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AARP Foundation

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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. 

That's why innovation lies at the heart of what we do. For AARP Foundation, "innovation" isn't a buzzword; it's woven into every strand of our DNA.

Pathways to Innovation

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

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.

Human-Centered Design

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

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.

Grantmaking for Impact

In additon to developing our own solutions, AARP Foundaiton'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.