Log In To your Account The YMCA Retirement Fund makes it simple to access and manage your account online. By signing up for online access, you can take advantage of a variety of self-service features, including: Updating your email address and contact information Viewing your account balances Updating your beneficiary And much more! If you’re not registered for online access, you can sign up here. Beneficiary Change If at any time there is a major change in your life, such as marriage, birth of a child, widowhood or a divorce, you should review your beneficiary designation and make any necessary changes. To designate or update beneficiaries, you can either log in to your account and make the change online, or submit a Designation of Beneficiary form to the Fund. It is critical that you name a beneficiary or beneficiaries for your retirement plan account(s) to ensure the benefits are paid according to your wishes. What Is a Beneficiary? A beneficiary is an individual or entity that will receive all or a portion of the proceeds of your account upon your death. You may name or designate one or more individuals, including a trust or your estate, as a beneficiary. 3 Reasons to Name a Beneficiary It eliminates confusion. By designating a beneficiary on all of your accounts, you will ensure that your chosen beneficiary will inherit your retirement benefit. It saves time. If you pass away and have not named a beneficiary, this may delay the transfer of the funds in your accounts. In some cases, the person in charge of your affairs or estate will be required to complete a significant amount of paperwork to transfer the funds. It ensures the financial well-being of your loved ones. Ensuring the financial security of your loved ones is important, especially if the retirement benefit will be used for a specific purpose such as covering funeral expenses. What Happens If No Beneficiary Is Designated? If you do not designate a beneficiary, your total account balance will be payable to the default beneficiary determined by the terms of the plan at the time of your death. Currently, the default beneficiary would be in this order: Your spouse, and if your spouse does not survive you, then to Your children living at the time of your death, in equal shares, and if no child survives you, then to Your estate. Once You’ve Named Your Beneficiaries, Keep Them Current Whenever you open a financial account, naming a beneficiary should be one of your top priorities. But as your life changes, it’s important to make sure you update the beneficiary information on all of your accounts. Marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, and the passing of a loved one are just some of the significant life events that may impact your beneficiary information. It’s Easy to Name Your Beneficiary Online It’s fast and easy to update your beneficiary online. Simply log in to your account to update your beneficiary information. Before you log in, you will need the following items: Full legal name of person or entity Full address Telephone number Social Security or identification number (if it’s for an entity and not a person) Date of birth It’s Essential to Name Your Beneficiary It’s important to make sure your benefits are paid according to your wishes. Please take a moment to designate your beneficiaries and keep them current on all your financial accounts to protect your loved ones. Address Change In order to send you updates on your benefits, we need to know where you live. If you move, you can: Log in to your online account, click on “Change Your Contact Information”, and provide us with your correct mailing address Contact our Customer Service Department Marital status change The Fund needs to know about any changes to your marital status. Federal laws impose strict rules in the distribution of benefits to beneficiaries for married couples. Contacting us is the quickest way to find out which forms are needed to update your file. Legal name change If you change your name, you must send the Fund a Change of Name form along with the proper documentation.