UMRA Fact Sheet

The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) is dedicated to connecting U of M retirees in lifelong, mutual support of the University and each other. Membership is open to all retirees from all U of M campuses, their spouses and partners. Incorporated in 1978, UMRA has served, supported, and advocated for the interests of the University for more than 40 years.

By the numbers

  • Nearly 800. The number of UMRA members as of June 2022. Includes faculty, staff, spouses, partners, and friends.

  • 8 x 2. Excellent programming has been a hallmark of UMRA since its inception. During the COVID-19 pandemic, UMRA continued its monthly forums and workshops via Zoom and attendance was consistently high. From September 2022 to May 2023, the program schedule includes 8 forums and 8 workshops, to be held in-person and via Zoom.

  • $34 million. The total contributed by UMRA members to the U’s “Driven” campaign.

  • 20,000+. The estimated number of volunteer hours contributed in service to the University by UMRA members annually (pre-COVID).

  • 50,000+. The estimated number of volunteer hours contributed in service to the community at large by UMRA members annually (pre-COVID).

  • $5,000. Grants of up to $5,000 each are available to University retirees through UMRA’s competitive Professional Development Grants for Retirees program.

  • 8. The number of newsletters UMRA publishes annually (September–May) and distributes by mail, email, and online at

  • 2022. The year UMRA and the University Retirees Volunteer Center reconnected as a single organization to broaden and expand service opportunities for U of M retirees.


In addition to monthly programs, UMRA offers a variety of other opportunities to get involved, including:

  • Armchair Traveler
  • Photo Club
  • Book Clubs I and II
  • Social Activities
  • Family History Interest Group
  • Travel Program
  • Financial and Legal Issues Group
  • UMRA Cares
  • Hiking Club
  • Volunteer Center

Designated UMRA board liaisons attend and report on the activities of the Board of Regents, the Alumni Association, the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, the Benefits Advisory Committee, the University Retiree Volunteer Center, and the Campus Club.


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Published:  June 2022