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For the past 60 years, AARP Foundation has been guided by founder Ethel Percy Andrus’ simple yet powerful idea that “it is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.”
AARP formed the foundation six decades ago to handle our philanthropic work with low-income Americans 50 and older in a more focused and flexible way. Over time, that principle has guided AARP Foundation as it has evolved to spark bold, innovative solutions that help vulnerable older adults build economic security and stay connected to their communities.
It runs long-standing programs such as AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and the jobs-generating Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) — both started in 1968 — as well as AARP Foundation Litigation, started in 1998 to represent the legal issues of older Americans in the court system. AARP Foundation’s disaster relief efforts aid victims of earthquakes, floods and other tragedies. And its Experience Corps brings together older adults to tutor children who aren’t reading at grade level.
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When I came to AARP to serve as president of AARP Foundation in 2010, we collaborated with NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports to launch the Drive to End Hunger campaign. We increased awareness that more than 10 million older adults were at risk of hunger every day. Through that program, AARP Foundation provided over 37 million meals and raised more than $11 million toward helping curtail food insecurity among low-income adults 50-plus.