Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding elder care. Currently, the average annual cost of care for women and men religious past age 70 is over $37,000 per person. Skilled care can exceed $56,000. In 2011 alone, the total cost to support elder religious was over $1.1 billion. These increases, along with market-related declines in retirement savings, have contributed to an estimated unfunded retirement liability for religious communities of $12.8 billion.