Ranked Nonprofits: National Aging 2011

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"In fewer than 25 years, one in five people will be 65 years or older in the U.S." - American Psychological Association
"In fewer than 25 years, one in five people will be 65 years or older in the U.S." - American Psychological Association

The Cause: We are facing a rapidly aging population in the U.S., however, very few foundations fund in the space of aging and not a lot of individual philanthropic dollars go to this field. Many experts I spoke with expressed concern that this country will not be able to meet the demands of the unbelievably high aging population if more money and resources aren’t devoted to this sector.

The Scope: Experts working in the field of aging were asked to recommend nonprofits that work in one or more of the following areas: 1) health care, care-giving, and long-term support; 2) housing; 3) economic security; and 4) other services, which includes nonprofits that work in the areas of transportation, civic engagement, socialization and prevention of elderly abuse. Types of nonprofits could include direct-service providers, coalitions, advocacy organizations, associations, or research organizations. Read more about the scope of the research here: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/?p=1203.


88 National Aging experts recommended the following 13 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2011 Alzheimer's Association
To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
2 Medal-small-2011 National Council on the Aging (NCOA)
NCOA's mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
3 Medal-small-2011 American Society on Aging (ASA)
The American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.
4 Medal-small-2011 AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.
5 Medal-small-2011 The Gerontological Society of America
The Mission of The Gerontological Society of America is to promote the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of gerontological research and by increasing its funding resources; to disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, to practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers; and to promote, support, and advocate for aging education, and education and training in higher education.
6 Medal-small-2011 The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
7 Medal-small-2011 Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers. Their pioneering programs support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic , disabling health conditions.
8 Medal-small-2011 National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
The National Senior Citizens Law Center mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults.
9 Medal-small-2011 National Committee For the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)
The mission of NCPEA is to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons and adults with disabilities through research, advocacy, public and professional awareness, interdisciplinary exchange, and coalition building.
10 Medal-small-2011 LeadingAge
LeadingAge is an association of 5,600 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. We advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.
11 Medal-small-2011 Civic Ventures
Civic Ventures is a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances and the power of people’s life stories, Civic Ventures demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems – from education to the environment, health care to homelessness.
12 Medal-small-2011 National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
The mission of National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is to strengthen the capacity of Adult Protective Services (APS), at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible.
13 Medal-small-2011 Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally and in its home community of Washington, DC to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women, and girls. WOW has a distinctive history in changing the landscape of women and work.


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