The Retirement Fund for Religious helps religious communities care for senior members—today and tomorrow.
Lack of Funds
Many elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. At the same time, fewer religious are able to serve in compensated ministry.
Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding eldercare.
By 2026, it is projected that religious past age 70 will outnumber those under age 70 by nearly four to one.
millionhas been distributed since 1989.
401religious communities received funding in 2016.
32,815religious past age 70 benefit from the RFR.
80 to 90 percent of donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious are allocated to assist with the direct care of senior religious. Learn More.
Volunteer consultants provide hands-on support for retirement planning and maximize the impact of donations. Learn More.
Proceeds from the Retirement Fund for Religious underwrite educational programs and resources that promote comprehensive retirement planning and enhanced quality of life for aging members. Learn More.
“What I know about religion comes primarily from my parents and the parish priest,” says Sister Rita Polchin, 87, a member of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville, Pennsylvania.Read more
Recently, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $25 million in financial assistance to 401 religious communities to aid in the care of senior members.Read more