The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, is the nation’s leading group for adults fifty and older, offering member benefits, marketing services, and campaigning on their behalf. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) was founded in 1958 by retired schoolteacher Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organisation with over 38 million members.
HOW IT WORKS AARP?
Through a nationwide network of local chapters and seasoned volunteers, AARP delivers information, education, research, advocacy, and community services. It engages in legislative, judicial, and consumer advocacy in the areas of consumer issues, economic security, work, health, and independent living.
AARP is a powerful lobbying organisation as well as a profitable corporation that sells life and health insurance, investment goods, and other financial and non-financial services. It also publishes Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly AARP Bulletin as an independent publisher. In 2019, AARP earned $1.70 billion in revenue from a variety of sources, including advertising money from its publications and royalties from the licencing of its name and emblem 1.
Membership fees, on the other hand, are the most important source of revenue. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has designated it as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organisation, allowing it to lobby. It also manages some 501(c)(3) public charity operations, as well as some for-profit operations.
There are several AARP-affiliated organizations, and they include the following:
- AARP Foundation
- AARP Services
- Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- AARP Financial Services
- AARP Insurance Plan
- AARP also has a number of other activities, such as promoting driving safety (AARP Driver Safety), producing television programmes for seniors, and sponsoring social causes like increasing awareness of and combating hunger in America.
Housing difficulties and social isolation among seniors are addressed by AARP outreach programmes. AARP has also created and administered programmes that lobby for Social Security and Medicare reform.
AARP has been criticised.
AARP is one of the most powerful lobbying organisations in the United States, and it is frequently recognised for its efforts in Washington, D.C., and state legislatures. Its non-profit businesses also get millions of dollars in federal funds each year. Some claim that its policies lean toward the liberal end of the political spectrum.