are a natural
faith-based and impact investing.
FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
The faiths are a natural powerhouse for values-based, faith-consistent investing that contributes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) or socially responsible investments (SRI) and supports the aims of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Yet for many faiths, this is currently more of a potential than a reality. As investors, the faiths are good at knowing what they don’t want to invest in (such as the arms trade). Now it is time to say what they do want to invest in, for a better future for people and planet.
Our mission is to help them do so.
We exist to accelerate and broaden faith-consistent, values-driven investing by providing a NETWORK for faith-based investors, a SOURCE of education, exchange
and collaboration, a PLATFORM for investment ideas, opportunities and concepts,
and a VOICE for the faiths and values-driven investors.
A NATURAL POWERHOUSE
Here are some reasons why the faiths are natural powerhouse for ethical, faith-based and impact investing.
Their beliefs naturally align with these causes; they are deeply and strongly motivated.
They represent a large pool of investable assets as well as vast ownership of property and land.
Together, the faiths represent a significant investment bloc in the financial world.
They have unique grassroots reach that can generate investable projects, local know-how and operating infrastructure in almost any part of the world.
COMPLEX AND OPAQUE
But the potential impact of the faiths has been muted.
Many faith groups are complex and opaque to outsiders – especially the commercial world.
Faith groups are not monolithic: their beliefs vary, their approaches differ, they express ourselves differently.
It is hard for outsiders to know who to engage and how.
Faiths diverge widely in their investment experience and goals.
Many faiths come from cultures that traditionally have relied on charity for impact
Their investments have historically focus on what not to do.
FaithInvest works to amplify the strengths and diminish the challenges: We do this by:
Assisting the faiths in setting out details of their investments and strategy as well as goals for pro-active investing.
Creating a professional association which will enable far greater collaboration and information sharing.
Assisting with the shift within the faith communities from grant-focused to grant-and-investment for impact projects.
Becoming a first stop for key information (through research partnerships) on the scale, scope and direction of faith investing.
Creating a pipeline of investable projects finely attuned to the needs of the faiths.
Creating opportunities for investments into environmental and sustainable projects.
We do this for faith organisations and also faith-based philanthropies, charities, and businesses.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world.
Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.