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United Church Funds Names Matthew Illian as Director of Responsible Investing

By Guest Contributor | July 24, 2020

United Church Funds (UCF) is pleased to welcome Matthew J. Illian as its new Director of Responsible Investing. Illian comes to UCF from the Virginia-based impact investment firm VestedIn — where he served as Impact Finance Advisor since 2016 — as well as the Virginia Impact Investing Forum, of which he served as Executive Director…

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Meaningful Connections Contribute to Improved Health and Longer Lives

By Guest Contributor | May 29, 2020

By Alissa Paolella, communications coordinator for United Church Homes* In the past 50 years, research into loneliness and social isolation has skyrocketed. Breakthroughs in genetics and immunology allow researchers to measure, with great precision, the impact of loneliness on long-term physical and psychological health. It’s become a known, universal problem, one the U.S. Department of…

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LeadingAge: Contact Congress Today for Aging Services Relief

By Guest Contributor | May 14, 2020

From LeadingAge: Congress is considering the next major coronavirus relief package. NOW is the time to make your voice heard as the House of Representatives has started introducing key provisions. We are pleased with key provisions in the new Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the HEROES Act, but want to ensure…

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McCloskey, Phillips to Bid Farewell to United Church Funds

By Guest Contributor | May 14, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that United Church Funds prepares to bid farewell to two long-time and well-loved executives who are leaving us to pursue professional opportunities elsewhere. Katie McCloskey, Director, Social Responsibility, joined the UCF team in 2012 after working in not-for-profit and humanitarian fields, including six years at the Pension Boards-UCC. During her…

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United Church Funds-Led Shareholder Resolutions Receive Support at Two Pharmaceutical Companies’ Annual Meetings

By Guest Contributor | May 14, 2020

United Church Funds recently coordinated shareholder resolutions at two pharmaceutical companies so that their boards can better serve the corporations and their clients. A shareholder resolution with Gilead Sciences, Inc. that received 43.4 percent support at Gilead’s annual general meeting on May 6, 2020, requested the company to separate the position of the Chair of…

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COVID-19 Pandemic: This is a Marathon We’re Running

By Guest Contributor | May 8, 2020

By Leslie Yerkes, president, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc. This is a marathon — have you done the training? Smarter people than me have said that “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” (Benjamin Franklin). Unfortunately, when the crisis arises, the time to plan is minimal. If you didn’t do it when you could…

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United Church Funds Among Investors Calling on Pharma Companies to Work Collaboratively to Fight COVID-19

By Guest Contributor | April 21, 2020
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United Church Funds, and other investor members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility have sent letters to the CEOs of 14 pharmaceutical companies calling for a collaborative approach in the development of health technologies, including diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine in the global fight against COVID-19. The letter was sent to AbbVie (ABBV), Amgen…

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United Church Funds and UCC Cornerstone Fund Create Online Videos for Church Leaders

By Guest Contributor | April 6, 2020

The Rev. Charles Buck, president and CEO of United Church Funds (UCF), has announced a new series of 10-minute video resources produced in conjunction with the UCC’s Cornerstone Fund. The two financial ministries have created the videos specifically for church leaders and members dealing with financial matters: 10 Best Practices for a Financially Healthy Congregation…

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Advocates Called to Stay Connected

By Guest Contributor | March 24, 2020

From Sandy Sorensen, Director, D.C. Office, United Church of Christ. Reprinted with permission. Visit CHHSM’s Advocacy page for more resources. Dear Advocates, Like you, we in the D.C. office are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our community and congregations. Although we are not working from our office next to the Capitol, we are…

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Medicare and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

By Guest Contributor | March 24, 2020

By Seema Verma, Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the pandemic. We’re warning Medicare beneficiaries that scammers may try to use this emergency to steal their Medicare…

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