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National Council on Aging

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Civil Rights, Human Services, Seniors, Seniors Rights

Mission: NCOA's mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling

Results: Last year, NCOA significantly improved the health or economic security of nearly 500,000 older adults and helped struggling seniors apply for and receive over $568 million in annual benefits to help them pay for food, medicine, utilities, and more.

Target demographics: older adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 500,000 older adults

Geographic areas served: communities across the country

Programs: benefits access, job training, chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, and advocacy

Community Stories

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOCA has transformed our agency, as well as me personally. Several years ago NCOA approached our agency to take over one of their direct service contracts, and since then our partnership has deepened. NCOA has taught our direct service organization how to advocate on a local, state, and national level, which has greatly transformed our sphere of influence. On a personal level, I believe NCOA is leading the field of aging, by amassing such tremendous thinkers who will transform systems and change our world much for the better.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the CEO of an agency serving seniors, for many years I found NCOA to be a valuable resource, a supportive advocate, a center for education and training, and an important partner to organizations concerned with the welfare of the elderly. NCOA provides a link to new approaches to programs and services and, most importantly, offers community based organizations a voice in public policy discussion and advocacy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

During the nearly 33 years that I have been committed to the National Council on Aging, I have seen first-hand its transformation from a good organization to a great organization. I strongly echo the comments made by previous reviewers and would like to add yet another aspect of NCOA's far-reaching impact: it serves as the headquarters of the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). NISC is the only national organization that works to strengthen over 11,000 senior centers (serving over 1 million older adults daily) through national standards and accreditation, promising practices, research, advocacy, and professional development activities. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that "nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Let me assure you that the NCOA Board of Directors, senior management and staff, and volunteers are enthusiastic and passionate about NCOA. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our mission, our core values, our core competencies, our designated impact areas, and our strategic priorities. Thinking big and collaborating are parts of our culture. NCOA is an exceptional organization that is making a BIG difference in the world by improving the lives of millions of older adults and their families. That's why I invite everyone interested to visit the NCOA website, including the NISC pages, to find out more. As an annual financial contributor, current member and a past chair of the board of directors, and a past chairperson of the National Institute of Senior Centers, I wholeheartedly believe in the vital work of NCOA and am pleased to submit my testimonial in support of NCOA as a Great Nonprofit. Thank you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA is is an unusual non-profit rganization on the national scene. It is one of the few, perhaps only, national leadership organization that does the following things at the same time: generate policy oriented leadership focussed primarily on low and moderate income older people; develop service and support startegies that atually enhance access to support for older people and persons with disabliities in a way that assertively reaches out to partnering organizations touch people's lives directly; do this work in partenership with locally based organizations all around the country, which greatly enhances awareness and effectiveness becasue of their oal knowledge and visibility; learns from these local partners what services actually work and which don't, which also enriches NCOA's capacity to understand policy and its implications on "real people"; and it oursues this mission with passion and integrity that leads people to rely on NCOA as a trusted source of innovation and partnership at the national level. Finally, it does all of this not in service of a particualr group of providers or specific group of professionals. it does it becasue it needs to be done. i am proud to be associated with it.

Molly20

Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 60 years, NCOA has had a fire in its belly for its mission: “to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged." NCOA's longevity and effectiveness can be attributed to its particular strength in three areas: commitment to its mission, organizational DNA that’s wired for innovation, and ardent advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged elders.
* Mission: Struggling seniors are an all-too-often overlooked segment of American society. NCOA’s programs have a profound impact on this group by bringing jobs, benefits, food security, health self-management and more directly to the people. NCOA has not faltered in its focus; it is a mission-oriented nonprofit.
* Innovation: Not content to keep doing programs as they’ve always been done, NCOA’s genius lies in its commitment to innovation, to figuring out new and better ways to bring more jobs, more benefits, more self-management skills, more food security and a host of other much-needed services to the people who need them. Just one example among many is the online BenefitsCheckUp that helps connect low-income seniors with government benefits that they qualify for.
* Advocacy: NCOA is a tireless advocate for struggling older adults who live in hard economic times. To help the voiceless be heard, NCOA launched the brilliant videobased “One Away” campaign to bring attention to elders who live one misfortune away from calamity.
NCOA is a mission-oriented, results-driven organization making a big difference in the lives of older Americans. This country needs NCOA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I depend upon NCOA for policy papers that keep me informed on national aging issues, and they have provided evidence-based programming that improves the health and well-being of seniors in our senior center. The organization is innovative, promotes best practices in the field, and seeks partnerships as it "improves the lives of older Americans, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged".

Board Member

Rating: 5

NCOA stands distinct among national aging organizations by not only being mission driven but driven by a meaningful mission. NCOA is committed to those activities and programs which benefit older people in need by aggressively directing them to benefit programs to. which they are entitled. This is an overlooked need which NCOA has recognized as a social value proposition. This commitment has driven important and significant public and private funding to them. Those who invest in NCOA's work in this area see a unique return on investment in terms of deliverables which are measured in the ability of older people to live a better quality of life and those federal programs they become entitled to better fulfill their intent. I have a longstanding history with NCOA working in my different professional capacities but since moving into leadership first on a national advisory council and now on its Board have a closer perspective on their work which I am pleased to share.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 11 years working part-time with NCOA , as Director of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging, were very satisfying. NCOA provides an ideal setting for stafff being: 2) inspired by the philosophy, vision, and accomplishments of the organization as a whole, 2) revarded by satisfaction of accomplishments when we shared knowledge about spirituality and spiritual-well-being through national renowed speakers via annual Wingspread Programs and several nation-wide webinars--reaching from Alaska to the west and east coasts of the U.S, and 3) empowered to lead in a milieu of freedom for leadership in collaboration with faith-based community leaders throughout the U.S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NCOA is my first source to check on Medicare updates and issues. Their information is simple to understand and yet always sights the legal sources. As a SHIP support to a network of over 450 counselors, I can always trust this professional organization. I also look to them to stay on top of emerging issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NCOA offers a wealth of educational opportunities that demonstrate best practices in the area of active aging and elder economic security. This information is invaluable to me as a professional as well as a caregiver-in-training.

Kim_64

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was just wondering how to promote your organization over the many organiizations I receive aging information about. Then I see your request to vote for NCOA as a Great Nonprofit. As result, I wish to thank you for the work you do. I find it not only useful to people who work in the field of aging, but anyone needing information on issues surrounding our senior population.

Margie7

Client Served

Rating: 5

NCOA is the "go to" organization for all things related so seniors and health insurance for elders and the disabled. They are involved in food security, economic security, housing, wellness and a host of other issues, including health insurance and public benefits, that can be of assistance. Benefits CheckUp is a great resource.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCOA is a wonderful organization that as an RN and a Licnesed Nursing Home Administrator that does consulting with the elderly and disable individuals. Your newsletter is informative and I share it with many other healthcare professionals. I always learn some much from the newslettesr. I give you 5 STARS--that are earned easliy. Thank you! Su Modlin Johnson