Investing in Direct Holdings
Many fund managers will tailor your portfolio to invest directly in holdings which align with your investment policy. The benefit of this is that the investment manager is able to provide your charity with a bespoke approach tailored to your needs.
Investing in Fund of Funds
A number managers invest themselves only in other funds. These managers do not put investors’ money directly into the stock market, instead they invest it in other managers’ funds. Such portfolio can arguably be more diverse and thus be less risky from a financial point of view. However, to ensure the ‘fund of funds’ is following your ethical criteria you may need to check the underlying policy of each of the funds ‘contained’ in that fund.
Example: EQ Investors
A “Mixed” Approach
Many fund managers invest in both direct holdings and other funds. It is a good idea to look into the breakdown of the portfolio they propose to see how much of your money will be in direct holdings vs funds. It is also important to ask them how they will ensure your investment criteria will be applied to the indirect holdings (i.e. those in the funds they invest in).
Choosing two or more fund managers
You many decide that you would like to place your money with two (or more) different fund managers. This could be because you feel this will further diversify your portfolio, making your investments less at-risk. Alternatively you might choose multiple fund managers because they offer different approaches from an ethical perspective.
If you do choose to employ multiple fund managers, do note that you will need to manager multiple investor relationships which will take up more time for your charity.