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. From conferences and seminars to roundtable discussions and professional development programs, we deliver information on topics like endowments and governance through proprietary and third-party research.

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Commonfund’s Educational Opportunities

Investment Stewardship Academy

The Investment Stewardship Academy is a workshop that provides participants with important insights into the investment challenges their organizations face and the information and skills to handle them. The sessions provide an immersion in the essential principles and practices of managing long-term and perpetual capital. It offers a foundation in policy, portfolios, and processes, and practical experience via a simulated committee meeting. You will learn from top practitioners, academics and 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. This year, our program will be entirely virtual allowing attendees the flexibility to attend live sessions as well as on-demand content.

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Virtual and in-person luncheon meetings 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

Commonfund’s first ever online learning platform called “Commonfund Institute Online” will launch in fall 2021 and provide 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 and more.  The platform will also include opportunities to earn continuing education credits and allows multiple professionals from the same organization to take advantage of the learning opportunities.


Commonfund Benchmarks Studies

Looking for financial information or policy practices related to nonprofits? We’ve conducted comprehensive studies that detail the investment and governance trends of some of the leading nonprofit institutions in the US. Read the surveys and find out how you can participate in upcoming studies.

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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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