Industry Knowledge

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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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Estimate for August 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 4, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Now available for download: The August 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through August 21, 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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An Investor’s Guide to Private Equity Today

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

Commonfund recently hosted a panel discussion focused on the current state of private equity and venture capital, with an emphasis on the investor’s perspective of the industry today.

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2018 Study of Foundations Key Highlights [Infographic]

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

For the year ended December 31, 2018, participating private foundations reported an average return of -5.3 percent while participating community foundations reported an average return of -3.5 percent for the same period. In this infographic, we report the key highlights from the 2018 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations. This annual report studies, on average, over 230 private and community foundations that represent over $80 billion in assets.

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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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