About AARP Corporate Structure
The corporate structure of AARP includes the non-profit organization, in addition to a for-profit subsidiary called AARP Services Incorporated. See how AARP puts its social mission far above income with information from the communications director of the North Carolina AARP in this free video on financial services.
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AARP the large non-profit organization has a for-profit subsidiary, AARP Services Incorporated which does do business with various companies that provide products and services that we feel would be of interest to our members. We receive some royalty and licensing income from that which then does go back into funding the social mission of the non-profit organization. So that's why AARP is a very definitely a non-profit organization but with a steam of funding that does come from our licensing of products and services. AARP has always put it's social mission far above any income to be derived from licensing of products and services. One of the reasons that we're in the marketplace is to make sure that people have access to things that will improve their quality of life. Sometimes just by virtue of our being in the marketplace it will help increase competition, it will cause other people to offer similar products and services. And our standpoint has always been look at our products and services, compare them to others, always do your homework before you settle on a particular product. If ours happens to be one that meets your needs and you feel there's good value for the money, which is often the case, then by all means we would love to have you patronize that product or service. You may decide that another one offered by a competitor is better suited to your needs and we still feel like we have met our mission by being part of the mix and being part of the marketplace for products and services that are valuable to our members.