The Korean Association of Retired Persons, also known as KARP, is an international, not-for-profit and non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. It is dedicated to serving the interests and the needs of Koreans ages 50+. The primary objective of KARP is to assist and to advocate Koreans and Korean-Americans in adapting their lifestyles as they age.
Since its inception in 1996 in New York, KARP has been active in providing tangible services not only to its members, but also to the communities as a whole. As a result, KARP has realized a significant growth from its original 20 charter members to its current base of approximately 100,000. This continually expanding membership base represents a strong position within the ageing society in Korea.