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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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Diocesan Foundation

Financial and investment assistance is available to Southern Virginia’s parishes, congregations and agencies!

The mission of the Southern Virginia Diocesan Foundation is to provide financial and investment management assistance to parishes, congregations, missions and agencies within the diocese, to assist in promoting the financial stability of the diocese and its member organizations and to help provide such related services as may be considered necessary or desirable by the Southern Virginia Diocesan Foundation Board of Trustees to help support diocesan and parish activities.

The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia organized a Virginia non-stock corporation known as the Southern Virginia Diocesan Foundation to provide its parishes, missions and agencies with investment assistance. This corporation established a pooled investment fund known as the Diocesan Composite Fund in 1950 and has since operated it as a professionally managed, long-term investment vehicle for parishes, congregations, missions and agencies within the diocese that desire or need investment assistance in managing their special purpose accounts.

The Foundation is a charitable religious organization that operates under the auspices of the diocese and is managed by a Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s day-to-day activities are managed by the treasurer of the diocese.

Click here to see a directory of Diocesan Foundation trustees

The Statement of Information

The Investment Policy Statement

Any congregation may invest in the Diocesan Foundation. If your parish would like to participate in the Foundation, please fill out the forms below and send the completed forms and your check to diocesan treasurer.


Foundation initial investment form

Foundation investment authorization form

Foundation additions, withdrawals and distribution form

Interested in planned giving?

Here is some information that may help you:
Planning Giving Resources from the Episcopal Church Foundation
Ministry of Planned Giving brochure on planned giving

Performance of the Composite Fund

Click here for the investment performance for the Diocesan Composite Fund for the three month period ending September 30, 2018 for equity, fixed income and hedge fund investments and the total Fund return. The chart is a record of past performance and no representation or warranty is made by the Foundation that these investment results will be achieved during any future investment period.

The Foundation’s investments for the fourth quarter totaling $29.1 million at the end of the quarter, were allocated 63.1% equities, 20.4% fixed income, 9.1% hedge funds, 4.0% private equity and 3.5% cash.  The estimated annualized income is $576,058.  These allocations ae within the parameters set forth in the Investment Policy Statement.

The Foundation’s portfolio suffered a 8.73% loss, net of fees, for the quarter due to the market’s extreme volatility caused by international turmoil and increased interest rates.  This loss was slightly greater than the competitive index, which recorded a loss of 7.60%.  However, three-, five-, and ten-year returns remained healthy, generally meeting or exceeding the relevant benchmarks.

The investment manager anticipates that a good economy will continue in 2019 and that a recession is unlikely.  It expects a slight increase in the S&P 500, which should equate with expected corporate earnings growth. 

The Trustees reviewed the fees that are charged by Bank of America/US Trust to manage the investments of the Fund.  The Bank has agreed to lower its management fee from 48 to 35 basis points per managed investment, and change no fees for alternative investments.  Therefore, total combined fee is 31 basis points for the total funds managed.