Heinz Family Philanthropies

In 1996, WISER was founded through a grant from the Heinz Family Philanthropies to provide low and moderate income women with basic financial information aimed at helping them take financial control over their lives. Over the years, Heinz Family Philanthropies has engaged in positive change across the philanthropic spectrum with particular interest in health care, women and health, and the environment.  

Heinz Family Philanthropies and WISER Publications

Heinz Family Philanthropies and WISER have collaborated on several projects. This booklet,  A Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement, has been revised and updated over the years, and continues to be one of WISER’s most popular publications.  The booklet was first published in 1998 under the title, What Women Need to Know About Retirement. That booklet was included in the April 1998 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.


WISER and Heinz Family Philanthropies jointly edited the 2007 e-book, What Women Need to Know About Retirement, available for free download.




Press for WISER and Heinz Family Philanthropies:

"A Path to Poverty: Happy Mother's Day"
April 27, 2011

“Women (and Those Who Love Them): Be WISER About Retirement”
July 17, 2007

“Heard off the Street: Planning for retirement can be harder for women”
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
July 8, 2007

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