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National Council on Aging

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

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
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 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 95%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $4

How many dollars National Council on Aging 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 & Affiliates Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: National Council on Aging
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1932384
Entity: National Council on Aging & Affiliates
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

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National Council on Aging
meets governance benchmarks.
National Council on Aging
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 James Firman President/CEO, NCOA $360,251
2 Jay Greenberg President/CEO, NCOA Services $359,384
3 Howard Bedlin VP $273,041
Name: James Firman
Title: President/CEO, NCOA
Compensation: $360,251
Name: Jay Greenberg
Title: President/CEO, NCOA Services
Compensation: $359,384
Name: Howard Bedlin
Title: VP
Compensation: $273,041

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) tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, NCOA reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

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."

NCOA reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to nine individuals in calendar year 2017. The three highest amounts reported are (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Naomi Hart, Senior Director$51,762, with reported total compensation of $270,692;

(2) Jay Greenberg, CEO & President, NCOA Services, LLC$46,200, with reported total compensation of $359,384; and

(3) Howard Bedlin, Vice President: $32,411, with reported total compensation of $273,041.

The other six reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments ranged from $17,674 to $2,058, with associated total compensation ranging from $360,251 to $183,768 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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