In 1990, the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference approved the
creation of Brethren Foundation Inc. with the vision that the same sound
investment opportunities available to the Brethren Pension Plan could be made
available for congregations and organizations related to the Church of the
Brethren. In 1991, a deferred gift management service was added to help
individuals fulfill their philanthropic goals.
In 2014, the deferred gift management service and the asset management program were separated and placed into different 501(c)(3) corporations: BFI handles the deferred gift management service and Brethren Foundation Funds Inc. is responsible for the asset management program. The purpose of this change is to protect the assets of each program from the business risk of the other program.
At inception on Nov. 3, 2014, BFFI managed more than $170 million of assets for nearly 200 organizational clients. The success of BFFI’s asset management service is based on a proven investment program that employs the services of top-quality asset managers.
BFFI offers 29 fund choices that are competitive with industry benchmarks, including equity funds, fixed income funds, alternatives funds, a community development investment fund, and blended funds. Tactical and strategic investment options are available. Please explore our website for more detailed information regarding our investment options and their performance.
BFFI helps Brethren organizations, as well as others who share Brethren values, be good stewards of their assets.