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The Power of Moravian Community, Pooled Investment, and the Moravian Common Fund

Early Moravian settlers practiced faith and devotion to Christ by pooling their resources. They put their resources together into the community and took back only what they needed to live productively for Christ and their brothers and sisters.

The Moravian Common Fund was built with the same spirit of community. Today you and others retain ownership of your assets while gaining a high-quality, low-cost investment solution that provides ongoing management and administration of your funds.

By combining our resources in the Common Fund, we are a larger investor. We benefit from economies of scale, lower total costs, and more. In addition, the investment fees that would leave the church in a secular investing scenario, in fact stay within the church to work for God again. These fees fund services that your foundation can provide at no charge to Moravians.

Created in 1998, the Common Fund is a pooled investment and endowment management vehicle. We partner with Wells Fargo to invest our resources. At the end of 2020, your foundation had more than $184M under management.

We are dedicated to providing Common Fund participants with superior investment returns at a low cost.

Click here to see the most recent performance report.

A list of current Common Fund participants is available here.

Organization & Planning

In all our work, whether for individuals or congregations, the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America helps organize and simplify the work of ministry. Using structured and proven processes, we can help you discover, clarify and articulate your specific mission. We can help you understand the tools of philanthropy and the choices available to you. We can take care of the logistical and administrative work of:

  • Setting up endowment funds
  • Managing the accounting, performance monitoring and reporting
  • Establishing spending policies
  • Contingency and succession planning
  • Educating church leaders on options and best practices
  • Due diligence for the entities that receive your gifts

Investment Options & Reporting

The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America provides a range of investment options to suit the risk tolerance for any investor. Choices include: Income & Growth, Balanced, Growth & Income, and Growth. In addition, our two Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) options may be right for you. Our ESG Blended pool and our ESG Moderate/Aggressive pool invest in organizations that strive to be socially and environmentally responsible while maintaining excellent governance.