What is Commonfund Institute?

Dedicated to the advancement of investment knowledge and the promotion of best practices in financial management, Commonfund Institute is the center of our education and research activities designed for long-term investors. Through thought leadership and benchmarks studies, conferences and seminars to roundtable discussions and professional development programs, we deliver information on topics, like investment governance and strategic decision making for fiduciaries, through proprietary and third-party research.

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Commonfund’s Educational Opportunities

Investment Stewardship Academy

The Investment Stewardship Academy is an intensive three-day in-person workshop that provides participants with important insights into the investment challenges their organizations face and the information and skills to face them. The sessions at the Stewardship Academy provide an immersion in the essential principles and practices of managing long-term and perpetual capital. The program offers a deep-dive into other relevant topics such as investment policy, DEI, sustainability, portfolio construction, diversification, and more. Participants will learn from top practitioners, academics and industry experts, and network with peers in a series of classroom lectures, discussions, and case studies.

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Commonfund Forum

Commonfund Forum is the must-attend annual conference for institutional investors. The conference delivers timely information, thoughtful analysis and unique perspectives. Each year, Commonfund builds an agenda focused on important themes that drive strategic policy decisions for institutional investors. Discussions reveal secular trends and cyclical opportunities to help you support and sustain the obligations and mission of your organization. 

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Regional Events

In-person gatherings held in cities throughout the U.S. with a focus on the economy and markets, investment strategies and governance.


An ongoing series of webcasts addressing timely topics and, often, rapidly changing developments of interest to institutional investors.

Commonfund Institute Online

Our online learning platform - “Commonfund Institute Online” - provides a convenient way to access a variety of learning opportunities, designed specifically for long-term investors on topics that matter most, such as governance and best practices, investment policy, ESG, risk management, DEI and more. The platform also provides opportunities to earn continuing education credits (CPE) and allows multiple professionals from the same organization to take advantage of the learning opportunities.

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Commonfund Benchmarks Studies

Looking for information on nonprofit investment governance policies and practices? We’ve conducted comprehensive benchmarks studies that detail the investment and governance trends across various segments of the nonprofit sector. Learn more about our studies and find out how you can participate.

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Higher Education Price Index (HEPI)

There’s a lot to consider when planning for the future of your educational budget, but we’ve created a tool to make the process simpler: an inflation index designed specifically to track the main cost drivers in higher education. Find out how our free tool can help you understand your budget and the funding you need to maintain real purchasing power.

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CASE Commonfund College and University Foundation Award

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Commonfund has been a partner and supporter of CASE for the past several decades. Our aligned missions of serving educational institutions and enhancing resources for ongoing financial success are often advanced through support of professional development. As a result, in 2001 we joined together to create the ‘CASE Commonfund College and University Foundation Award’. The Award recognizes individuals who’ve made valuable contributions to the college and university field through best practices, distinguished service and/or volunteer leadership. It is presented each year at the annual CASE Conference for College and University Foundations.

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