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Board Application Process

AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. The Foundation helps struggling seniors by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today.  AARP Foundation focuses on: hunger, housing, income and personal connection.  Our legal advocacy team, AARP Foundation Litigation, advocates on behalf of older Americans, protecting their legal rights in critical retirement, health, long-term care and consumer issues. The Foundation envisions: ‘a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.’ The Mission of the AARP Foundation is to serve vulnerable people 50+ by creating and advancing effective solutions that help them secure the essentials.  Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP.  Learn more about AARP Foundation.

The AARP Foundation is seeking applicants to fill positions on the AARP Foundation Board of Directors, Class of 2018 (initial term of service: 2016 - 2018).  Qualified applicants should be creative, understand complexity, be open to new and challenging concepts, view change as necessary and positive, and have the ability and time to serve the AARP Foundation.  Additionally, the AARP Foundation desires individuals who reflect diversity including, but not limited to, age (to include younger/working members), gender, sexual orientation, geography, economic status, disability and ethnicity.

The following general qualifications are essential to be a member of AARP Foundation’s Board of Directors.  The current needs are listed in order of priority:

Governance Skills and Abilities. Experience in governing and policy development, which includes providing strategic direction, monitoring organizational effectiveness, overseeing financial and budgetary issues, and determining critical programmatic policies and directions.

Capacity & Propensity to Give.  Ability and willingness to contribute financially that reflects your capacity and personal commitment to give, and to provide personal contacts and influence to help the Foundation achieve its mission and goals.  

Strategic Communication. Experience in the new media and technology space with an understanding of its transformative power and how it may be adapted to AARP Foundation fulfilling its goals.

Leadership. Demonstrate leadership experience as a member of one or more relevant non-profit or for-profit governing Boards with similar goals, or comparable leadership experience.

Knowledge and Experience. Prospective directors may be generalists who have a blend of knowledge, skills and relevant experiences in such areas as development, business and finance, marketing, public relations, branding, social media.  Applicants with knowledge and/or experience in AARP Foundation Issue Areas (Hunger, Income, Housing, Isolation), aging and employment will have an additional significant impact.

Dedication to AARP Foundation’s Goals. Demonstrate genuine interest and/or experience in the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of the AARP Foundation.  The AARP Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion in all our policies, plans, programs, services, relationships, operations and board membership.  

Represent AARP Foundation to the Public.  Act as a spokesperson to public, AARP membership, volunteers, press, the philanthropic community, and other groups in articulating AARP Foundation’s mission, goals and activities.