About Us

UMRA members enjoying a luncheon

The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) is an independent organization, incorporated by the State of Minnesota in 1978. UMRA has about 600 members including faculty, P&A, civil service and bargaining unit employees, all retired, with significant University relationships. Membership is open to all retirees from all U of M campuses, their spouses or partners.

UMRA Mission

To support the interests of U of M retirees and provide opportunities to learn, serve, and connect. UMRA seeks to benefit members, the University, and the community through an array of informational, social, travel, volunteer, and support activities.

What does UMRA do?

  UMRA members annually contribute over 20,000 hours of community volunteer service, and in the recently completed ten year “Driven” campaign, UMRA members contributed over $30 million to support the UM’s growth and development. More facts about UMRA involvement can be found in our About UMRA fact sheet




Members engage intellectually and connect with each other in interest groups such as photography, finances, book clubs, family history and others.



Learning opportunities are a valued part of UMRA. These include monthly programs with speakers on topics of interest and workshops on the theme of “living well in later life.”



The Volunteer Center connects those interested in serving others with meaningful and rewarding opportunities. 


Opportunity for personal growth and connection is a priority and is woven through UMRA activities.


Connections Between UMRA and UMN 

UMRA has a deep commitment to UMN. This is reflected in our outreach activities and the many well-established partnerships with other University entities.

Memorandum of Understanding

In 2013, UMRA and the University’s Office of the Provost approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines the important connections and mutual interests of UMRA and the University. Revised and renewed in 2022, the MOU helps ensure that UMRA’s initiatives and activities are aligned with the University’s strategic plans and mission and that the University continues to recognize and support the important service UMRA provides to retirees.

U of M Alumni Association, UMN Foundation, and more

Additional relationships with the University’s Alumni Association and Foundation underscore UMRA’s commitment to sustain mutually supportive partnerships within the broader University Community. Connections to the University are extended through student mentoring and through the outreach of UMRA liaisons and representatives to key governance and administrative units.