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What’s the Difference? Time-Weighted Return vs. Internal Rate of Return

Investors often ask about the difference between time-weighted return (“TWR”) and internal rate of return (“IRR”). In general, TWR is used by the investment industry to measure the performance of...

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...

Outsourced Cio | Videos

Asset Allocation and Risk - Commonfund Coffee Talk

ASSET ALLOCATION AND RISK | LOOKING BEYOND VOLATILITY Our second Coffee Talk focused on asset allocation and risk, and the key factors and inputs that maximize the likelihood of achieving...

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Governance And Policy | Insights Blog

Asset Allocation: Controlling for the Variables

Our 2021 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations marked our 10th year in collaboration with Council on Foundations and the Commonfund Institute to measure, analyze and document the...
Diversity | Insights Blog

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Resource Guide

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Spanish: Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana) is an annual celebration commemorating the history, contributions, and culture of U.S. Latino and Hispanic communities....
Governance And Policy | Insights Blog

Research Shows 10-Year Returns for Foundations Reach Highest Point

Our 2021 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations marked our 10th year in collaboration with Council on Foundations and the Commonfund Institute to measure, analyze and document the...
Governance And Policy | Insights Blog

Better Benchmarking: What Makes Your Institution Unique Matters

There is no doubt that benchmarking is a good practice for institutions to follow – we publish studies each year for various nonprofit sectors for that reason. While we think that benchmarking is...
Manager Spotlight | Spotlight

Richard Turnley, III Chats about Channing Capital Management, LLC

Commonfund Director, Betsy Wilson, interviews Richard Turnley, III, Director of Channing Capital Management, LLC in this Commonfund Manager Spotlight.
Perspectives | Insights Blog

Study of Foundations Key Highlights [Infographic]

For the year ended December 31, 2021, participating private foundations reported an average return of 16.3 percent while participating community foundations reported an average return of 14.8 percent...
Risk Management | Insights Blog

Four Hot Topics of Operational Support

Middle and back office operational support is often considered the glue that keeps organizations on track. While perhaps not the most glamorous of topics, the oversight of accounting, tax reporting,...
Investment Strategy | Insights Blog

Why Does Blockchain Matter?

We believe there is a generational platform shift underway in technology and its magnitude of impact could be as transformational as was the birth of the internet — and it is transparent,...
Perspectives | Press Releases

2021 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations Released

Security of Foundations’ Missions Strengthened by Good Investment Returns in 2021, National Study Reports
Manager Spotlight | Spotlight

David Kim Talks About His Path to Becoming Founder of Ghost Tree Capital

Commonfund Managing Director, John Delano, interviews David Kim, Founder and CIO of Ghost Tree Capital in this Commonfund Manager Spotlight.
Private Equity | Insights Blog

Investing into Energy Security

On February 24, 2022, Russia fired the first shots of its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, setting off a cascade of global changes that systemically altered the world order. The horrific humanitarian...
Governance And Policy | Insights Blog

Key Governance Factors for Higher Education Prove to Be Quantifiable

A board self-assessment is one of the most commonly used tools to evaluate how effectively a board performs. The purpose of a board self-assessment is to help board members analyze their present and...