Your Financial Future:
The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) is dedicated to the education and advocacy that will improve the long-term financial quality of life for women. As the only organization to focus exclusively on the unique financial challenges that women face, WISER supports women’s opportunities to secure adequate retirement income through research, workshops and partnerships.
WISER is a nonprofit organization that works to help women, educators and policymakers understand the important issues surrounding women’s retirement income. WISER creates a variety of consumer publications including fact sheets, booklets and a quarterly newsletter that explain in easy-to-understand language the complex issues surrounding Social Security, divorce, pay equity, pensions, savings and investments, banking, home-ownership, long-term care and disability insurance. As part of our national education campaign, Your Future Paycheck®: What Women Need To Know, WISER has been able to reach thousands of women through workshops held across the nation. WISER has also been the driving force behind a series of state and local events aimed at leveling the playing field for women on long-term financial security.
WISER was founded in 1996 with a grant from the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Since then, it has received financial support from numerous individual donors and a host of charitable foundations. WISER was also awarded a highly competitive grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging to develop the National Education and Resource Center or Women and Retirement Planning.
Money magazine recently honored Cindy Hounsell in its article Heroes, which the magazine describes as “a yearlong celebration of 40 people who have made extraordinary efforts to improve others’ financial well-being.” WISER’s website was also named by ForbesWoman as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women 2012. Click here to read more.
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