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Posted: April 12, 2019
We've just made it easier for congregations like yours to access professional investment management for money you have set aside for the future . Our new Small-Cap Managed Fund allows you to invest amounts as small as $25,000 with ELFEC while retaining ownership of your assets. Now there's a way to invest congregational funds other than bank accounts and Guaranteed Investment Certificates. For a decade, congregations have been able to open a Managed Fund with a minimum of $50,000, and more than 30 have done so. Now the Small-Cap Fund, with most of the same features as its older sibling, gives more churches the opportunity to apply their social and environmental values without sacrificing investment returns. And if your investments grow to exceed $50,000, you can migrate to the Managed Fund easily and without penalty. For full features of the two funds, please click here . Want to know more? You're invited to participate in a half-hour webinar at noon, EDT on May 10. Krista Kuehnbaum, our Director of Finance and Marketing, will review all the features of the Small-Cap Fund and answer your questions. To register for the webinar, email Krista at . And if you can't wait that long to get more information, call or drop us a line any time. Webinar Details: A recording of webinar is available at Copy of Presentation When: Friday May 10, 2019 12pm - 12:30pm EDT Register: email Krista at kkuehnbaum@elfec.caRead more
Posted: April 1, 2019
We are very excited to announce enhancements to our Managed Partner Program, we are now offering congregations the opportunity to partner with us in a Small-Cap Managed Partner Fund. ELFEC offers congregations and faith-based charitable organizations the opportunity to pool their investments with ours. Our partners benefit from professional investment management in accordance with an Investment Policy that emphasizes preservation of capital, generation of reasonably predictable stream of income, capital growth while ensuring Responsible Investing policies are followed. We now offer two managed partner fund options for our partners. Please review for full details and comparison of our two funds.Read more
Posted: March 27, 2019
Each year SHARE develops an engagement plan in consultation with us, outlining where we will focus our collaborative efforts to improve corporate sustainability performance. A short public summary of the themes we’re discussing with Canadian companies is now available here.Read more
Posted: January 30, 2019
Q4 2018 saw engagement with 10 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Investing in a Just Transition with significant progress made with Bank of Nova Scotia, Algonquin Power & Utilities and National Bank of Canada . Other themes included investing in decent work and board diversity. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: October 16, 2018
Q3 2018 saw engagement with 10 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Investing in Reconciliation with significant progress made with NFI Group (formerly: New Flyer Industries), WSP Global Inc and TransCanada Corporation . Other themes included investing in decent work and Just TransitionA full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: September 20, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Kathryn Smith has joined the ELFEC staff team as a Giving Advisor. In her new role, Kathryn will work throughout the territory of the Eastern Synod. Her primary mandate is to encourage and assist people to make planned gifts to the church in all its expressions. Kathryn’s rare combination of theological education, knowledge of the church and employment experience will be a huge asset in working with congregations and their members. We expect that she will expand the service LPG has been able to provide in recent years. Kathryn would welcome the opportunity to visit your congregation and explain how easy it is to provide for the financial future of your church. LPG’s services come free of charge. Kathryn Smith can be reached at (519) 831-3427 or .Read more
Posted: July 24, 2018
Q2 2018 saw engagement with 12 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Accountable and Effective Governance with Fortis Inc, as well as Investing in Decent work with Telus Corp, TD Bank and Royal Bank of Canada. Another theme is Investing in Reconciliation with WSP Global Inc, TransCanda Copr and NFI Group (formerly: New Flyer Industries) . A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: April 25, 2018
It is also a community program! Breakfast is prepared every Sunday throughout the year at St. David Anglican Lutheran Church in Orillia. In addition, on Christmas morning there is a special breakfast. Learn more.Read more
Posted: April 16, 2018
Q1 2018 saw engagement with 7 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included gender leadership gaps with Sun Life Financial, protecting and preserving clean water with Pembina Pipeline Corporation, and investing in a just transition with Royal Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, National Bank of Canada and TD Bank. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: April 9, 2018
Learn to find and apply for grants from local, provincial and national foundations as well as government agencies. Every participant receives a binder filled with grant program information. Sponsored by the Eastern Synod at no cost to participants. Workshop topics include: Government and foundation grants your parish may be eligible for Grants available from the Eastern Synod and ELFEC Ontario Trillium Foundation—the new application process How to develop effective grant proposals Event Date: Saturday Oct 20, 2018 More details and registation.Read more