Governance and Policy

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 | 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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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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Viewpoint: The Gift of (Relative) Calm

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 16, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

The calamities known as the financial crisis and Great Recession are now a decade in the past. But far from fading into history, the memories remain fresh. And we are reminded of those days regularly (headline from a recent New York Times: “Biggest Banks Easily Pass Fed Stress Test").

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Study of Foundations

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 9, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

The CCSF study provides an authoritative and comprehensive survey of private and community foundation investment and governance practices.

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Inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report and 2018 Mid-Year Letter

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson, Commonfund on Jul 12, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

We are pleased to share with you our inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report. Since our founding in 1971, Commonfund has pursued a singular mission – to enhance the financial resources of our clients by delivering exceptional performance, service and insight. Beyond our focus on investment excellence . . .

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Viewpoint:
Being Objective

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Feb 22, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

Every year, the NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments® (NCSE) reports new data—on investment returns, asset allocation, risk management, donations and gifts, and much more. But some data points are relatively static. In this Viewpoint we will dive deeper into long-term return objectives and the investment policies that support the objectives of the endowment.

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When Leaks Turn into Floods:
Challenges Facing Higher Education

Posted by Timothy T. Yates, Jr. on Jan 19, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Operating Assets | Outsourced Investing | Risk Management

2017’s tax legislation is the latest in a growing list of challenges facing higher education. The new excise taxes on endowment earnings of the largest private universities, coupled with...

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