Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER)

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.


1146 19th Street, N.W.
Washington , DC 20036
Ph. (202) 393-5452
Fx. (202) 393-5890


Principal Staff

Cindy Hounsell, President

Lara Hinz, Program Manager

Vadaire James, Program Associate

Camille Koué, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

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The Center is a "one-stop" gateway for retirement planning. Since 1998, the Administration on Aging has awarded a competitive grant to the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) for the design, execution and maintenance of the National Education and Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning.

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.


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