Heinz Family Philanthropies

WISER was founded in 1996 through a grant the Heinz Family Philanthropies to provide low and moderate income women (aged 18 to 65) with basic financial information aimed at helping them take financial control over their lives. With offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., the Heinz Family Philanthropies are creating positive change across the philanthropic spectrum with particular interest in health care, women and health, and the environment.

Jeffrey R. Lewis, former President of Heinz Family Philanthropies and currently Cheif Operating Officer at EHIM, Inc. has served as the Chairman of the WISER board since its inception. “Over the years we have found that most people--and most women—simply don't have enough information about how to build a secure retirement,” says Mr. Lewis, “It doesn't have to be this way. While there are no quick fixes, or simple solutions, the road to financial security begins with the understanding of why and how you need to save for your retirement.”

Heinz Family Philanthropies and WISER Publications

Heinz Family Philanthropies and WISER have collaborated on several projects. In 1998, Cindy Hounsell, President of WISER, and Jeffrey R. Lewis co-authored  What Women Need to Know About Retirement, a booklet that was included in the April 1998 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. This booklet, now titled A Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement, has been revised and updated, and continues to be one of WISER’s most popular publications.


WISER and Heinz Family Philanthropies jointly edited the 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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