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Published on January 13, 2008

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Approaching the Faith-based Market:  Approaching the Faith-based Market Using Stewardship Investing to Build Your Business Socially responsible investing:  Socially responsible investing Definition: Investment decision-making process that considers social and environmental implications Often takes the form of negative screens Perceived “activist” focus Faith-based investing:  Faith-based investing Definition: A form of investing that considers religious faith teachings to guide or influence investment decisions Looks at why these issues are important Can be “another door” Stewardship investing:  Stewardship investing Definition: An investment decision-making process rooted in a faith-based understanding of holistic stewardship Focuses on our responsibilities as stewards of God’s resources Meshes financial and social responsibility in single process Varied Religious Perspectives:  Varied Religious Perspectives Some well-known names have arisen in the area of religion and finance Primary attention on personal budgets and debt reduction Many continue to advocate separating religious faith and investment decisions “Morality” or ”sin” issues dominate limited social considerations MMA’s third way:  MMA’s third way MMA believes faith-based investors are interested in more than is commonly understood Religious beliefs should be incorporated in all parts of your life We’ve been doing it for over a half century How MMA does it:  How MMA does it The three pillars of Stewardship Investing Company selection Shareholder advocacy Community Development Investing (CDI) Rooted in a holistic understanding of a socially-engaged Christian faith Why a faith-based approach could be important to you:  Why a faith-based approach could be important to you MMA’s 2001 Investor survey MMA’s 2002 Religious Fund Study Cultural Creatives Stock ownership responsibilities A culture that expects to combine faith and finances Commitment to stewardship MMA’s 2001 investor survey:  MMA’s 2001 investor survey 2001 investor survey:  2001 investor survey 2001 investor survey:  2001 investor survey 2002 Religious Fund Study Number of religious mutual funds:  2002 Religious Fund Study Number of religious mutual funds 34 75 Growth of religious mutual funds relative to all funds:  Growth of religious mutual funds relative to all funds 121% 21% 16% 11% Cultural Creatives & Faith-based Investing:  Cultural Creatives & Faith-based Investing They are people who want to integrate spirituality into all of life Interested in multiple social movements Reject traditional media Prime candidates for faith-based investing One of the best ways to reach them Wear your values on your sleeve Combining faith and finance:  Combining faith and finance Advisers are trained to understand three things about their clients: Goals Risk tolerance Time horizon Combining faith and finance:  Combining faith and finance MMA advocates adding a fourth element Your client’s ethical profile Would you like your faith (or spiritual) values considered when I develop my investment recommendations? Why you should include Faith-based Investing:  Why you should include Faith-based Investing Survey shows majority of investors think it is important Many would participate if they knew more about it Why you should include faith-based investing:  Why you should include faith-based investing To establish your uniqueness To gain client loyalty and trust To open a new opportunities for market growth Our Challenge to You:  Our Challenge to You Offer every client an opportunity to align faith values and investment decisions. Present another “door” to draw people to socially engaged investing Watch what happens! Tools to help you:  Tools to help you Engage Your Faith brochure Religious Investor Survey booklet MMA and MMA Praxis annual reports Community Development Investing brochure Stewardship Investing philosophy & guidelines Shareholder advocacy reports MMA Praxis prospectus MMA and MMA Praxis web sites MMA’s Newest Tool:  MMA’s Newest Tool The Stewardship Investing Toolkit CD

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