November 2018

Faith and Finances

Welcome to our “Faith and Finances” issue.

This is an important topic with hundreds of years of history in the SRI community. Today millions of people are aligning their investments with their sincerely held beliefs and values. As a person of faith, I've always found stewardship important from personal finances to the planet we call home. How do you align your money with your morals? Drop me an email or leave a comment at the end of any of the articles.

We were very pleased with the positive feedback to our "BEST Articles" issue. It was a good way to close out our 25th Anniversary Year. In case you missed the impactful articles you can find the Aug/Sept18 issue here.

- Cliff Feigenbaum, founder and publisher

 

 

Mark Regier - GreenMoney Journal

What Would the Good Samaritan Do?

Mark Regier
Vice President, Praxis Mutual Funds
The phrase “What would Jesus do?” emerged in American consciousness during the 1990s as motto for many Christians seeking to regularly reflect on how the moral teachings of Jesus could be reflected in their daily lives. Whether one participates in organized religion or not, the idea of finding a mechanism that calls us to step outside of our personal situation to view things from a different, morally-grounded perspective can have many benefits especially for values-driven investors. Read More
 

Teresa Romano Roybal - GreenMoney Journal

Inspired Stewardship

Teresa Romano Roybal
Minister, The River Santa Fe
Each financial seed we plant in each and every field we choose, is only destined for success if all the criteria in the divine mandate has been met. Good seed in good soil and people of integrity managing the process. Unethical practices, policies or products erode human dignity and moral enterprise. Placing little value on honesty and ethics creates a morally hazardous field and a harvest of unsustainability. Is faith and trust a commodity to be traded? I don’t believe so.
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Jason Myhre - GreenMoney Journal 

The High Calling of Business

Jason Myhre
Managing Partner, Eventide Asset Mgmt
God gives us work and entrusts us with the task of world-making. In the story of creation, God created the garden rich with latent potential, yet withheld the task of completing it for the people he would make. God intends humanity, through work, to be his partner in developing the world. Humanity was to enlarge the locus of the beauty and provision of the garden, in all our culture making, throughout the world and for the benefit of all. Many Christians believe that the purpose of business is to serve the global common good.
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Robert Knight - GreenMoney Journal

God Calls His Followers to Honor Him with Their Finances

Robert Knight
Communications Adviser, Timothy Partners
With the rising number of “responsible” funds in the early 90s, there wasn’t really an option for Christian conservatives to invest without compromising their beliefs, in life and family values. In 1994, under Art Ally’s leadership, the Timothy Plan unveiled its fund aimed at evangelical Christians. Secular investment firms weren’t thrilled by the arrival of Timothy Plan’s Biblically Responsible Investments, but investors were, and today there are over a dozen successful BRI-based mutual funds with billions in assets.
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November 2018 Additional Articles

The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows, and Natural Being – a new book by Jed Emerson

The path from modern Financial Capitalism to Integrated Investing that helps create the World and lives we seek Read More

Gender Lens Investing: Opportunities in Fixed Income – A new report from Community Capital Management

The fast growing impact investment theme of GLI has attracted over $900 million in assets from investors around the world Read More

The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America: Trends 2016 and 2017 – A new report from ANDE and LAVCA

Direct investments in companies with social and financial objectives is a dynamic industry with robust activity in the region Read More

Responsible Investing Accelerates as Investment Merits Gain Traction: A new survey by RBC Global Asset Management

Most institutional investors believe environmental, social and governance (ESG) integrated portfolios will perform well Read More

New UBS Investor Watch Study Reveals Stark Differences in Sustainable Investing Globally

Investors around the world see sustainable investing as the way of the future. Across all ages, wealth levels and regions. Read More

Billion Dollar Energy Fund Expands its Portfolio of Startups Fighting Climate Change

Akshat Rathi
Quartz
Bill Gates has Breakthrough Energy Ventures investing in radical energy startups capable of drastically cutting global emissions Read More

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A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life
by L. Hunter Lovins, Stewart Wallis, Anders Wijkman & John Fullerton

The new book, A Finer Future  is aimed at business leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, and anyone who cares about the future of our planet. Rich with stories of communities implementing solutions, it describes the exciting news in the work to transform finance, business, energy, agriculture and many other areas of our society to create a sustainable and regenerative economy that works for every one of us. 

Order the book here

 
 

How to Teach Kids About Money and Debt

Foolproof, a non-profit curriculum creator, gives middle and high school students an early lesson in financial literacy. GreenMoney  would like to  Congratulate  the team at the Foolproof Foundation, which wrote for our February 2018 issue, on this 4-minute segment from Good Morning America. The well-received video shows how their financial literary curriculum is being taught in schools around the country.

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