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Bethel launches socially responsible endowed fund

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – One of the outcomes of fall board meetings at Bethel College was establishment of a socially responsible investment (SRI) fund for endowed gifts.

The board’s Financial Affairs Committee reviewed a proposal to create this option as an alternative to existing endowed funds.

Bethel currently holds its endowment with Common Fund. The new socially responsible fund will exist in conjunction with it.

This initiative rose from donor requests, and it begins with a six-figure gift from Bethel alumni Lois and Richard Reimer, who recently retired to North Newton after careers in Ohio, Richard as a professor of economics at the College of Wooster and Lois as a nurse.

Bethel’s new fund is invested with Mennonite Education Agency, along with other, similar funds held by Mennonite colleges.

Screenings for the SRI fund include abortion, adult entertainment, alcohol, firearms, gambling, nuclear power, predatory lending, tobacco and weapons production, along with human rights and environment records.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2015-16 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2015-16. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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