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Responsible Investing | Articles

ESG: Principles for Responsible Investment

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are a topic for active discussion in board rooms. Here’s an update on Commonfund’s thoughts and actions and how ESG may relate to you. In general,...

Perspectives | Press Releases

2021 HEPI Report Released

Inflation for U.S. higher education institutions rises 2.7% in fiscal 2021; rate is up from last year’s 1.9% but level with 5-year average WILTON, CT, December 15, 2021 – Data from the annual...

Perspectives | Videos

The Great Reset: The Emerging Age of Re-imagination, Reconnection and Renewal – and Generation RE

A great reset is now upon us. Less obvious is the reality that the world was quietly being reset prior to the pandemic. The rules of business were being rewritten by an extraordinary cadre of...

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Private Equity | Private Equity Insights

Private Markets Year in Review and What's Ahead for 2023

As we leave 2022 behind, CF Private Equity reflects on today's private markets and what the investment environment looks like for investors in the coming year. 2023 marks the beginning of CF Private...
Investment Strategy | Insights Blog

Markets Rally to Close 2022, but Sentiment Remains Dismal

Strong Fourth Quarter for Global Markets Following three quarters of bleak performance, global markets staged a rally to close what was a tumultuous 2022.
Governance And Policy | Videos

Impact and Values-Aligned Investing - Commonfund Coffee Talk

IMpact and Values-aligned investing The second session in our Commonfund Coffee Talk series focuses on the opportunities that foundations have in the impact and values-aligned investing spaces.    ...
Market Commentary | Insights Blog

Year-End Update and 2023 Investment Outlook

Shelter from the Storm Last year I wrote about the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on our personal and professional lives while supply chain woes, rising inflation and high stock market valuations...
Governance And Policy | Videos

The State of Private and Community Foundations - Commonfund Coffee Talk

The State of Private and Community Foundations Our 2022 Commonfund Coffee Talk series kicked off with a focus on the challenges facing private and community foundations, what they are doing to...
Governance And Policy | Insights Blog

Excellent Boards Are Made, Not Born

Boards that are exemplary for their adherence to best governance practices have certain identifiable traits. But this is no accident—they have taken steps to elevate their practices and maintain them...
Perspectives | Insights Blog

Get Cozy This Winter with One of Our Favorite Books!

Commonfund Institute is excited to share our most recent picks for our annual winter reading list, gathered from our Commonfund colleagues. We send you our warmest wishes for the holidays and can’t...
Governance And Policy | Reports And Surveys

Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI)

The annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) report provides an analysis of HEPI and the cost factors associated with the index.
Perspectives | Press Releases

2022 HEPI Report Released

Inflation for U.S. higher education institutions rises 5.2% in fiscal 2022; reaching highest annual rate since 6.0% in 2001 WILTON, Conn., December 15, 2022 – Data from the annual Commonfund Higher...
Investment Strategy | Insights Blog

Supply Chains Take a Wild Ride

In 2021, the word was transitory. This described the expectations of Fed officials and many other prognosticators that elevated inflation would quickly return to the pre-COVID level of at or around 2...
Investment Strategy | Insights Blog

Is Spending Policy the Other “Free Lunch” in Investing?

We believe spending policy not only should influence strategic asset allocation but should be thought of as the other "free lunch" of long-term endowment investing alongside diversification.
Diversity | Insights Blog

Diversity and Inclusion: Ways to Make a Change

Throughout American history, discrimination has not only been ever present, but era-defining. In each of those eras, however, there have been pivotal moments where activists organized, made...