Congregation improves stewardship, reduces fees and feels greater confidence with independent oversight on the management of their assets.

“To have investment experts representing our needs in dealing with fund managers has simultaneously upgraded our stewardship and freed up time for the Leadership Team, both of which are a great reassurance and of huge benefit to our Congregation. With this independent oversight, we now feel more confident when it comes to our investments”.

A religious congregation client

The Client Challenge

Unsure as to whether their assets were invested in the right place or not, our congregation client’s leadership team struggled for many years dealing directly with fund managers. They were not confident conversing in the language of the investment world and felt there was an ever widening gap between the Mission of their Congregation and the time and effort required to monitor fund managers.

Our Solution

We created a stewardship process that shifted the focus from fund managers and products to meeting the needs of the Congregation. Our detailed analysis of their fund managers also ensured that the investment products being used were aligned with the charism of the Congregation.

A finance subcommittee was established with a clearly defined objective and a concise set of policies and procedures, to ensure better governance and reduced but more effective Congregation leadership team time input. This also provided additional peace of mind to the team that experts were representing their needs, identifying any risks or inefficiencies and constructively challenging fund managers.

 

The Results

The Congregation now benefits from a structured process whereby the fund managers all report to the finance subcommittee in a format that is both useful and comprehendible. Acuvest hold the fund managers to account on the products they are investing the Congregation’s assets in and the associated costs. This has delivered better stewardship and an alignment of how assets are invested with the work they are facilitating, all at a lower cost.

What the client said:

“To have investment experts representing our needs in dealing with fund managers has simultaneously upgraded our stewardship and freed up time for the Leadership Team, both of which are a great reassurance and of huge benefit to our Congregation. With this independent oversight, we now feel more confident when it comes to our investments”.

Congregations and Religious Orders

Our services to Congregations and Religious Orders include; review of investment stewardship, drafting of policy documents, design and implementation of Needs Centered Investment Reports, support in the setup and management of Investment Committees, support in dealing with fund managers including sharing social and ethical policies with them, support to Bursar and congregation leaders on finance and investment advice, cost management and alternatives.

“We specialise in the provision of investment solutions to Congregations and Religious Orders, building a bridge between congregational needs and the world of investments, with a firm focus on enhancing the stewardship of assets. When well advised and managed, investments can play a crucial role in sustaining missionary work, here and abroad, and supporting your related needs, priorities and goals.”

Rebekah Brady
Senior Investment Advisor, Acuvest

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