A hallmark of the Sisters of Mercy, dating back to Catherine McAuley, has been compassion for others. This spirit of compassion spurs us to contribute to solutions and opportunities that will foster equity and dignity for all. This year, aligned with the Critical Concerns, Mercy Investment Services launched the Inclusive Opportunities Fund (IOF). The fund invests in groups who have been shut out of traditional capital markets and overlooked by mainstream investors including: funds owned and/or led by women, people of color and other disenfranchised groups; racial, gender, and other diverse-owned founders and/or diverse-led managers; companies addressing the unmet needs of underserved populations and/or communities seeking responsible social and economic inclusion in the developing world. The IOF has made two initial investments in Fiscal 2023, with more to come.

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