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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

2020 HEPI Report Released

Inflation for U.S. Higher Education Institutions rises 1.9% in fiscal 2020, lowest since 2016. WILTON, CT, December 28, 2020 — Data from the annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index® (HEPI)...

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Commonfund Manager Spotlight | Stellex Capital Management

In celebration of Black History Month, Commonfund Institute Executive Director, George Suttles, and Commonfund Director, Nicole Melwood, interview Ray Whiteman, Managing Partner and co-Founder of...

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Commonfund Asset Management Announces Organization Changes

As a leading Outsourced CIO firm serving nonprofit organizations, we consistently re-evaluate our organization and processes looking for opportunities to improve how we work and serve our clients. To...
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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...
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In Remembrance: Verne O. Sedlacek

A Gentle Giant The Commonfund community was shocked and saddened this week by the news of the sudden passing of our former President and CEO, Verne Sedlacek at the age of 67.
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Sky High Valuations Could Spell Weaker Forward Returns

When we look for potential roadblocks that could spoil the breakneck pace of capital markets, the first risk that comes to mind is record-high valuations. While inflation risks have become more...
Governance And Policy | Articles

Diversifying Foundation Boards

The call for private and community foundation boards to embrace and demonstrate diversity at the senior leadership and board level has never been more urgent. Yet, with a growing base...
Governance And Policy | Press Releases

Commonfund Appoints Douglas T. Breeden as Chair of the Board of Trustees

Wilton, CT, December 6, 2021 – The Common Fund for Nonprofit Organizations announced the election of Dr. Douglas T. Breeden as Chair of its Board of Trustees. Effective January 21, 2022, Dr. Breeden...
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Winter Reading List

Get into the holiday spirit with Commonfund Institute’s winter reading and holiday gift-giving list.  This thirteen-title line-up, compiled of recommendations from our Commonfund colleagues, promises...
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Ten Tips for Successful Meetings

On November 9, 2021, Commonfund Institute held its first virtual Investment Stewardship Academy session since the program began nearly 30 years ago. The course focused on committee decision-making...
Private Capital | Articles

Secondaries 2021 – A Buyers’ Market

What was once a nascent market, Secondaries has become both an innovative tool for general partners to hold onto their best assets, “Crown Jewels”, and a provider of liquidity to a formerly illiquid...
Diversity | Insights Blog

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: A Resource Guide

Commonfund, in conjunction with our Native American Heritage Month subcommittee, has created a resource guide to help all of us celebrate the contributions of Native Americans and Indigenous people...
Market Commentary | Insights Blog

Chart of the Month | Fed Remains Patient on Rate Hikes Despite Market Expectations For A More Aggressive Move

In its latest meeting on November 3rd, the Fed announced its decision to begin scaling back its historic bond purchasing program, marking the beginning of the end of the program that was aimed at...
Diversity | Insights Blog

A Message from our CEO - Advancing DEI at Commonfund

Commonfund Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report - A Message from our CEO For the past two years, we have been living in a digital world of Zoom, MS Teams, WebEx and other video formats. It has...