The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Seminary of the Southwest (Southwest) in Austin. Southwest has chosen to invest its $43 million endowment and general funds with ECF’s Endowment Management Solutions (EMS) program.
“We are excited about our new missional and financial partnership with Seminary of the Southwest. ECF’s EMS program is not just about money management but, more significantly, an opportunity to help steward and grow the financial resources of this important institution as it develops and nurtures the future leaders of the Episcopal Church,” said ECF President Donald Romanik.
Southwest’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Th.D., said, “This exciting partnership between Southwest and ECF reaffirms our commitment to being thoughtful stewards of resources. Our mission to form people for ordained and lay ministry will be strengthened by close partnership with ECF.”
ECF’s EMS program has helped hundreds of Episcopal parishes, dioceses, schools, and church-related organizations organize, invest, and grow their endowments and permanent funds. The program covers the complete spectrum of endowment needs, from starting an endowment fund, to updating endowment policies, to investing prudently, and guidance on spending wisely.
Commenting on the new partnership, Southwest’s Executive Vice President Frederick L. Clement said, “Our careful due diligence in selecting an investment manager led us to choose ECF over other main street firms. We believe there is meaningful opportunity for improved investment returns and operational efficiencies with ECF and State Street managing our portfolio.”
ECF is grateful to be able to support the Seminary in many new ways. ECF’s Managing Program Director Jim Murphy stated, “ECF staff looks forward to being able to serve Southwest by directly enhancing the seminary’s planned giving efforts and internal tracking capacities through ECF’s various included services.”
Mr. Murphy also added, “Since investment fees for ECF clients decline as assets under management grow, the addition of Southwest’s $43 million portfolio will reduce the investment management fees passed onto ECF clients to the lowest levels in the history of the EMS program, making our valuable services even more affordable to Episcopal parishes, dioceses and other institutions.”
The addition of Southwest’s portfolio brings assets under management in ECF’s program to over $400 million serving over 290 clients, from small parish endowments of $10,000 to other multi-million dollar accounts for numerous dioceses, institutions and cardinal parishes throughout the Episcopal Church. ECF works exclusively with State Street Global Advisors, which manages $2.8 trillion in assets, to provide comprehensive investment services for ECF’s endowment program.
ECF and Southwest are both thrilled that through their consistent missions to educate and empower future leaders of the Episcopal Church and larger society, both institutions will now have even more opportunities to support students, alumni, and other members of the Southwest community.
ECF is an independent, lay-led organization that helps congregations, dioceses and other Episcopal communities of faith engage in visioning and planning, develop leadership and raise and manage resources for ministry.
Formed in 1952 by Bishop John Hines, Seminary of the Southwest is one of 10 accredited seminaries in The Episcopal Church. Southwest’s vision is to be a community for formation and leadership within the church supported by a strength of program, endowment, and environment that assures excellence in theological, counseling and pastoral education.