Retirement Concerns Plague Nonprofit Employees

January 11, 2013 ( - About 45% of all employees in the nonprofit sector are not confident with their ability to prepare financially for retirement, a survey shows.

By Rebecca Moore | January 11, 2013
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TIAA-CREF Institute and Independent Sector found 42% of employees feel they are not accumulating sufficient financial resources to ensure their long-term financial security, even though most employees are covered by a retirement plan at work. Thirty percent of survey respondents have access to a defined benefit (DB) plan and 69% have access to a defined contribution (DC) plan. More than three-quarters of those with access to a DC plan make contributions.  

Only one-third of nonprofit sector employees have received retirement planning advice within the past three years. Two-thirds have not tried to determine how much money they will need to accumulate so that they can live comfortably in retirement. Even among savers who are confident they are saving the right amount, one-third have not attempted such a calculation.  

Household debt is likely a factor contributing to a lack of confidence regarding saving for retirement; 70% of early-career stage employees and 60% of mid-career employees consider their level of household debt to be a problem.