Recently a new study was published by Nexus Impact Advisors on Christian based investing. The study author, Endel Liias, notes that it is there “hope that this information will be useful to people across the Christian investing spectrum—from investors and philanthropists to investees and entrepreneurs to the intermediaries, educators, and advisors that connect them.”
The report attempts to shape the full breadth of the market by offering some definitions for different segments to better classify the entire landscape of investing with Christian values. The report is merely an introduction, as it was meant to be, and offers us the chance to follow-up with some well-designed research and studies to further expand our knowledge of each sector in more detail. Why is that important or worth doing? For several reasons. First, it provides validation of the market opportunity that is currently underserved in hopes it can grow. Second, it reinforces the professionalism and credibility of Christian investing against some common and long standing misperceptions or biases. Third, it can identify potential gaps that providers can address or fill. Fourth, it guides the ability to measure and analyze to determine if progress is being made. Finally, it can offer the support of community to those involved or those considering to get involved.
Here is one highlight and some concluding thoughts from the report:
- Overall, impact investing is estimated to total approximately $114 billion, with Kingdom Impact Investing estimated to be $2.0 – $3.0 billion. There is a much larger opportunity as the infrastructure matures, more options become available, and more investors gain an appreciation.
As the report concludes:
“The wide range of stakeholders and activities in Biblically-responsible and Christian impact investing is evidence of a robust and burgeoning marketplace, and this growth is likely to continue apace in the coming years.”
“Over the next three decades, approximately $30T in assets will be passed from baby boomers to millennials—the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history. This will have major implications for the way money is invested, as younger generations increasingly look to spend and invest in accordance with their social, environmental, and moral convictions. “
“This presents particularly unique opportunities for development of the Christian investing marketplace… Meeting this demand will require the skills, creativity, and hard work of stakeholders across the Christian investing industry, as well as the participation of new entrants. “
The report is available at the website of Nexus Impact Advisors HERE . The website contains much more information, research, and resources for impact investing generally and Kingdom Impact Investing more specifically. A visit to the site is highly recommended.
About Nexus – Nexus Impact Advisors is a mission-driven research and advisory firm specializing in impact investing. To learn more, visit www.nexusimpactadvisors.com .