Governance and Policy

Outsourcing: Writing Your RFP

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 23, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Outsourced Investing

Once an institution decides to pursue the outsourced CIO or investment office option, it usually leads to the creation of a request for proposal, or RFP...

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Traits of High-performing Boards … and Steps Toward Becoming One

Posted by Thomas L. Hyatt, Esq. on Aug 21, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

Boards that are exemplary for their development of and adherence to best governance practices have certain identifiable traits. But this is no accident—they have taken steps to elevate their practices and maintain them at the highest level.

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Back to Basics: The ABCs of Governance

Posted by Thomas L. Hyatt, Esq. on Aug 12, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

Are you on the board of a nonprofit? If so, you have a unique responsibility in that you are a fiduciary. In an increasingly complex world of nonprofit governance, coupled with the range of legal compliance issues confronting boards today, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals...

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The 5 Top Stewardship Imperatives

Posted by Christopher K. Merker on Jul 17, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

Investment Stewardship Academy faculty member, Christopher K. Merker, a financial advisor and director of Private Asset Management at Robert W. Baird & Co., presents the five stewardship imperatives for trustees of nonprofit organizations.

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Higher Education: Philanthropy is an Adjunct, Sensible Public Policy Deserves Tenure

Posted by George Suttles on Jul 8, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

Colleges and universities are straining to identify revenue streams apart from raising tuition to sustain their business model, but these strategies, including philanthropy, cannot substitute for public policy that adequately funds the higher education system. The ethical consideration here is that flawed policy continues to

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Study of Independent Schools

Posted by Commonfund on Feb 27, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

The Commonfund Benchmarks Study of independent Schools provides an analysis of the investment and governance policies and practices of U.S. independent day and boarding schools.

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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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Commonfund Launches Diversity Office

Posted by Commonfund on Nov 15, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | People

Commonfund, a prominent asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today the launch of its Diversity Office (“The Office”). By fostering an environment that values different perspectives, challenges conventional thinking and maximizes the potential of all employees, The Office...

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Viewpoint:
The Long of It

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 17, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Spending Policy

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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Study of Healthcare

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 11, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

The Commonfund Benchmarks Study–Healthcare Report provides an analysis of investment & governance policies & practices of healthcare organizations.

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