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Help AARP Foundation win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50 and over.

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Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity. We couldn't do it without the generous support of individuals and institutions.

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Mission Statement: AARP Foundation serves vulnerable people 50+ by creating and advancing effective solutions that help them secure the essentials.


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Uncertainty is the new normal. Americans age 50 and over face choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group — choices no one could have prepared for.


Older workers suffer the largest increase in long-term unemployment, the longest spells of joblessness and the least likelihood of finding jobs. Many are living paycheck to paycheck, and one in four workers has burned through his or her savings. Having worked hard, paid taxes and served their country and communities, they find themselves in circumstances far beyond what they could have prepared for. Many of them are one step short of economic catastrophe.

Those who are 50 and over and struggling need a voice and an advocate now more than ever. AARP Foundation — a charitable affiliate of AARP — serves that purpose. Building on AARP's reputation and expertise, AARP Foundation has the ability to support and work with local organizations and programs nationwide to coordinate, fill in the gaps and help effective initiatives grow. This multiplier effect ensures we don't duplicate resources or reinvent the wheel.


By 2030, one in every five Americans will be age 65 or older. Let's not wait until poverty becomes a way of life they can never escape. Through the programs of AARP Foundation, we can give struggling Americans 50 and over a chance to recover their confidence, regain a foothold and stay on track. The more we do now, the less we'll have to do later.

What We Do

The Foundation helps struggling seniors by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today. We provide:


Direct Assistance
Working with local groups, government and national organizations, and corporations, the Foundation creates and supports solutions that help older people meet life's essentials: food, housing, income and personal connection.


Legal Advocacy
We stand up for mature individuals in the courts.  AARP Foundation Litigation advocates on behalf of older Americans, protecting their legal rights in critical retirement, health, long-term care and consumer issues.


Raising Awareness
We work to increase awareness among individuals and thought leaders about the critical issues low-income older Americans face today, including research into causes and longtime solutions for these problems.

Our Supporters

Nutritious and regular meals, new and marketable employment skills, a safe and affordable place to call home — these are three of the many ways donations to AARP Foundation help older Americans.  We could not do it without supporters who donate both time and money to further our work.  We are proud that 82 cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to our life-changing programs and services.


For more information about AARP Foundation corporate collaborations or individual donations, please call 1-800-775-6776.

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AARP Foundation helps struggling seniors by being a force for change on the issues of hunger, income, housing, and isolation. — Stockbyte/Getty Images

Who We Serve

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of older Americans who struggled to meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections. 

Programs & Services

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

This program offers free assistance with tax-return preparation. Go

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Housing Solutions Center

This program offers free HUD-certified counseling and assistance to 50-plus homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Go

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AARP Benefits QuickLink

See if you qualify for public assistance and you can save money on health care, medication, food, utilities, and more! Go

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We are partnering with workforce services providers to strengthen the bridge between 50+ job candidates and respected employers. Go