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Investment Strategy

Observations on Diverse Manager Selection Across Asset Classes

Posted by Jason Casey, Caroline Greer on Jul 29, 2020

Topic: Diversity | Governance and Policy | Investment Strategy

At Commonfund, we believe diverse managers offer clients access to investment talent and valuable investment opportunities and therefore...

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Commonfund Xchange: Cultural Institutions and the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Commonfund on Jul 13, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

In this webcast replay, recognized investment and finance experts from leading organizations shared their experience and insights . . .

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Changing the Conversation on College and University Resources

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Jun 30, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy

William Massy has spent his entire career at the intersection of academia and administration, as a microeconomist; professor, dean and CFO at Stanford...

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Estimate for June 2020

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Jun 26, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy

Now available for download: The June 2020 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to fall to 2.2 percent in fiscal year 2020, based on data available year-to-date through June 23, 2020. 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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Enhancing Investment Stewardship with Fund Governance Analytics

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Jun 25, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy

Strong board performance is critical for every organization dedicated to achieving its mission, which is why Commonfund Institute makes it our mission to advance best investment stewardship practices. We were delighted to present Christopher Merker, co-Founder and Executive Director of Fund Governance Analytics and co-Author of The Trustee Governance Guide: The Five Imperatives of 21st Century Investing. Chris' research demonstrates that the best run organizations outperform their peers nearly 2 to 1.

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Increasing Giving During COVID-19: Thoughts for Philanthropy

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Jun 22, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy

The Council on Foundations has acted to support its members, their nonprofit partners, and the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts...

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Balancing Risk and Return

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 11, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Risk Management

While risk and return constitute the axes upon which investment portfolios are built, return is almost always given primacy in investment policy statements (IPSs) and frequently becomes the main driver of decisions that shape the portfolio. So, how do you balance risk and return objectives in your investment policy?

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Nonprofit Leaders Spotlight | Rochelle Witharana, Chief Financial Officer, California Wellness Foundation

Posted by George Suttles on May 26, 2020

Topic: Diversity | Investment Strategy | People

With nearly $1 billion in assets, The California Wellness Foundation, is one of California’s largest public health philanthropic institutions . . .

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Seven Ways to Diversify Your Private Capital Portfolio

Posted by Commonfund on May 22, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Private Capital

A strong private capital program requires consistent, diversified investing over time. Investors may obtain meaningful diversification in a number of ways. Here are seven ways to diversify your private capital portfolio...

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Stewarding Endowments Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Timothy T. Yates, Jr., Steve Snyder on May 4, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Investment Strategy

Partnering with NBOA, Tim Yates and Steve Snyder of Commonfund review the current environment and concerns specific to independent schools. With over 32,000 private schools closing their doors as a result of COVID-19, we look at implications to asset allocation, spending and liquidity needs in the near future. As well as how schools can best prepare for the uncertainty going forward.

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