About the ElderWisdomCircle™

FREE Advice: Our Elders provide a personal reply to each and every request, and our service is confidential and free. To seek advice, click [ here ].





Board of Directors

Financial Data

Volunteer Opportunities



The ElderWisdomCircleTM is an online inter-generational program pairing advice seekers with a network of seniors (“Elders”) who provide empathetic, caring, and supportive advice based on their own life experiences.

Elders answer advice letters via the Internet, offering readers of younger generations free, personalized advice on a wide range of topics—love and relationships, family and child-rearing, career and self-improvement, and more.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the ElderWisdomCircle™ has more than 600 Elders (aged 60 to 105) across North America. The EWC program and our Elders have been featured on ABC, BBC, CBS, FOX, NPR and in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the LA Times, Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Glamour and USA Today.

The ElderWisdomCircle™ is an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit member association and we are completely volunteer run. Your financial support is needed and appreciated. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via our [ Donate ] page.

Watch our video [ here ].


•    Provide an opportunity for seniors to utilize their life experience and wisdom to help others.

•    Offer thoughtful and helpful advice to younger generations.

•    Elevate the value and worth of our senior community.


Founded in 2001, the ElderWisdomCircle™ was created so that seniors could share their hard-earned knowledge and wisdom with the world. Since its inception, the ElderWisdomCircle™ has continued to gain in popularity and is now one of the most popular advice services on the Internet, with hundreds of thousands of readers.

To date we have responded to more than 300,000 requests for advice.

Board of Directors                                                                                       

Douglas Meckelson, Founder and President

Greta Boesel, Vice President

Ajay Ravindranathan, Secretary

Dean Lipsitz, Treasurer

Judith Lothrop

Pamela Stavenger

Suzanne Stroh


Financial Data                                                                                             

Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN): 20-0609575

Incorporation: 2003, State of California

501(c)(3) Designation: 2004

IRS Form 990 [ FY 2016–2017]

Volunteer Opportunities                                                                             

If you are over 60 and wish to offer advice, please visit our [ Offer Advice ] page.

If you are under 60 and would like to offer your talents to the EWC in another capacity, please visit our page on [ Volunteer Match ].


“ It is heartening to know that when young people seek sage advice these days, many are turning to the ElderWisdomCircle. I continue to be impressed by the candor and insight of these Elders.

- Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

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