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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

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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What’s in the Data? HEPI 2018 Highlights

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 26, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy

Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) 2018 shows that inflation for colleges and universities was 2.8 percent for fiscal year 2018, a decline from last year’s 3.3 percent but higher than the average for the preceding five fiscal years. Additionally, costs rose in all eight components tracked by HEPI. HEPI is an inflation index designed specifically for use by institutions of higher education. Compiled from data reported by government agencies and industry sources, HEPI measures the average relative level in the price of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by colleges and universities each year through current fund educational and general expenditures, excluding research. Highlights of the 2018 Study ....

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2018 HEPI Report Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 10, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data from the annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) show that inflation for U.S. colleges and universities rose 2.8 percent in fiscal year 2018, a decline from last fiscal year’s 3.3 percent rate but higher than...

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Commonfund Forum 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Nov 28, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Provocative discussion and debate on investment and governance issues that will help one make better decisions - and make a difference for your institution.

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Viewpoint:
The Long of It

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 17, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

Endowments, like the organizations they support, are generally intended to operate in perpetuity. To accomplish this goal, those responsible for endowments—trustees or directors—make decisions based not on myopic thinking or daily machinations in the financial markets, but on the unique...

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7 Major Findings – Commonfund Benchmarks Study of Healthcare Organizations

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 11, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Participants in the latest Commonfund Benchmarks Study® of Healthcare Organizations reported an average investable asset pool of $2.1 billion as of December 31, 2017, and median investable assets of $987.0 million as of the same date. The Study separates data from the 56 participants into three size cohorts: institutions with investable assets over $1 billion; those with investable assets between $501 million and $1 billion; and those with investable assets under $501 million. Following is a summary of the major findings in the report.

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2017 CSHO Study of Healthcare Organizations Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 11, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

The 56 nonprofit healthcare organizations participating in the 2016-2017 Commonfund Benchmarks Study® Healthcare Organizations Report reported a return on investable assets of 13.2 percent for 2017, the highest return since 13.3 percent reported for 2013...

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