Educational Institutions

Elderhostel DBA Road Scholar

  • Boston, MA

Mission Statement

Not-for-profit Road Scholar inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Travel Programs
Service Areas



Road Scholar offers 5,500 programs in all 50 states and more than 150 countries around the world.

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President and CEO


Mr. James Moses



Road Scholar, Lifelong Learning, Education, Travel, Retirement, Elderhostel, Older Adults, Outdoor Adventure, Fine Arts, Service Learning, Intergenerational

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Also Known As

Road Scholar






Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


Self-reported by organization

Road Scholars' not-for-profit mission to empower older adults through learning is as vital as ever. America's population is growing older as the first waves of the Baby Boom generation turn 65. And Road Scholar is excited to serve this new community of lifelong learners, inspired by the belief that our older years are the perfect time to pursue our dreams of learning about the world around us —learning for learning's sake alone.   Road Scholar offers 5,500 educational programs in all 50 states and 150 countries each year. More than 5 million participants have experienced a program since our founding in 1975.


Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Educational Travel Programs

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Population(s) Served


Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Male Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens



Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to share the joys of educational, social travel with all older adults who are seeking meaningful group learning experiences. As an outcome, we seek to increase the number of participants reporting one or more life benefits from their experience. In 2015, we had 100,000 enrollments. More than 90% of participants reported that they learned something new. 43% or participants also were revitalized by their participation. And over 25% of participants stated that their perspective on the world changed and/or they stepped outside their comfort zone.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We will attract Baby Boomers to our community of lifelong learning while improving accessibility and program offerings for all older generations. We will develop new programs designed to meet the evolving needs and interests of Baby Boomers. We will celebrate age diversity among all participants. We will engage our participants and deepen their sense of belonging to and idenitity as members of our community of lifelong learners
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    This year, we will work with our extensive program provider network to test innovative program concepts. We will also work with our deidcated Volunteer Ambassadors to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. With more than 150 active Ambassadors currently delivering presentations across the country, these enthusiastic participants volunteer their time to promote Road Scholar's enriching travel adventures and the value of lifelong learning in their local communities and beyond. Since the inception of the Ambassador program, volunteers have delivered more than 5,000 presentations and introduced more than 125,000 individuals to Road Scholar's unique brand of educational travel.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Program success is monitored by an evaluation survey that is sent to every participant of a Road Scholar program. Surveys measure more than a dozen aspects of the the program experience from the pre-enrollment communications to the qualtiy of the education; the balance of lectures; the level of physical activity; etc. as well as the impact of the program on the participant's life. Survey results are used to make immediate improvements to programs; direct long term program development; and set organizational goals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In 2015, surveys of program participants showed: 90% of participants learned something new; 85% met interesting fellow participants; 45% were revitalized by their program experience; 25% stepped outside their comfort zone; 20% changed their perspective on the world; and 15% fulfilled a lifelong dream.
Service Areas



Road Scholar offers 5,500 programs in all 50 states and more than 150 countries around the world.

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Funding Needs

Like many not-for-profit organizations, we rely on our friends for support in order to fulfill our mission of providing educational programs where learning, personal connections and life-changing moments happen.Making adventures in lifelong learning possible for so many participants in so many places isn’t easy. We all take pride in Elderhostel’s lean, efficient operation, but we depend on contributions to help close the gap between the cost of our programs and the tuition we charge. Elderhostel needs the support of donors in order to: •    Develop an amazing range of educational programs so that there is something for everyone.•    Promote camaraderie and group learning, which are especially important as we age.•    Enable our participants to have an impact in their communities.

Affiliations + Memberships

Direct Marketing Association



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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Elderhostel DBA Road Scholar



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President and CEO

Mr. James Moses


James Moses joined Road Scholar in 1979 and was named Registrar later that year. He was named the first Director of International Programs at Road Scholar in 1985, was promoted to Vice President of International Programs in 1996, and assumed responsibility for all Road Scholar programs worldwide in 1998 when he became Vice President of Programs. In 2000, he was named Senior Vice President responsible for Marketing, Program Development, Registration and Program Operations. In October 2001, he became Chief Operating Officer and Acting President and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2002.


"I have devoted my professional life to Road Scholar and it continues to be a privilege to be involved with the extraordinary people for whom Road Scholar is an important part of life. We work harder than ever to offer enriching educational opportunities, to stimulate learning and to enhance the perception of older adults as vital members of society who have much to offer. As I look forward, I can't help but look back to the core values that have guided Road Scholar programming through the years. Those core values are even more important today: exceptional learning experiences, good value, and extraordinary participants. Our participants' warmth and wealth of knowledge combine to make for an unmatched time for growth and friendship -- the best of what education should be."



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