Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'


Be part of the solution.

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

Charity Rating

AARP Foundation earns high rating for accountability from a leading charity evaluator. Read



Every year AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling Americans 50+ win back opportunity. We could do nothing, however, without the individuals and institutions that so generously shared their resources with us.


Connect with the



Toll-free Nationwide:




Toll-free TTY:



AARP Foundation Tax ID


AARP Foundation

Board of Directors

The 10-member volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP Foundation.


Neal Cutler, Ph.D., of Woodland Hills, Calif., was appointed to the AARP Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. He is currently Executive Director of the Center on Aging of the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), Dean of the American Institute of Financial Gerontology (AIFG), and an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC and a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the Employee Benefit Research Institute. 


Ronald E. Daly Sr., is a retired business executive from Olympia Fields, Ill. He serves on the Member and Social Impact Committee and on the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. He spent 38 years at the R.R. Donnelley Company, beginning as a teenaged factory worker and advancing to become president of its largest unit. When he retired, he became president and CEO of Océ-USA Holding, a subsidiary of Océ N.V. He serves on the Loyola University of Chicago board of trustees and the boards of U.S. Cellular, SuperValu and Metropolis Strategies.


Allen Douma, M.D., is a physician and business professional from Ashland, Ore. He serves on the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. He previously provided leadership as a member of the AARP Oregon Executive Council. He is chief executive officer of Empower LLC. He also serves on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors. He previously served as the Medicaid Director for the state of Oregon, chief executive officer of Health ResponseAbility Systems and medical director for the Hartford and Travelers insurance companies. He is a board member of the Jefferson Regional Health Alliance and Pacific Care Low Income Housing.


Kathleen Edmond, J.D., of Edina, Minn., was appointed to the AARP Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. She is currently Chief Ethics Officer at Best Buy. She established Best Buy’s Ethics Office to support its global operations. Ms. Edmond is a member of the Conference Board Global Council of Business Conduct and is a founding member of Best Buy’s Corporate Responsibility Governance Committee and Enterprise Risk Management Council.


Jaime P. Gutíerrez, vice president for external relations at the University of Arizona, joined the Foundation’s board in 2012. He served on the Arizona State Retirement System board of trustees for six years and, before that, was an Arizona state senator for 14 years, where he chaired the Appropriations, Ethics and Joint Legislative Budget Committees. Named one of the top 10 Arizona state legislators by his peers, he recently received the Victoria Foundation Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education.


Harry E. Johnson Sr. joined AARP Foundation’s board in 2012. President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation since 2002, he raised $120 million for the National Memorial on the Mall honoring Dr. King’s life and legacy. Mr. Johnson received the Trumpet Foundation President’s Award in 2011, chaired the Houston African American Museum board from 2006-2009 and was named one of the 100 most influential black Americans by Ebony magazine for four years in a row.


Doris W. Koo joined AARP Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2012. She was president and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., one of the country’s largest private investors in green affordable housing, until 2010. Previously, she was development director and deputy executive director of the Seattle Housing Authority. She began as a community organizer, leading Asian Americans for Equality from a community-based civil rights organization into one of New York City’s largest low-income housing owner/developers. 


J. David Nelson, MBA, is a business leader from Old Greenwich, Conn. He serves on the Governance Committee and is chair of the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. After a 33-year career at IBM, he pursued an encore career as chief operating officer of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. For his work with NFTE, he was named a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. He is vice chair of the board of VaporStream, a Chicago-based software firm, and serves on the boards of CenterLight Healthcare and the Literacy Assistance Center, both in New York City.


Barbara O'Connor, Ph.D., is a communications professor from Sacramento, Calif. She is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. She is an emeritus professor of communications and emeritus director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, and director and secretary of the California Emerging Technology Fund. Previously, she was assistant director of debate at the University of Southern California and a summer debate instructor at Georgetown University. She has served as chair and founding board member of the Alliance for Public Technology, chair of the California Public Broadcasting Commission and was a founder of the Capital Public Radio network.


Sandra Ulsh, MBA, of Novi, Mich., was appointed to the AARP Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. She is currently President of Ulsh & Associates consulting for both not-for-profit and for-profit companies. Previously, Ms. Ulsh served as Director of Public Policy and Interim Executive Director of the Responsible Information Management Council for the Ponemon Institute.


Programs & Services

Couple standing outside home, Create the Good

Housing Solutions Center

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

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

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

grandmother with her two grandaughters

AARP Benefits QuickLink

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

Drive to End Hunger car

AARP Drive to End Hunger

Feeding people today, preventing hunger in the future. Join the fight to end hunger. Do