Investing with a Catholic Heart
CCF’s investment practices have evolved to incorporate more complex faith-aligned investment strategies. As a steward for our donors, partners, and community, CCF remains committed to pursuing continuous improvement and growth in this ﬁeld.
The Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have long inspired and informed CCF’s investment philosophy. They’ve allowed CCF to remain true to our Catholic faith while fulﬁlling our ﬁduciary duties to our donors and partners.
As the USCCB’s guidelines have developed through the years, so too have CCF’s faith-aligned investment activities. Today CCF incorporates the three core strategies for Catholic investing outlined in the USCCB guidelines:
Avoid Doing Harm – We rigorously review our portfolio to ensure we are not invested in companies whose activities conﬂict with Catholic social teaching. We reevaluate the portfolio quarterly and take appropriate action to divest and reinvest as business practices change.
Actively Work for Change – We leverage our rights as shareholders to inﬂuence corporate governance and decision-making. Through proxy voting and activities such as letter-writing campaigns to corporate leadership, we strive to make Catholic voices heard.
Promote the Common Good – We practice impact investing, a strategy that seeks to deliver a measurable, social beneﬁt along with strong ﬁnancial returns. Impact investments align money with mission by focusing on sectors like renewable energy, food and nutrition, ﬁnancial inclusion, healthcare, and aﬀordable housing.
Many Layers of Oversight Provide Checks and Balances
A large and remarkably talented group of professionals oversee CCF’s investment decisions. The group comprises four layers of governance that meticulously examine investment strategies and ensure a system of checks and balances are adhered to throughout the process.
Board of Directors – Seasoned professionals from the ranks of Fortune 500 companies, major ﬁnancial institutions, Catholic organizations, and beyond provide volunteer leadership to the CCF Board of Directors. They bring a variety of experience to guide our work while holding the ultimate responsibility for all investment decisions.
Investment Committee – This committee consists of board members and community members with deep investment knowledge and experience. Working closely with CCF staﬀ and consultants, the committee develops our investment strategy.
CCF Staﬀ – Director of Professional Outreach & Investments Mike Ricci oversees the day-to-day management of CCF’s investment portfolio. He also coordinates with consultants and the Investment Committee to develop, implement, and oversee investment strategy.
Consultants – CCF has long-term partnerships with several ﬁrms that provide crucial services including data research, allocation guidance, and screening analysis. Consultants also oﬀer CCF entrée to high-caliber private investment options that would be inaccessible without their collaboration.
Managing Risk to Steward “Forever Funds”
Endowment funds are managed for balanced growth in a long-term investment pool. Because CCF partners rely on endowments to support their ministries now and for future generations, we treat each one as a sacred trust.
Each year the CCF investment team conducts an extensive analysis to determine the percentage of a fund that can be distributed annually without compromising future growth. The Investment Committee considers everything from inﬂation trends to spending rates of other institutional endowments before recommending a spending policy to the Board of Directors.