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.
Gender lens investing has garnered significant traction in the last decade. Broadly speaking, gender lens investing aims to achieve financial returns and benefit women. Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a key player in the rise of impact investing, outlines...
Lately, there has been quite a bit of hand-wringing by the financial media about the yield curve inversion. It seems that many prognosticators believe...
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.
Investors need to consider both internal and external factors in deciding how to structure a private capital portfolio. Finding a structure that matches your organization’s skills, resources and risk tolerance is important. Here are three alternatives to consider....
The annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) report provides an analysis of HEPI and the cost factors...
The Council on Foundations - Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing for Foundations analyzes the investment management and governance practices of U.S. foundations, both private and public. Data is excerpted from the Council on Foundations - Commonfund Study of Foundations (CCSF).
The Commonfund Benchmarks Study–Healthcare Report provides an analysis of investment & governance policies & practices of healthcare organizations.
The Commonfund Benchmarks Study of independent Schools provides an analysis of the investment and governance policies and practices of U.S. independent day and boarding schools.
The CCSF study provides an authoritative and comprehensive survey of private and community foundation investment and governance practices.
Mark Anson, Commonfund Chief Executive Officer and CIO opens Forum 2019 with welcome remarks and a review of the global economy.
In this Forum 2019 general session, Commonfund experts share research into much of the conventional wisdom around institutional portfolio management, with some surprising results into which approaches best position institutions to win in the long term. Discover new ideas that can provoke important discussions for boards and investment committees.
Fiduciaries of nonprofit organizations are entrusted with fulfilling the missions of their organizations in large part through effective stewardship of financial assets. In the 50 years since the Ford Foundation published their game-changing reports, perpetual investing has evolved to include every asset class and strategy. In this Commonfund Forum session, our distinguished panel of CIOs will share their perspectives on portfolio management, the efficacy of the endowment model today and how the leaders of institutions can meet the challenge of stewarding capital into the next 50 years and beyond.
Cari Lodge, Commonfund Capital Head of Secondaries, on “Bloomberg Markets: Americas” today with Vonnie Quinn discusses the growth of the secondaries market. Focusing on the future and opportunities in the space.
Commonfund head of private equity, Mark Hoeing, will discuss views of the private equity market and share research insights into portfolio construction.