Finance: Guide to diverse investments is aimed at charities

Helen Warrell

The Eiris foundation and the UK Social Investment Forum have produced a guide to show charities how to find responsible investment options in non-equity asset classes such as cash deposits, bonds, property, venture capital and hedge funds.

Charities have traditionally relied on equities to form the basis of their socially responsible investment porfolios. Sam Collin, co-ordinator of the project that produced the guide, said: "We would like to see charities that already have responsible policies looking at their whole portfolio - not the equity investments. Charities should be using their investments to help support their missions and further their activities."

Adam Ognall, members secretary at the UK Social Investment Forum, said charities should not be worried that new asset classes carried increased risk.

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