Charity articles and videos
In this section you will find insight articles and trustee training videos.
Articles for trustees
Should charities invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) as a business tool and as an investable theme presents a compelling opportunity for charities both by affecting their own business operations and enhancing their portfolios’ performance, potentially amplifying their impact on the causes they support.
Jargon busting: what you really need to know
The investment industry is fond of jargon. Deciphering this alphabet soup of acronyms can give the impression that investing is complex and impenetrable
Why the S in ESG?
The case for managing the environmental impact of the companies in which we invest is clear. We are in the middle of a climate emergency that requires immediate and drastic action. Increasingly, however, social factors are becoming just as important for the long-term sustainability of companies. We believe that the move to incorporate social metrics into investment decision-making is likely to be one of the strongest trends over the next decade.
Social capital - reporting and measuring
For trustees, social investment offers an opportunity to align a charity’s investment strategy with its charitable goals. Bringing about social change, from alleviating poverty to tackling discrimination to preventing abuse, is often core to a charity’s purpose. Social impact investing allows a charity to super-charge its impact in key areas. However, measuring social impact comes with more complexity than environmental or governance assessment.
Five questions for charities to ask about ethical investing
What charities should consider when planning to make ethical investments
Five ways your investment process can go wrong
Charity investors can give themselves a better chance of achieving stable, long-term returns by avoiding a number of common mistakes
How to compare investment manager returns for charities
The key considerations for trustees
Charities and risk management in an uncertain world
Charities with a rigorous risk management process are better prepared for the impact of catastrophic events.
Rethinking passive in a changing world
Acting in a charity’s best interests: taking a closer look at the active vs passive debate. Passive strategies have found increasing favour in the past decade. Attracted by strong returns from key indices such as the S&P 500 amid a lengthy bull market, investors channelled funds towards cheap and convenient index options. However, we believe investors need to tread carefully in today’s environment.