Charity Services

Performance and fees

To give you the best possible charity investment service, we continuously monitor your investment strategy and the performance of your portfolio.

  • Performance that you can count on

    Our aim is to deliver a reliable, consistently strong performance. To illustrate our strong track record we have outperformed the ARC Steady Growth Index, an independent measure, over the past five years.


  • Measuring your own investments

    To understand precisely how your assets are performing, we encourage you to look at a bespoke set of measurements. These can be based on your asset allocation strategy or compared against predetermined objectives, such as inflation.

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Nicola Toyer

Head of Charities

To speak to a specialist about how we can build and manage your charity’s investments, please call us or complete our contact form.

How our fee works

Your single fee

Per year, plus VAT:

  • 0.8% on your first £1.5m
  • 0.4% on the next £3.5m
  • 0.3% thereafter.

Fully inclusive

We do not charge:

  • Commission on transactions
  • For custody or administration
  • For in specie transfers.

Charges kept to a minimum

  • All administration is managed in-house to keep costs low and for greater efficiency
  • We also provide full nominee services at no additional charge.
  • Please be aware FX transactions will incur charges. Please see our rate card for details.

Performance overview

To provide an overview of our past performance, we have taken a composite of discretionary portfolios managed on behalf of our charity clients, all of whom have balanced mandates and would be classified as unconstrained. As at 31st December 2020, the total value of the composite was £1.40bn and there were 175 charities in the sample. 

We have not used ‘model’ or ‘back tested’ numbers, nor have we cherry-picked figures from a single, strongly performing client. Our statistics are a fair reflection of how client portfolios have performed over time, and the figures have been calculated on a true-time weighted basis. 

We show below the performance of our composite against the ARC Sterling Steady Growth Index, Teknometry CIG Charity Fund Universe and, for the longer term, CPI+3% (all annualised on a net-of-fees basis).

ARC Sterling Steady Growth Index 

The ARC Sterling Steady Growth Index represents charity portfolios which exhibit between 60-80% of the volatility of the UK equity market, which we believe is comparable with our composite. ARC Charity Indices (ACI) are independent measures constructed from approximately 1,500 discretionary charity portfolios submitted by over 30 investment houses. 

Teknometry CIG Charity Fund Universe 

The Teknometry CIG Charity Fund Universe was established by Teknometry in partnership with the Charity Investors’ Group (CIG), and Investec Wealth & Investment is proud to be one of the nine founding participant investment firms. The universe is comprised of 1,406 portfolios which represent over £13.2bn of UK charity investment assets. 


Many of our charity clients look to produce a market level of income and to preserve the real value of their investments over the longer term, and therefore for the five year period we have included CPI+3%. 

Annualised total return to March 2021 (net-of-fees)

Charity Team Annualised Investment Performance

Source: Investec Wealth & Investment, Teknometry and ARC (March 2021).
Past performance is not an indicator of future returns.

The Charities Team

For our clients' benefit, we have recruited and retained high calibre fund managers for our specialist Charities Team.

Events and training

Take advantage of our free training and charity education seminars, designed to support your trustees and senior officers.

Read the latest thinking from our Charities Team

Useful documents for Charities

Jargon Buster - definitions of our investment terms explained
Charities Investment Policy Guidelines - Providing trustees with helpful guidance when producing a written investment policy document
Responsible Investing and Sustainability at Investec Wealth & Investment

Find out more

Nicola Toyer

Head of Charities

To speak to a specialist about how we can build and manage your charity’s investments, please call us or complete our contact form.