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Commonfund Institute

Participate in the Independent School Survey

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Oct 31, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

A key resource for Independent School business officers and fiduciaries, it generates insight on investment and governance practices. Participants receive a free copy.

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Viewpoint: Actions Speak Louder than Data

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 6, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

In this Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations viewpoint, it's about analyzing and interpreting the data we've collected. What do they tell us? What trends are emerging? How are private and community foundations alike and how do they differ? We have identified five areas where there are gaps between what the data say foundations are doing and what they may want to do based on generally accepted principles of endowment management.

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Estimate for August 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 4, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Now available for download: The August 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through August 21, 2019. The HEPI estimate is calculated with available year-to-date data points coupled with a forecast of remaining numbers based on historical data.

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2018 Study of Foundations Key Highlights [Infographic]

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

For the year ended December 31, 2018, participating private foundations reported an average return of -5.3 percent while participating community foundations reported an average return of -3.5 percent for the same period. In this infographic, we report the key highlights from the 2018 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations. This annual report studies, on average, over 230 private and community foundations that represent over $80 billion in assets.

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Estimate for June 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Jun 20, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Now available for download: The June 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.7 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through June 15, 2019. The HEPI estimate is calculated with available year-to-date data points coupled with a forecast of remaining numbers based on historical data.

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) April 2019 Estimate

Posted by Commonfund Institute on May 15, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Now available for download: The first 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through April 30, 2019. The HEPI estimate is calculated with available year-to-date data points coupled with a forecast of remaining numbers based on historical data.

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Forum 2019 Attendee Statistics [Infographic]

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Apr 2, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Commonfund recently hosted its 21st annual Commonfund Forum in Orlando, Florida. The event brought together institutional investors to engage in a two-day conference to explore cyclical trends and tactical opportunities that can help support the missions of their institutions.

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Viewpoint: Looking Back, Moving Forward – A Decade of Insight from CSIS

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Mar 19, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Spending Policy

Fiscal 2009 was an epochal year. In March, the stock market decline wrought by the financial crisis and Great Recession reached its nadir as investors sensed the worst had passed. With the turn in the equity market, the seeds were sown for the bull market that continued to and through fiscal 2018. Thus, 10 years on, it is useful to look back on the period that began in FY2009 to understand the trends that can be discerned from a decade of data based on the Commonfund Study of Independent Schools (CSIS).

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Study of Independent Schools Key Findings [Infographic]

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Mar 12, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Schools participating in the Commonfund Benchmarks Study® of Independent Schools (CSIS) for the 2018 fiscal year reported an average return (net of fees) on their endowment assets of 7.4 percent. The 2018 fiscal year covers the period from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. In this infographic, we have highlighted the key findings from the study.

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2018 Commonfund Benchmarks Study® of Independent Schools (CSIS) Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Feb 27, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Commonfund Study of Independent Schools reports 7.4% return on endowment assets for FY2018. Investment result is lower compared to previous year, but long-term returns generally improve . . .

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