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Founded: 1958

Sector: Advocacy

Headquarters: D.C.

Local Employees: 1,424

Total employees: 2,306

Locations in D.C. area: 1

This powerful advocacy and lobbying organization represents the interests of the nation's elderly and aging population, but its mission is much broader than that. Life at AARP is built around the organization's purpose of "empowering people to choose how they live as they age," as one manager put it. A decade ago, it officially changed its name from the American Association of Retired Persons to simply AARP because surveys showed that about half of its members were still working. It is one of a diminishing pool of organizations in the United States that still offers pensions to new employees, something that is meant to underscore its commitment to offering solid retirement benefits. Employees seem to be motivated first and foremost by the benefits AARP provides to its members. "Every time I help a person reach their potential or find a living wage job with benefits I feel we have done our job," one employee wrote in a survey.