Industry Knowledge

2018 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations (CCSF) Released

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 15, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data gathered in the 2018 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that investment returns for participating private and community foundations declined to mid-single-digit losses in 2018 from double-digit gains in 2017.

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Recession – Maybe This Time is Different

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Aug 1, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

The July Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting signaled the end of central bank rate normalization with the first rate cut in more than a decade . . .

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Commonfund Hosts Girls Who Invest at NYC Event

Posted by Rachel Clivaz, Commonfund on Jul 19, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Partners | People

Girls Who Invest (GWI) is an organization focused on bringing more women into the field of asset management, a goal that Commonfund strongly supports...

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The Case for Using the Higher Education Price Index® (HEPI) to Define Inflation for Colleges

Posted by George Suttles on Jun 24, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

When calculating return targets for an endowment portfolio, a conventional piece of the equation is often the Consumer Price Index (CPI). CPI plus 5% is...

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Estimate for June 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Jun 20, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Now available for download: The June 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.7 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through June 15, 2019. The HEPI estimate is calculated with available year-to-date data points coupled with a forecast of remaining numbers based on historical data.

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Investment Manager Fees Part II: Creating Alignment

Posted by Kristofer Kwait on Jun 17, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

A favorable fee arrangement should make sense and foster positive outcomes for both our clients and managers. One approach might be to pay for...

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Nonprofit Hospitals –
Big Business in Nonprofit Clothing?

Posted by George Suttles on Jun 17, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Studies have shown that some nonprofit hospitals do not act like nonprofits, especially when the economy is doing poorly. As nonprofit hospital’s finances get more challenging, they may not be willing to offer services that are less profitable but greatly needed. This is Part Two in our three-part series of thought pieces, in which the Commonfund Institute will contemplate ever evolving ethical considerations among nonprofit institutions pulled right from current events.

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Summer Reading from the Stewardship Academy Faculty

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Jun 11, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

As the last week of June approaches, investment stewards begin to prepare for summer - a time for relaxing, reflecting, and reading. We asked faculty members from the Investment Stewardship Academy, being held at the Yale School of Management from June 24-28th, to recommend books that you should have on your summer reading list. Whether you prefer hardcover or digital, poolside or portside, learning or escaping, our faculty has a great book or two for you.

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Museums and Cultural Institutions

Posted by George Suttles on Jun 5, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it would no longer take donations from members of the Sackler family, the ultra-high net worth family that owns the large pharmaceutical company responsible for Oxycontin. Although public scrutiny of trustees and politically driven protests of museums are not new, a mainstream museum or cultural institution outright refusing to accept a gift that is deemed misaligned with its values is exceptional. The current socio-political climate have magnified scrutiny and increased the importance of ethical considerations of stewardship..

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Commonfund Forum: A Carbon Neutral Event in 2019

Posted by Tony Ialeggio on May 23, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we made our annual client conference, Commonfund Forum, a carbon neutral event for the first time in 2019...

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