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The Retirement Research Foundation

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open


Incorporated in 1950 in MI.

Mr. MacArthur was an insurance and real estate magnate and one of the nation's wealthiest individuals. Upon his death in 1978, Mr. MacArthur left the bulk of his estate to charities through two nonprofit foundations. To The Retirement Research Foundation he left 234,134 shares of Citizens Bank and Trust Co. common stock and to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation he left stock in Bankers Life and Casualty The foundation is a signatory to Philanthropy's Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.


civil/human rights, geriatrics, gerontology, health care, mental health


Giving limited to FL, IL, IN, IA, KY, MO and WI for direct service requests. Giving on a national basis for research, advocacy, education, and training.

No support for governmental agencies except for area agencies on aging, state universities and the Veterans Administration.

Generally, no grants to individuals, construction, general operating expenses of established organizations, endowment or developmental campaigns, deficit financing, land acquisition, scholarships, media productions, conferences, dissertation research, annual campaigns or biomedical research.


Total giving: $5,265,985

Qualifying distributions: $6,757,283

Giving activities include:

$5,104,975 for 121 grants (high: $451,319; low: $1,000)

$161,010 for 99 employee matching gifts


  • $139,812 to Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, in 2012. For research on non-pharmacologic intervention, managed by family caregivers, to improve sleep in persons with dementia
  • $124,828 to Council on Aging of Martin County, Stuart, FL, in 2012. For geriatric health clinic co-located within senior center
  • $99,546 to American Geriatrics Society, New York, NY, in 2012. To disseminate up-to-date information about medications that are dangerous for older adults
  • $77,484 to Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, VA, in 2012. To assess and prepare Aging Network workforce in areas of cultural competence, person-centered care and participant direction
  • $75,000 to Pension Rights Center, Washington, DC, in 2012. To provide training and technical assistance to regional Pension Counseling and Information across the country
  • $50,000 to Pillars, La Grange Park, IL, in 2012. For PEARLS, treatment program to reduce depression in older adults
  • $45,000 to National People's Action, Chicago, IL, in 2012. For advocacy campaign to end predatory payday lending practices targeting seniors
  • $40,075 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL, in 2012. To train home care aides and seniors they serve about proper nutrition and healthy meal preparation
  • $33,000 to Korean American Community Services, Chicago, IL, in 2012. For program that trains recently retired Korean-Americans to assist low-income Korean seniors with applications for public benefits
  • $30,000 to Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, Chicago, IL, in 2012. For program to reduce disparities in colorectal cancer among older Asian Americans