Biblically Responsible Investors Are Making a Difference in the World with Their Finances
Timothy Plan Helps Steward Money in a Way That Honors God;
Over $1 Billion Under Management Upholding Biblical Principles
ORLANDO, Fla.—This is the information age, which means Christians now have a responsibility to know where their money is invested. With technology at their fingertips, people of faith who want to honor God with their finances and make a positive difference in the world rather than contribute to abortion, pornography and a variety of other evils now have a choice.
Unfortunately, most Christians don’t have the time, specific knowledge or expertise to do the research on their own. But that’s where Timothy Plan comes in.
For nearly 25 years, this biblically responsible family of mutual funds has helped people achieve their financial goals while investing in a morally responsible manner. Timothy Plan, for example, does not invest in those companies that support pornography, abortion or have other agendas contrary to the teachings of Scripture—or that are actively participating in activities that may prove destructive to our communities-at-large.
“Believers have the added insight through the Scriptures that all of our money belongs to God, not just the amount we tithe,” said Timothy Plan founder, president and CEO Art Ally. “So it’s not unreasonable to take responsibility for how our money is used in the marketplace, including investing.”
While biblically and socially responsible investing are not new, the movement is growing rapidly and extensively. In fact, last year, Timothy Plan alone reached over $1 billion of assets under management.
Social activists have been using their power as stockholders to impact corporate policy for years. Biblically Responsible Investing, or BRI, the core of Timothy Plan, is a subset of Sustainable and Responsible Investing or Socially Responsible Investing that includes broad efforts to encourage companies toward socially and morally responsible behavior.
This area of investment is “growing exponentially, rising 76 percent between 2012 and 2014 to represent a total of $6.57 trillion of investment capital,” according to a Biola University study, writes Robert Knight for Timothy Plan. Nearly $16 trillion is invested in mutual funds, according to the 2015 Investment Company Fact Book from the Investment Company Institute, and about 68 percent of that is held by Christians as well as 41 percent of all money invested in securities, as found in the 2014 Religious Landscape Study from the Pew Research Center.
“Many activist movements represent less than 1 percent of the population,” Knight added. “With less than 1 percent of our population effecting change within our nation, imagine the possible impact of Christians investing with purpose beyond monetary return. Moral investing is a proactive, inoffensive way of making our voices heard where it matters the most, in the deep pockets of corporate America.”
Since 1994, Timothy Plan has existed to help advisers and investors achieve their financial goals through a pro-life, pro-family approach to investing—not only to benefit the investor but the broader culture. Timothy Plan is firmly committed to running a mutual fund company with the integrity, excellence, and wisdom that brings honor and glory to our Lord Jesus, and is a beacon for Godly stewardship in the financial community.
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