Faith-Based Impact Investing: Growing the Field
Faith-based investors represent trillions of AUM and have a long history as pioneers in sustainable investing. However, despite leadership in responsible investing strategies such as shareholder advocacy, divestment, and negative screening, faith-based investors, as a whole, have yet to pursue major impact investing portfolios. Earlier this year, the GIIN started a project to deepen engagement with the faith-based investing community and to understand the opportunities that would support more conscious and deeper impact allocations within faith-based investing portfolios. This webinar is part of a series of convenings to share insights from that work.
The GIIN team will start with an overview of key findings uncovered through surveys and interviews. We will share information on current activity, perceptions of impact, and opportunities to work more with faith-based investors.
In addition, Wespath Benefits and Investments—a leading institutional investor from the faith-based community—will share how they have successfully embedded an impact investing program in their portfolio and lessons learned for other faith-based organizations.
This webinar is part of a series of convenings designed to engage those stakeholders in the faith-based investing community, who are interested in moving more capital towards positive, measurable change for a more sustainable and equitable world. To this end, GIIN team also will share ideas on how to grow the field of faith-based impact investors, and an invitation to the faith-based investing community to workshop these engagement strategies at the upcoming GIIN Investor Forum.
Sylvia Poniecki, Director, Positive Social Purpose Lending Program, Wespath Benefits and Investments
Trent Sparrow, Senior Analyst, Impact Investments, Wespath Benefits and Investments
Katrina Ngo, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Global Impact Investing Network
Hannah Dithrich, Senior Associate, Research, Global Impact Investing Network