About Us

Since 1883, Modern Woodmen of America has brought people together, supported families and strengthened communities.

About Us
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Looking for a meaningful career?

Grow with Modern Woodmen! As a financial representative, you can make a positive impact for your family and your community.

Financial Planning

We can help you meet your current needs, achieve your future dreams and plan for all stages of life.

Planning for Life

Our Products

Modern Woodmen maintains a portfolio of high-quality financial products that can help you meet a wide range of life needs.

Our Products
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Financial planning

Browse our helpful tips and articles to understand what’s important to you and your loved ones.

Being a Member

Modern Woodmen membership is about relationships. As a member, you work together with a trusted local representative to plan for some of the most important moments in the lives of those you love.

Being a Member
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Member Benefits
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Member Benefits

Modern Woodmen offers a variety of fraternal member benefits for all ages.

What We Are

Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization. Together with our more than 750,000 members, we’ve been touching lives and securing futures since 1883.

Modern Woodmen today

What is Modern Woodmen? Hear from some of our members and representatives.

Modern Woodmen history

The vision behind our name

We have no woodworking in our history. No cabinet making. No lumberjacks.

Our name was inspired by pioneer woodmen. They cleared forests to build homes and communities and provide security for their families. Modern Woodmen’s founder, Joseph Cullen Root, felt this was the perfect symbol to illustrate his goal of clearing away financial burdens for families.

On Jan. 5, 1883, Modern Woodmen of America was born in Lyons, Iowa. We moved across the Mississippi River to Fulton, Illinois, in 1884. Our home office relocated downriver to Rock Island, Illinois, in 1897. Rock Island remains our home office hometown to this day.

Check out the timeline on our Facebook page for more history highlights.

What is a fraternal benefit society?

How Modern Woodmen fraternalism works

Modern Woodmen of America is the nation’s third-largest fraternal benefit society in terms of assets. Fraternalism is a unique combination of business and giving back to those we serve – a continuous cycle of positive impact.

  • Our representatives provide financial products to help members protect their families and their futures.
  • These sales help fund member benefits and social, educational and volunteer programs that identify and meet local needs.
  • These activities build relationships, allowing for membership growth and greater community impact.

Learn more about how fraternals are different from other financial services organizations.

Learn more about how fraternals are different from other financial services organizations.

Our members' common bonds

Throughout Modern Woodmen's history, our members have touched lives and secured futures nationwide. Today members remain connected by common values, including:

  • Financial security for families, through life insurance, retirement planning and financial services.
  • Quality family life, through member benefits and local fraternal activities.
  • Community impact, through local volunteer projects that make a difference where members live, work and play.

By the numbers

Across the nation, our chapters and their members identify community needs and respond to those needs with programs desribed here.

Total of

in 70 regions throughout 47 states


in support of members’ communities through fraternal programs, benefits and activities

More than
members served

through financial guidance and social, educational and volunteer opportunities