Creating A Powerful Force For Good

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When I met Pete he was a Financial Adviser and I was a Financial Services Manager.

To say that money talk was a big part of our lives would be an understatement. We both really enjoyed (and still do) planning for our financial future. Now that those days and careers are long gone, we have new discussions. 

Now that Maddie is a little over a year away from going to college, and Emmy just started school last year, our goals and plans have changed from what they once were.  Not just that, but we have matured beyond just thinking of our own family’s future, we now see ourselves as global citizens.  When we think of our long term financial goals, we also think of our obligation to the next generation of all people. This forward thinking has us going from just thoughts of retirement and investment plans, to finding a way that our plans can help others, especially when it comes to medical advances.  sisters

Pete and I have both been touched by cancer in our families and other medical needs in us personally, so this is an area of special interest to us both.

Because of this, when we heard about American Century Investments, we both thought it was something we wanted to learn more about. Let me tell you why. American Century Investments is a leading privately held investment management firm, committed to delivering superior investment performance and building long-term client relationships since its founding in 1958. 

But what really caught our eye was how it all started… American Century founders, the late James Stowers Jr. (Jim) and his wife, Virginia are both cancer survivors. Jim and Virginia dedicated their personal fortune to improving human health through basic biomedical research by founding the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 1994.

In an unparalleled act of generosity, they created a $2 billion endowment for the Institute, comprised of cash gifts and a more than 40 percent equity ownership stake in American Century Investments. As such, American Century Investments global asset management firm’s controlling owner is the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. More than 40 percent of American Century Investments’ profits have been distributed to the institute. Since 2000, the institute has received dividend payments totaling over $1.2 billion (Learn more about Jim Stowers and his legacy.)

After reading more, we feel that investing with American Century Investments helps you make an impact because you’re investing with a firm that supports lifesaving medical research. Knowing that our actions can help others today, and in the future is pretty powerful.  It sets an example of lifetime forward thinking for our girls. When we travel our goal is to broaden their horizons and teach them about global thinking, beyond our neighborhood. This would be a natural extension of that goal. To show them that one simple step can have a long and far reaching effect while still planning for our own family’s future.

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What are your investment goals?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Well, my husband is an accountant, so he handles all that stuff for us. I am thankful he understands it all.

  • When you have kids, all your goals will change. You will find yourself thinking and concerned about the world around you and your family. Especially since one day they will be the ones left in this life. So you want to leave them in a better world, a safer one. It’s good that you chose to invest in a company that helps people, that’s really the best we can do.

  • I have always been hesitant to invest and take risks. I am slowly getting used to the idea of investing money and taking small risks. It’s something I wish I did much sooner.

  • That is an unparalleled level of generosity. it’s wonderful when you learn about conributions like this that are being made.

  • That is so wonderful! I’m interested to learn about them, as they are significantly different than most funds. I wonder how it is working for them.

  • It’s so nice to know that they support medical research. I like seeing philanthropic companies like American Century Investments.

  • We are very focused on our son’s education right now. He is only on second grade, but the high school we want him to go to is very expensive so we are starting a IRA for that alone. We have our retirement stuff started, but I do want more there also.

  • Wow – what a moving story behind the idea of American Century. I will have to look into this for our own investments. Now that we have a baby, we have begun to approach our financial futures more seriously than we have previously.

  • It’s great to see that they cover medical research. Thank you for sharing this post.

  • I save for my boys future and I with my husband being deceased and for my 401(k). I really need to look more into investments and saving. This is very helpful information! Thank you for sharing!

  • its nice that your doing this to make and help other people too! such a good act i’m sure your family will have a good karma for helping others and healthy family

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