AARP is a 501c4 non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life for all as they age. The association advocates for social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy. With nearly 38 million members, AARP is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. C, according to the groups official history, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus founded AARP in 1958. After ten years, Andrus opened the organization to all Americans over 50, Today, the NRTA is a division within AARP. Dr. Andrus founded AARP while living in Ojai, California, Ojai served as national headquarters for AARP from 1958 until the mid-1960s. Critics of AARP offer a version of the groups origins. 60 Minutes reported in a 1978 exposé that AARP had been established as a device by Leonard Davis, founder of the Colonial Penn Group insurance companies. According to critics, until the 1980s AARP was controlled by Mr. Davis, possibly as a result of the 60 Minutes report, AARP conducted a lengthy competitive bidding process, and, in 1980, shifted the insurance contracts made available to members to Prudential Financial. S. The organization was named the American Association of Retired Persons. AARP no longer requires that members be retired, but they must be at least age 50, the organization says that it is non-partisan and does not support, oppose or give money to any candidates or political parties. AARPs total revenue for 2006 was approximately $1 billion and it spent $23 million on lobbying, middle-class security has been a major focus for the organization in recent years. AARP also provides extensive information, volunteer opportunities, and events including the annual National Event & Expo. USA Today called Life Reimagined the latest step for the AARP as it continues to rebrand itself, AARP Services, Inc. founded in 1999, is a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the wide range of products and services that are offered as benefits to AARPs members, the offers span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. AARP Services founded AARP Financial Incorporated, a subsidiary that manages AARP-endorsed financial products including AARP Funds, AARP Foundation is AARPs affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need, low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to re-join the workforce. Free tax preparation is provided for low- and moderate-income individuals, with attention to those 60. The Foundations litigation staff protects the rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, consumer
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AARP volunteers packing food for older Americans in need at packing event in Miami.