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Governance and Policy

Changing the Conversation on College and University Resources

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Jun 30, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy

William Massy has spent his entire career at the intersection of academia and administration, as a microeconomist; professor, dean and CFO at Stanford...

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AGB and Commonfund Announce New Strategic Partnership

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 4, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) today announced a new strategic partnership with Commonfund that will enhance AGB’s programming and resources for investment management at a critical time for endowments. Commonfund’s expertise will help AGB members navigate the current crisis and position themselves for a strong recovery and future growth.

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Commonfund Xchange: Stewarding Foundations Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Commonfund on May 14, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

During this webcast, recognized experts from leading organizations shared their experience and insights . . .

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Stewardship During This Crisis: Five Things for Boards to Consider

Posted by George Suttles on May 11, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Governance and Policy

As the world continues to grapple with the social, economic, and public health implications of the current COVID-19 crisis, nonprofit organizations . . .

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Five Key Points of the Investment Policy Statement

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Apr 29, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

The central document guiding the management of a nonprofit institution’s endowment is the investment policy statement (IPS). The IPS should be specific, embodying in concrete terms the best thinking of the board of trustees about the investment pool, its goals and its purposes; but it also needs to be sufficiently flexible to guide the board through environments...

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Intergenerational Equity and Sustainable Investing

Posted by George Suttles on Apr 24, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy | Responsible Investing

Intergenerational equity was defined by economist James Tobin in 1974. He wrote, “The trustees of endowed institutions are the guardians of the future . . .

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Video: Higher Ed in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by Commonfund on Apr 6, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Governance and Policy | Investment Strategy

Commonfund convenes an expert panel to take on the short- and intermediate-term threats that higher education confronts in the face of a national . . .

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How Can Trustees Achieve Intergenerational Equity in the Face of Rising Costs?

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Apr 2, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

Why and how the HEPI matters to trustees and how they can and should employ it to achieve intergenerational equity.

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10 Tips for Stewarding People Remotely

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Mar 19, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

At a time when institutional leaders need to be gathering virtually and making themselves available for interim meetings and conference calls, we wanted to share a video from Professor Steven Rogelberg, UNC Charlotte, that provides tips to make remote meetings work - a critical component in stewarding people remotely.

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Purpose: What is an Endowment?

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Nov 27, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

What is an endowment? A critically important asset for many nonprofit organizations is their endowment, sometimes referred to by a different name such as long-term investment fund. So important is this pool of financial assets that for many institutions it is the difference between fulfilling their missions and being forced to lower their aspirations or even ceasing to operate.

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