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National Council on Aging (NCOA)

CharityWatch report issued
June 2022

Top-Rated Charity
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Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
251 18th Street South
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2021

Program Percentage: 93%

The percentage of National Council on Aging (NCOA)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $18

How many dollars National Council on Aging (NCOA) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

50% to 100%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Council on Aging IRS Form 990 13-1932384
National Council on Aging Audited Financial Statements 13-1932384
Entity: National Council on Aging
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1932384
Entity: National Council on Aging
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1932384

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
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National Council on Aging (NCOA)
meets governance benchmarks.
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Howard Bedlin VP $323,643
2 Kenneth Bracht Past VP/Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer $312,396
3 Saeed Abu Elnaj Past VP/Chief Information Officer $291,505
Name: Howard Bedlin
Title: VP
Compensation: $323,643
Name: Kenneth Bracht
Title: Past VP/Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer
Compensation: $312,396
Name: Saeed Abu Elnaj
Title: Past VP/Chief Information Officer
Compensation: $291,505

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 10, Subsequent Events, Major gift):

"Subsequent to the fiscal year-end (in the Fall of 2021) the Organization received a very significant donation (between $5 and $10 million), that came without donor restrictions and can be used for general mission purposes. Governance and management is in the process of determining any specific uses for the funding, but this large donation assures the Organization of ample operating reserves for our continuing operations."

[See the Related External Articles in the Articles & Alerts section, below, for a link to more information about the $8 million gift NCOA received from MacKenzie Scott.]

According to the National Council on Aging audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 9, Contingencies):

"Subsequent to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 in the United States, there has been substantial volatility in financial markets and the economy. Actions taken around the world to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus include restrictions on travel, quarantines in certain areas and forced closures for certain types of public places and businesses. The coronavirus and actions taken to mitigate it have had and are expected to continue to have an adverse impact on the economies and financial markets. Management is continually monitoring the potential impact of the pandemic on the Organization."

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, NCOA reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, line 4a):

"Dianna Campbell received a severance payment in the amount of $61,628. This amount is included in Schedule J, Part II, column B(iii) ['Other reportable compensation']."

[Dianna Campbell is reported as "Vice President til 11/2020," with total compensation of $274,967 in calendar year 2020 (Schedule J, Part II).]

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, line 7):

"Bonus payments were based on meeting individual and organization goals."

The National Council on Aging reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to seven individuals in calendar year 2020, including $60,458 paid to Howard Bedlin, Vice President, whose reported total compensation is $323,643. Five other individuals received "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments that ranged from $20,000 to $18,811, and one individual received $3,927. The reported total compensation in 2020 for these six individuals ranged from $312,396 to $238,253 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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