YWCA Retirement Fund (YWCARF) is one of the oldest pension plans in the country. Not only was it the first pension plan for women, but it also predates Social Security. Our sole purpose is to provide retirement benefits for employees of YWCA associations in the United States.
The Fund was incorporated in New York State in 1924, and began operation in September of 1925 with initial funding provided by a $1.8 million donation from the Rockefeller family. Today we serve more than 10,000 past and current YWCA employees from almost 200 associations, supporting the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.