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My grandfather lost his battle with colon cancer, however, my mother survived its deathly grasp.  I’ve also watched close friends battle breast cancer live to shine a light on what is often a death sentence.  Yet, even with the strides made in cancer research, there’s still no cure.

You’re wondering what this has to do with personal finance – wait for it.

What if I told you there’s an investment firm where 40% of  its profits go to a bio-medical research institution?  In my world, you don’t exactly hear about that every day.

Allow me to introduce you to American Century Investments

While checking this company out over the weekend, I was thoroughly impressed with the way they run the business.  This is in addition to their commitment to finding answers to some of life’s most baffling and infuriating diseases – most notable and personal to me –  cancer research.


Here’s a bit about their background:

Jim Stowers, Jr. founded American Century Investments® in 1958 to help people improve their financial position. . Jim and Virginia dedicated their personal assets to create the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which is dedicated to improving quality of life by researching and uncovering the causes, treatment, and prevention of gene-based diseases. Jim Stowers was a cancer survivor, as is his wife, so they felt first-hand the fear and loneliness that come with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. So it was natural for them to think about how to offer help and hope to others facing cancer and other diseases.

Even if you’ve been lucky enough to have cancer not touch your life in some way – who wouldn’t want to be connected to a company that makes an impact on the lives of others in such a profound manner?


More than 40 percent of American Century Investments profits have been distributed to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit basic biomedical research organization.

The Institute is the controlling owner of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments totaling over $1.2 billion since 2000. Their research fulfills the greater good of all because of the way they are and will impact lives. The lives of loved ones and future generations to come depend on this kind of research.

In business, I tend to seek out ways in which I connect with a brand, business, business partner or colleague.  For me, there just has to be a connection to make it work.

Can you blame me?  Look at what I do for a living, it’s no surprise that this is super important to me.

Still, putting personal connection aside, when choosing to work with a company like American Century Investments, it has to make smart financial sense.  And in taking a look at their long term performance and commitment to meeting client needs they’re right up my alley.

This is an asset management company that I’d feel comfortable with handing over my hard earned coins.  Reputation and overall commitment to client satisfaction are all points they hit home on for me.

What are your thoughts?  How do you feel about an asset management firm funding a bio-medical research institution.  I think it’s pretty darn cool.

This post brought to you by American Century Investments. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds.

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