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Infographic: Impact Investing Study

Infographic: Impact Investing Study

Published 02-13-17

Submitted by American Century Investments

American Century Investments and Greenwich Associates conducted a study on the views of institutional investors and financial intermediaries about the growing interest in impact investing.

Between late 2015 and early 2016, Greenwich Associates surveyed a total of 277 institutional investors, investment consultants, intermediary platform decision-makers and financial advisors to test their knowledge of and receptivity to various approaches to impact investing.

American Century’s take on Impact Investing:

  • Impact investing encompasses investments that have a measurable, beneficial impact on society, while also providing investors with a potential return.

  • Similarly, American Century views its unique ownership model and the legacy of its founder as the ultimate example of investing with impact.

  • American Century’s late founder James Stowers, Jr. and his wife, Virginia, transferred their equity ownership stake in American Century to the endowment supporting the Stowers Institute, which has resulted in more than 40 percent of the global asset management firm’s annual dividends being directed toward medical research.

  • Since 2000, more than $1.2 billion in dividends have been distributed to the Institute.

Meet Adam:

  • Adam Sokolic is senior vice president of Client Marketing at American Century Investments.

  • Adam can discuss study results and potential implications for both institutional and intermediary clients groups as impact investing continues to be an evolving topic in 2017.

  • Adam is outstanding at articulating not only the study results but communication needs of the different audiences surveyed. Adam offers insightful observations based on his years of experience in the industry and gives a terrific interview.

To view/print in-depth study results: 

Key study findings include:

  • Despite rapid growth, category still in early stages of development in U.S.

  • Lack of consensus about definition of impact investing.

American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives.  Founded in 1958, American Century Investments’ 1,300 employees serve investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang and David MacEwen serve as co-chief investment officers.

Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of nearly $1.2 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit

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American Century Investments® is a global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve health and save lives. It’s how we and our clients together Prosper With Purpose.™

Every day people are increasingly focused on investing to make the world a better place for themselves, their families, their organizations and the world at large. It is possible to live a more meaningful and impactful life and give back something that’s more valuable than money. When you invest with us, you can also invest in the future of others and have the potential to impact the lives of millions. That’s possible because of the distinct relationship with the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which owns more than 40% of American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute’s work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer. With responsible investing firmly rooted in our DNA, American Century’s focus on ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) factors is integral to our corporate citizenship and business model.

Together we can become a powerful force for good... it’s like nothing you’ve seen before from an investment management firm.

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