There are many ways to provide financial assistance to senior religious and their communities.
Give at your parish
Please give during the annual collection at your local Catholic parish. For 2018, the national collection dates are December 8-9, although some (arch)dioceses choose to hold the collection on different dates. If you donate by check, please write RFR on the memo line.
Retirement Fund for Religious
National Religious Retirement Office
P.O. Box 96988
Washington DC 20090-6988
At present, the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) does not accept online donations, but you can make a secure, electronic contribution at the Diocese of Buffalo’s Share in the Care site. All donations made through the Diocese of Buffalo are forwarded to the National Religious Retirement Office.
Matching Gifts and United Way
Your employer may have a Matching Gift Program for the RFR appeal. Be sure to ask for a matching gift form to send in with your donation. If your company is not already enrolled, ask how this program can be established in your workplace. If you work for a company that participates in the United Way, ask your coordinator about designating the Retirement Fund for Religious to receive your donation.
The most efficient method for donors and their stockbrokers to transfer gifts is by direct transfer of the stock to the trust account of Retirement Fund for Religious, which is held at State Street Bank and Trust. State Street is a member of a national clearinghouse (DTC), which allows for direct transfer of stock between brokers.
You must advise State Street Bank, in advance, that a transfer is being made so that authorizations will be in place for its acceptance. Please contact Mr. Thomas Nixon at State Street Bank by phone at 617-537-4544, or by fax at 617-786-2196, or by email at TCNixon@statestreet.com. (Please copy Monica Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org on any communication with State Street Bank. Monica can also be reached at 202-541-3216 if you have questions.)
DTC Account Name: State Street Bank and Trust
DTC Participant Number: 0997
DTC Agent Number: 26022
Reference: Retirement Fund for Religious
Reference: For the benefit of USCCB/Retirement Fund for Religious Account #02DB
To make the National Religious Retirement Office or Retirement Fund for Religious collection a beneficiary in your will, in estate planning or to make a restricted gift, please use the following language set forth:
“To the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C., (EIN 53-0196617) for the exclusive purpose of assisting Roman Catholic religious orders in the United States to provide for the retirement needs of their elderly members.”
(The term “religious orders” includes religious orders, congregations, institutes, etc. of both women and men.)