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Cabrini Sisters take calculated investment risks to increase impact

Members of the Cabrini Sisters
Photograph: The Cabrini Sisters
A FaithInvest case study

Many religious organisations have financial reserves which they invest in ways which they hope will benefit the planet, not harm it. In practice, this often means that they decide not to invest in sectors which they consider unethical — the arms trade, for example, or the fossil fuel industry.

The Cabrini Sisters have taken a more direct approach — they want part of their money to be working directly for social good. The Sisters — formally known as the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — have become impact investors, investing their resources directly into projects.

Nana Francois, Director of Membership at FaithInvest, discussed how the Sisters began impact investing with Superior General Sr Barbara Staley and her colleagues Chief Finance Officer Greg Lane and Director of Investments Kayoko Lyons. The following clips illuminate key components of their journey to integrate faith and finance and their process to build an impact investing portfolio.


Sr Barbara Staley shares insights on how the Cabrini Sisters translated their mission of putting love into action through a concrete impact investing portfolio:


Gregory Lane, Chief Financial Officer, shares the strategic approach to how they developed an investment portfolio that supported the sisters’ needs and integrated impact investments:


Kayoko Lyons, Director of Investments, shares the details on the process once they had identified the portion of the global portfolio where they were willing to accept more risk tolerance:

More information

  • Find out more about the Cabrini Sisters’ impact investing journey via our long read which goes into much more detail about their journey.

  • You can also watch the full 40-minute interview.


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