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Innovation at AARP Foundation

The Engine That Powers Our Work

A problem as big as senior poverty can't be solved with a "business as usual" approach. It requires bold, sustainable solutions -- a whole new way of thinking and responding to this growing national crisis. 

From Ideas to Implementation

In 2019, AARP Foundation is launching new tools designed to equip low-income older adults with skills and resources to increase financial stabiliy and connection to their communities.

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is a comprehensive solution that enables low-income older adults to age in place by providing access to property tax refund and credit programs.
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Connect2Affect Connected Communities

Connect2Affect Connected Communities

Connected Communities is a voice-activated assistant and community management platform that empowers resident services coordinators to help residents be happier, healthier, and more connected. Learn more

Pathways to Innovation

We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our passion for solving complex problems - and we believe that good ideas can come from anywhere.

Innovation at AARP Foundation

Trying the Unexpected

Innovation requires taking risks. We embrace a lean startup mentality that works to identify new methods and improve in existing ones in order to meet the needs of older adults.

Innovation at AARP Foundation

Human-Centered Design

Our approach to innovation uses empathy and experimentation to understand people's needs, uncover creative insights, and find new solutions to complex issues.

Innovation at AARP Foundation

An Evidence-Based Process

We apply a rigorous, evidence-based process to test new models and build on existing solutions. We analyze data to learn what works, and what has the most impact.

Innovation at AARP Foundation

Grantmaking for Impact

In additon to developing our own solutions, AARP Foundation's grantmaking supports evidence-based interventions that make a direct impact on low-income seniors.

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

Eighty-one cents of every dollar we spend goes toward programs and services that help low-income older adults. We have met every one of the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.