Whilst no two charities are the same, many face similar challenges in managing their finances to achieve the best results for the causes they support. It is therefore vital that associated professional advisors fully understand the unique requirements, goals and aspirations of a charity and the various challenges they may face in meeting those objectives.

Our primary responsibilities as Investment Managers are the best interests of your charity and helping you to meet your obligations as a trustee. Trustees have direct access to the person managing the charity’s investments; they will work closely with the trustees to design the charity’s unique ‘Investment Policy Statement’, allowing us to deliver a bespoke investment portfolio suitably designed to meet the charity’s unique requirements.

Although generating vital investment income as well as growing the portfolio in line with inflation are often core objectives for many charity investment portfolios, we understand that safeguarding and preserving capital is also at the forefront of trustees’ minds. Our investment philosophy is built around prudent investment management, robust risk management and our strong belief that solely focusing on returns will ultimately lead to taking unnecessary risks.

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Investment Policy Statementread more +

The Trustee Act 2000 gave trustees powers to invest in charity funds incorproating a wider range of investments, as well as encouraging the appointment of professional Investment Managers.

Under the new rules, trustees are required to demonstrate care and prudence and are required to document for regulatory purposes their charity’s investment objectives and overall strategy.

We are happy to assist in the construction and review of a formal Investment Policy Statement, which is essentially the charity’s Investment brief and instruction to us.

This includes all the investment objectives, such as income levels or investment restrictions, which allow us to deliver a truly bespoke investment portfolio designed to meet the charity’s unique requirements. 

Ethical Screeningread more +

Each charity will have their unique views and requirements concerning ethical issues and socially responsible investment.  By managing portfolios on a completely bespoke basis, each designed to meet the requirements set in the charity’s Investment Policy Statement, we can ensure the portfolio adheres to any ethical restrictions placed on the management of assets.

Risk Monitoringread more +

Risk control is key to portfolio construction and ongoing management of client portfolios.  Our unique and highly advanced software allows for instant daily monitoring of risk across all of our client portfolios, which negates the requirement for random infrequent portfolio reviews which many of our peers conduct. 

Reporting and Administrationread more +

In addition to regular meetings, you will receive periodic valuations of the charity’s investments in a format that is clear and easy to understand as well as on-demand access to the portfolio via our secure online portal.

We have sophisticated software which enables us to provide you with comprehensive performance and portfolio information so that you can feel confident and reassured that the charity’s assets are in safe hands.

Charges read more +

We are committed to a simple and transparent fee structure which allows Trustees to understand exactly how much the Charity will pay for our investment management services.  

Because we don’t have shareholders or profit targets, it allows us to provide a competitive fee structure compared to many of our peers.

Our fees follow simple underlying philosophy:

To be clear and simple at all times – our fee structure is uncomplicated and easy to quantify.

To offer value for money – because we don’t have shareholders or profit targets, it allows us to provide you with competitive fees when compared to our peers.

To be impartial and independent of any provider, product or service - We will always choose the right product for your circumstances and will not receive any hidden commissions or incentives which could have a bearing on that decision

Nominee Facilityread more +

We use a nominee company to hold our clients' assets on their behalf; it reduces costs, minimises paperwork and speeds up transactions, whilst providing rigorous safety procedures and insurance cover.

The safety of our clients’ assets will always be of paramount importance to Bartholomew Hawkins Asset Management and subsequently we have appointed Pershing Securities Limited as our custodian to hold your cash and investments.  Founded in 1939, Pershing is a London based subsidiary of BNY Mellon (Bank of New York).  BNY Mellon currently has $29.29 trillion of assets under custody*, conducts business and transactions in markets all over the world and has consistently received ratings that are amongst the highest in the banking and financial services industry from all four major credit rating agencies. 

A nominee company is a separate legal entity and its assets are not regarded as assets of Bartholomew Hawkins Asset Management, Pershing or BNY Mellon.  The nominee company is run in accordance with all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) which treats clients’ assets held in the nominee company in the same manner as stock registered in clients’ own names.  Therefore, you can be sure that the Charity’s assets are safe should anything happen to these companies

Learn more about the safety of your assets in our comprehensive document: Protection of Client Money and Assets. 

*Figure correct as of December 2016