The Foundation investment services exist to provide faithful and professional options for Iowa United Methodist Churches and related institutions in the stewardship of endowments and long-term funds. The Foundation’s investment program offers five fund options for churches and agencies to invest in. These investments are then used to provide loans to our churches. If you or your organization are interested in investing in one of our churches, we offer long-term investments as well as short-term investments.
Long-term investments may be deposited 100 percent in individual funds (Bond, Balanced, and Equity) or in a Mixed Fund Account with allocations among the fund options designated by the investor. For our long-term investment options, we offer:
- Balanced Fund
- Bond Fund
- Equity Fund
And for our short-term investments, we offer two options:
- Short-term Income Fund
- Certificates of Participation (Building Fund Trust)
Long/Intermediate Term Investment Funds
This fund uses a traditional asset allocation model with approximately 60% invested in equities and 40% in fixed income instruments such as bonds and U.S. government-backed securities. The Balanced Fund is designed to provide a moderate return with moderate volatility. This fund is most appropriate for permanent and endowment funds intended to provide reasonable interest income for ministries and missions, while providing modest growth in principal to offset the effects of long-term inflation.
This fund’s investments are in fixed income instruments. This fund provides the lowest expected total return but also has the lowest volatility of the three pooled investment funds. The Bond Fund provides an investment option for churches and agencies needing opportunities for higher dividend and interest yield for their ministries and missions, with potential for some smaller growth in principle.
This fund’s investments are in equities. The goal to provide potential high returns is accompanied by high volatility. With the focus on asset growth, the income yield is relatively low. This fund is appropriate only when churches or agencies desire to position some of their endowment or reserve funds primarily for growth and have good tolerance for risk. Investments in the Equity Fund usually have a horizon of five years or more.
The risks inherent in any long-term investment fund are the risks common to any security. The net asset value of the invested funds will fluctuate in response to changes in economic conditions, interest rates, and the market’s perception of the underlying value of the securities held by the fund. Although the funds seek to reduce risk by investing in high quality diversified portfolios of stocks and bonds, such diversification does not eliminate all risks. There can be no assurance that any fund will be profitable or that clients will not suffer losses on their investments in the funds.
Short-Term Investment Funds
Short-Term Income Fund:
This fund is designed to provide an investment vehicle for shorter-term funds seeking to earn a better rate than traditional savings accounts or money market funds. This lower risk fund is best used in situations where funds will be needed for ministries and missions within the near future. Withdrawals of interest and/or principal can be made quarterly.
Even though the fund is designed to have a fairly low volatility rate, the net asset value of the funds can fluctuate in response to changes in economic conditions, interest rates and the perceptions of the national securities markets of the underlying securities held by the fund.
Check out the Building Fund Trust Certificates page for information about the Foundation’s other short-term investment fund.
Advantages of Investing Through the Foundation
- All investments are made in accordance with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church
- Competitive historical performance record
- Consistent accounting of invested funds, with office staff available to help new church or organization officers understand the investment and accounting information
- Low cost for complete services governed by Iowa United Methodists
- The ability to choose timing for interest payments and no penalties for timely withdrawals
- No brokerage costs for depositing stocks or gifts of stocks
- Support of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation’s work with churches and affiliated organizations in long-term stewardship