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Industry Knowledge

2020 Investor Survey: Private Markets Sentiment

Posted by Ralph P. Money on Jan 13, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Private Capital

For the third year in a row, Commonfund Capital conducted a year-end annual survey of institutional investors to gauge their sentiment about...

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Chart of the Month | Election Year Market Trends

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Jan 8, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Market Commentary

As we enter the 12th year of economic expansion since the Great Financial Crisis, investors continue to wonder whether 2020 will be the year when...

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2019 HEPI Report Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 23, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data from the annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) show that inflation for U.S. colleges and universities rose 2.5 percent in fiscal year 2019, a decline from last fiscal year’s 2.9 percent rate and in line with the five-year average of 2.4 percent.

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Released for 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 20, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

The annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) report was released for 2019 showing that inflation for U.S. colleges and universities rose 2.5 percent in fiscal year 2019, a decline from last fiscal year’s 2.9[1] percent rate and in line with the five-year average of 2.4 percent. 

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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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Principles of Investment Stewardship for Nonprofit Organizations

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Nov 22, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

Are you a fiduciary who oversees a long-term investment fund? If so, then your role differs fundamentally from those of other investment fiduciaries. With that in mind, we have published this brochure to examine the key issues and essential principles that you should consider in your decision making process. In it, we examine the 6 Ps of investment stewardship: purpose, policy, portfolio, process, people and perspective. Download your copy today to review these principles and how they relate to your non-profit institution, whether it be educational, a religious or charitable endowment, foundation, hospital asset pool or pension fund.

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Commonfund Forum Goes Global

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 28, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Private Capital

During the week of October 14th, 2019 Commonfund Institute hosted our first Forum outside of the United States in Tokyo, Japan.

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Diversity and Inclusion on Nonprofit Boards is Effective Stewardship

Posted by George Suttles on Oct 10, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Many institutions recognize the need for diversity and inclusion on their boards and investment committees. Diverse and inclusive boards can make more effective decisions, design and deliver appropriate services and initiatives for diverse individuals and communities, and are better able to compete in an era of scarce resources when an increasing number of donors care about diversity within organizations seeking their support. Most recently...

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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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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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