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Justice in Aging

Fighting Senior Poverty Through Law

aka NSCLC   |   Washington, DC   |  www.justiceinaging.org

Mission

Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources. Since 1972 we've focused our efforts primarily on populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and people with limited English proficiency.

Notes from the nonprofit

We lead efforts to shine a light on senior poverty. In 2014, we have been able to convince the US Senate to have a hearing specifically on the topic. We continue to use blogs and social media to educate policymakers, advocates and others that the problem persists and needs solving.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Kevin Prindiville

Main address

1444 Eye Street NW Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Formerly known as

National Senior Citizens Law Center

EIN

95-3132674

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Health Care

We use our legal expertise on the health care programs low-income seniors rely on to train thousands of advocates a year, advocate for better policies at the local and national level, and file impact litigation to ensure programs are administered without discrimination and unnecessary barriers.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants

Justice in Aging uses our unique model of advocate education, federal and state advocacy, and impact litigation to preserve, strengthen, expand and improve income support programs such as Social Security and Supplemental Security Income.

Population(s) Served

Justice in Aging uses litigation to ensure that poor seniors have access to the courts to defend their rights.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Goal 1
Advancing equity by focusing on addressing systemic inequities faced by older adults who are people of color, women, LGBTQ, have disabilities, immigrants, and/or have limited English proficiency.

Goal 2
Expand our core areas of expertise to better address the needs of older adults by becoming a more comprehensive, multi-issue legal advocacy and support center.

Goal 3
Increase our national impact by expanding our engagement with state-based advocates and securing positive policy change on the federal and state level.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Through our trainings we lend our legal expertise on health care, economic security benefits, housing, and other public benefits to thousands of advocates, service providers, legal professionals, and others across the country so that they may better serve their older adult clients. In this way, we are furthering our mission to better the lives of low-income older adults by improving their access to justice. Through our advocacy programs we seek to change law and policies so that older adults from communities who have traditionally faced barriers (such as older adults who are people of color, women, LGBTQ, have disabilities, are immigrants, and/or are not English proficient) can access the services and supports they need to meet their basic needs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After hearing from partners through various coalitions, we learned about many problems their clients were having with the Social Security Administration reducing their clients' benefits unfairly. This was because SSA was counting federal and state COVID stimulus assistance as income, and therefore using it as a reason to reduce or even take away benefits entirely. So we decided to increase our trainings on this issue and offered strategies advocates could implement to fight for the rights of their clients. Because of the continued need for this kind of assistance we updated some of our older training materials on effective strategies to engage with agencies such as SSA. We believe this will not only help new attorneys, but also experienced attorneys looking for current information.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from the people we serve has improved our relationship with them. It has helped us to engage them as more active participants in our trainings and the systemic advocacy we take on to fix issues that arise out of those trainings. We recently established an Equity Advisory Committee that is giving input in how we structure our advocacy programs which will inform decisions we are making about strategic use of our organizational reserves.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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Justice in Aging

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Hannah Lieberman


Board co-chair

Jean Accius

AARP Public Policy Institute

Kevin Prindiville

Justice in Aging

Percil Stanford

Folding Voice LLC

Michael Kelly

Robert Johnson

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Barry Litt

Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt

Hannah Lieberman

David Fry

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Richard Alexander

Arnold & Porter

Yanira Cruz

National Hispanic Council on Aging

Russell Hirschhorn

Proskauer Rose

Jean Accius

AARP Public Policy Institute

Kate Villers

Community Catalyst

Ann Marie Marciarille

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Fernando Torres-Gil

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Mary Jane Ciccarello

Borchard Center

Diego Cartagena

Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Verna Eggleston

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Sam Ho

Gregory Jones

Polsinelli

Nina Kohn

Syracuse University, Yale Law School

Paul Nathanson

Joyce Walker

PK Management

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/01/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.