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Commonfund Institute

Commonfund Institute is the focal point for Commonfund’s educational and professional development activities, research programs, publications, and communications.

The Institute was founded to house the education and research activities of Commonfund and to provide the nonprofit community with investment information and professional development programs. It is dedicated to the advancement of investment knowledge and the promotion of best practices in financial management

Commonfund Institute provides a wide variety of resources, including conferences, seminars and roundtables. Among the primary programs sponsored by Commonfund Institute are

  • The Commonfund Forum – the premier annual investment management conference for senior investment officers and trustees.
  • The Endowment Institute – an intensive, week-long seminar for trustees and senior investment and financial officers of nonprofit organizations, taught by leading academics and practitioners.
  • The Treasury Institute for Higher Education – sponsoring seminars, meetings, publications and other tools to foster best practices in treasury management.
  • Regional Investment Management and Governance Seminars and Trustee Roundtables – one-day seminars and luncheon meetings conducted in locations close to our clients’ places of work.
  • The NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE) – the largest and most comprehensive survey of investment and governance practices at institutions of higher education, produced in collaboration with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
  • The Commonfund Benchmarks Study®– targeted, industry-specific annual surveys of investment and treasury management practices, policies and trends at nonprofit institutions.
  • The Commonfund Higher Education Price Index– the most accurate indicator of cost changes for higher education.
  • The Commonfund Prize for the best contribution to endowment research.
  • Insight, articles, white papers and other written materials on issues of importance to investment officers of nonprofit organizations.