25,000 volunteers nationwide. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. wwwaarpfoundationorgtaxaideProperty Tax-Aide:AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide helps older adults with low income take advantage of property tax refund and credit programs, saving them money and helping them stay in their homes longer. Property Tax-Aide uses an innovative online fintech tool to simplify the process of applying for property tax refunds and credits. Trained program volunteers use an eligibility screener to determine eligibility for a property tax refund or credit. The volunteers then use an application wizard to help eligible older adults complete the appropriate forms and prepare them for filing. Assistance is available both in person and online. We currently serve 12 states and the District of Columbia and plan to expand nationwide to all states offering property tax relief.
Social Connection and Intergenerational ProgramsConnect2affect:Research shows that being connected to one's community may help alleviate poverty and improve overall health. A strong social network can become a lifeline to the kind of support and financial resources that make a difference during times of need. Through Connect2Affect, AARP Foundation calls attention to the issue and helps people build the social connections they need to thrive. Connect2affect.org provides visitors with tips on staying connected to their communities and helpful resources. In addition, through its grants program, AARP Foundation sponsors new research by national and local partners to explore how health systems, nonprofits, and community organizations can connect older adults to services that address their needs. httpsconnect2affectorgExperience Corps:AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a community-based volunteer program that engages highly trained adults over 50 as tutors and mentors to help K-3 students become better readers by the end of third grade. It is a proven "triple win," helping students succeed, older adults thrive, and communities grow stronger. Experience Corps puts a special emphasis on serving diverse populations in underserved communities, while almost 70% of its volunteers come from a broad variety of non-teaching professions. httpswwwaarporgexperiencecorps
Legal Advocacy:AARP Foundation conducts legal advocacy through its litigating arm, AARP Foundation Litigation - a public interest law firm at the intersection of aging and social justice. AARP Foundation Litigation's primary mission is to ensure that older adults have a voice and proper representation in the legal system.AARP Foundation attorneys advocate for systemic change in federal and state courts nationwide to advance the legal rights and interests of people 50 and older, particularly those who are vulnerable and have low income.The Litigation team files and supports lawsuits that will have a significant impact on senior poverty by reducing barriers to employment, including self-employment; increasing access to public and private benefits; protecting consumers by stopping unlawful business practices and securing refunds for those who have lost money; lowering out-of-pocket costs for key expenses, such as housing, food and health care; and promoting more racially and otherwise equitable outcomes across these areas. www.aarpfoundation.org/litigation
Contributions and Other Programs:AARP Foundation sponsors organizations, events, and virtual conferences that highlight tangible ways to increase income and equitable outcomes for older adults living with low income. The Foundation also supported relief for older victims of Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian.AARP Foundation has also awarded grants to AARP in the amount of $4,248,912 to further the Foundation's charitable mission of helping older adults with low income secure the essentials through programs that focus on caregiving, nursing, safe driving, and asset protection to safeguard income.

Grants made by AARP Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
AarpCharitable Work Conducted on Behalf of Aarp Foundation$4,248,912
Older Adults Technology ServicesGrant To Support Aarp Foundation's Digital Skills Ready @ 50+ Workforce Program$1,800,000
Benefits in ActionGrant To Support Aarp Foundation's Benefits Program$638,973
...and 103 more grants made totalling $17,253,748

Who funds AARP Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
National Caucus and Center on Black AgingSep Mi and Mo$10,767,425
Tides FoundationHealthy Individuals and Communities$6,000,000
Tides FoundationHealthy Individuals and Communities$6,000,000
...and 127 more grants received totalling $38,203,987

Personnel at AARP Foundation

Patricia ShannonChief Financial Officer$450,062
David WhiteheadChief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Development / Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer$380,743
Demerios AntzoulatosVice President - Finance , Grants , and Operations$291,067
Patrick LandersVice President - Strategy and Innovation$276,198
Stephen VenuteVice President - Corporate and Foundation Relations$282,960
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for AARP Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$169,881,942
Program services$822,571
Investment income and dividends$11,887,242
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$14,556,260
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$6,068,951
Total revenues$203,216,966

Form 990s for AARP Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-03990View PDF
2021-122022-11-09990View PDF
2020-122021-11-10990View PDF
2019-122021-02-26990View PDF
2018-122020-02-18990View PDF
...and 11 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $6,000,000 from Tides Foundation
February 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 20 new grant, including a grant for $10,767,425 from National Caucus and Center on Black Aging
January 20, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 20, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
December 30, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsHuman service organizationsSenior centersCharities
Human services
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General information
601 E St NW Tax Dept
Washington, DC 20049
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(800) 775-6776
Facebook page
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
P81: Senior Centers and Services
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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