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A Different Story

Stories about money and passion are nothing new. In fact, the combination of the two often yields enticing headlines. However, American Century Investments® story is one about passion for helping people—to become more financially independent and to give back something that’s more valuable than money.

Learn more about doing good when you’re fortunate enough to do well.

The Stowers' Act of Giving Back Paves the Way for Clients to Make an Impact

1958

Small Beginnings, Big Dreams

With two funds, three employees, 24 clients and $100K—James E. Stowers Jr. launches what is now American Century Investments.

1970s

Innovation Kicks In

Jim Stowers develops one of the first computer-driven stock screening processes—an innovative move that pays off for clients.

1980s

Growth & Inspiration

As American Century grows, Jim battles cancer. From facing the disease, the Stowers are inspired to give hope to others.

1990s

Connecting Health & Wealth

Jim and Virginia Stowers endow the Stowers Institute for Medical Research  from their personal fortune.

Virginia Stowers undergoes breast cancer surgery—reinforcing the couples' resolve to invest in medical research.

2000s

Culture of Giving Back

American Century Foundation is created to fund charities. Following the Stowers' lead, employees give back in the community.

The Stowers' vision is realized with the opening of the Institute. Later, BioMed Valley Discoveries  opens to develop treatments.

Jim and Virginia Stowers sign the Giving Pledge, instituted by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Jim and Virginia Stowers are among the first 40 people to sign the Giving Pledge, giving more than 99% of their wealth to medical research. The pledge was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to set a new standard of generosity and philanthropy to address some of society’s most pressing issues. The Stowers’ pledge ranked 9th on Forbes’ 2011 list of the world’s biggest givers.

2010s

Recognition & Promising Relationships

American Century and the Institute receive the Financial Services Cares Award for the roles they play in the fight against cancer.

BioMed Valley Discoveries, with Johns Hopkins Institute, announces promising results using tumor-destroying bacteria.

Nomura Holdings acquires a non-controlling economic interest in American Century, which expands each firm’s opportunities to reach new clients and offer a broader range of solutions.

American Century launches the Avantis Investors® brand to offer a new suite of broadly diversified, tax-efficient and cost-effective equity and fixed income solutions. 

2020s

Resilience & Sustainability

American Century is the first asset manager to bring investors actively managed, semitransparent ETFs. 

Addressing growing demand for sustainable investments, American Century launches first active environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs and with Nomura introduces first sustainable impact emerging markets equity strategy. 

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