Diocesan Investment Trust
Purpose of the Diocesan Investment Trust (DIT)
The Diocesan Investment Trust serves various purposes.
- First, the DIT provides parishes with the opportunity to invest their funds in institutional vehicles that have been carefully screened for performance, cost, and purpose, and which are not available to individuals.
- Second, parishes know that their investments are overseen by the trustees.
- Finally, the DIT is committed to offering investments that meet socially responsible screens, achieving acceptable market rate of returns (net of fees) or meeting benchmarks.
Structure of the DIT
The Board of Trustees for the DIT is comprised of five voting members (representing various parishes within the Diocese) and two ex-officio members (the Bishop and the Treasurer of the Diocese). The funds of the DIT are professionally managed with oversight by the trustees. The trustees, who serve without compensation, typically have business, finance, or legal experience and more often than not serve on a number of outside boards.
Current trustees are:
- Bruce Ward, Chairman
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Manchester
- Steve Barney, Vice-Chairman
Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
- Jim Perch
Grace Episcopal Church, Jefferson City
- Gerald Cooper
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves
- Kathleen Sherby
Episcopal Church of St. Michael & St. George, Clayton
- Al Ludwig
- The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson
Bishop of Missouri
Investment Choices within the DIT
There are currently four investment choices within which parishes may allocate their funds.
- The first is a domestic equity investment. Currently this is in TIAA-CREF’s Social Choice Fund (TISCX). This fund invests in stocks that pass two main social screens: the fund excludes companies whose major source of revenue comes from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons production or nuclear power; and remaining companies are evaluated on a number of issues including environmental stewardship, human rights, community relations, employee relations, workforce diversity, product safety and quality, and corporate governance. These guidelines are closely aligned with those established by The Episcopal Church.
- The second choice parishes have is a bond investment. Here the vehicle is the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund (VBTLX).
- The third choice parishes have is an international equity fund option, which is the Dimensional International Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio (DFSPX.
- The fourth choice is a basic money market option.
Participants may allocate their assets to the bond, equity, international equity, or money market funds as they see fit and may change their allocation from time to time as circumstances dictate. TIAA-CREF limits us to one trade date per month. Investment and redemption requests are processed by TIAA-CREF on the 15th of each month. All requests go through the Diocesan Office and need to be received prior to the 15th in order to be processed that month.