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 2028, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earners by more than three to one.
millionhas been distributed since 1989.
360religious communities received funding in 2018.
31,023religious 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.
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Sister Charlene Herinckx, superior general of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, understands that each religious community’s retirement circumstances are unique. As a volunteer consultant for the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) Planning and Implementation Assistance program, she tries to help communities find strategies that are right for them.Read more