Boomers Grow The AARP

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New York Times today looks at magazines run by non-profit organizations. One segment of the story really stood out.

AARP the Magazine bills itself as the “world’s largest circulation magazine,” and it is true by a wide margin because of the expanding base of boomer readers. Six times a year, the magazine is shipped to 22 million homes representing 37 million AARP members. They receive the magazine as part of their $12.50 annual membership, which also gets them a regular bulletin.
AARP, according to the financial statements of its parent organization, increased advertising revenue by 37 percent, to $106 million, in 2005, from $77.6 million in 2003. Just as important, the magazine plays a central role in promoting AARP and affiliated products like insurance, from which the organization makes $300 million a year in royalties. Then there is $84 million in federal and other grants, as well as $55 million in contributions.

That $545 million in “non-profit.”

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Disc golfer. Fan of Kurt Vonnegut, community radio and wolves in the wild. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.