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CORE advocates for not-for-profit human services to have a pension plan, helping to create a more equitable and sustainable retirement system for all essential workers.

Like police, firemen, and other pension-funded jobs, not-for-profit human services provide life-saving work. Yet they are financially disadvantaged, causing many workforce challenges.


Unsustainable salary increases
Non-competitive benefits


Difficult to recruit and retain employees
Financial uncertainty now and in the future

What do we need?


Optimal retirement plan


Your support

By supporting CORE, you are helping more than 800,000 non-for-profit workers obtain confidence in their work and their future.

Right now, legislation A.6839-A/S.8660 introduced by Assemblymember Aileen Gunther and Senator Nathalia Fernandez, supports the mission of CORE. We need your help to get it passed!

For organizations that want to support CORE, email John Richter at

It is extremely difficult to compete with state organizations and private companies when it comes to benefits packages. The people who sign up for this work are driven, compassionate and committed to our mission. The least we can do is ensure they have a pension.

– AnnMarie

I have been at my agency for 24 years. Our salaries are much lower than government employees. Our cost of living has dramatically increased but state funding has not. After putting my daughter through college, I have no savings. I have no pension. I am 50 and fear for my financial stability when I retire (if I ever can).

– Josephine

Supporting Organizations

ASCEND Mental Wellness (Warren and Washington Counties)

Center for Independence of the Disabled

Community Connections of Franklin County

Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

Families On The Move of NYC, Inc.

From Punish to Public Health at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Geel Community Services

Hands Across Long Island

Healthy Capital District

Human Services Council of New York

InUnity Alliance

Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley

Mental Health America

Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County

MHA America of Dutchess County

Mental Health Association in Essex County

Mental Health Empowerment Project

Mental Health Association in Jefferson County

Mental Health Association of Nassau County

Mental Health Association in New York State

Mental Health Association in Niagara County

Mental Health Association in Orange County

Mental Health Association in Putnam County

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County

Mental Health Association of Westchester

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Huntington

National Alliance on Mental Illness – New York State

National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter

New York State Association of Rural Health

New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Northern Rivers Family Services

Northwell Health

Phoenix House New York

The Alliance for Rights and Recovery

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness (Suffolk County)

The New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation

The New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health

Vanderheyden Hall

Vibrant Emotional Health (NYC)

VIP Community Services in the Bronx