What is the IER?

The Institute for Education in Retirement, Inc. (IER) is a New York non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to supporting intellectually challenging peer learning and community engagement opportunities for retirees. The IER’s major focus is supporting The Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP²) at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Among the programs IER supports on an ongoing basis for LP2 are:

  • Speaker Fees to bring top intellectuals to speak at free public lectures at the LP2 campus
  • Free interactive online classes for homebound older adults
  • A mentoring program for college students
  • Voter registration drives
  • Special Interest Group expenses
  • LP2 Member Art shows
  • Voices, an online periodical of arts and letters
  • Scholarships for LPmembers in need
  • Honoraria for guest speakers at LP2 Study Groups
  • Refreshments at LP2 events such at Fridays@Three, Tuesdays With Friends, General Membership Meetings.

These programs offer the growing retired and semi-retired population of the New York Metropolitan Area a wide range of intellectual and social engagement opportunities, and ways to give back to the community.

The IER also provides one-off grants from time to time: In 2020 The IER pledged $5,000 to the Graduate Center to establish a fellowship for a doctoral student of high academic merit and is completing a dissertation that addresses race relations, human rights or social justice; or that treats some significant aspect of the African Diaspora, including the culture and history of African Americans. 

Support the IER’s Work

Make a tax-deductible donation or learn more about making a bequest to The Institute for Education in Retirement, Inc. (IER).

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