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Research and publications

Core to Commonfund’s mission is a commitment to conduct and publish proprietary research and analysis and to share best practices in governance and investment management through a variety of publications throughout the year.  Some of the publications include: 

  • INSIGHT for Strategic Investors | Commonfund’s highly acclaimed magazine, published twice annually with content focused on a broad range of institutional investment and policy issues of particular importance to trustees, senior investment executives and financial staff at nonprofit institutions, pension funds, family offices and related institutional investors.
  • NACUBO - Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE) | An annual peer review of nonprofit institutions detailing their asset allocation, spending, performance, and governance strategies.  In a historic partnership beginning in 2009, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Commonfund Institute combined their respective endowment studies to conduct a joint benchmark study for educational endowments.
  • Commonfund Benchmarks Studies® | Commonfund Institute continues to provide its own annual studies for foundations, healthcare organizations and operating charities, as well as customized studies for participants.
  • White Papers and Monographs | Investment research reports and white papers developed and published throughout the year by our investment personnel and senior staff.  These research reports cover topics such as portfolio planning, investment policy setting, the current market environment as well as economic and political developments affecting nonprofit organizations today.