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Diversity and Inclusion on Nonprofit Boards is Effective Stewardship

Posted by George Suttles on Oct 10, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Many institutions recognize the need for diversity and inclusion on their boards and investment committees. Diverse and inclusive boards can make more effective decisions, design and deliver appropriate services and initiatives for diverse individuals and communities, and are better able to compete in an era of scarce resources when an increasing number of donors care about diversity within organizations seeking their support. Most recently...

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Outsourcing: Writing Your RFP

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 23, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Outsourced Investing

Once an institution decides to pursue the outsourced CIO or investment office option, it usually leads to the creation of a request for proposal, or RFP...

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Viewpoint: Actions Speak Louder than Data

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 6, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

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.

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An Investor’s Guide to Private Equity Today

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

Commonfund recently hosted a panel discussion focused on the current state of private equity and venture capital, with an emphasis on the investor’s perspective of the industry today.

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Dynamic Workforce = Dynamic Portfolios

Posted by Commonfund on Apr 23, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

The surprising outcomes when diverse groups and homogeneous groups tackle the same problem...

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The Global Economy and the Return of Risk

Posted by Commonfund on Apr 11, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

How to think about tariffs, deficits, valuations, leverage, growth and other issues. What signals should institutions be mindful of as they make...

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Viewpoint: Looking Back, Moving Forward – A Decade of Insight from CSIS

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Mar 19, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Spending Policy

Fiscal 2009 was an epochal year. In March, the stock market decline wrought by the financial crisis and Great Recession reached its nadir as investors sensed the worst had passed. With the turn in the equity market, the seeds were sown for the bull market that continued to and through fiscal 2018. Thus, 10 years on, it is useful to look back on the period that began in FY2009 to understand the trends that can be discerned from a decade of data based on the Commonfund Study of Independent Schools (CSIS).

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Year-End Update and 2019 Investment Outlook

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson on Jan 2, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

As we bid farewell to 2018 and head into 2019, I am pleased to provide you with an update on developments at Commonfund as well as our perspective on the markets and investing. Our roots as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the financial interests of institutional investors provides...

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Viewpoint:
The Long of It

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 17, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Spending Policy

Endowments, like the organizations they support, are generally intended to operate in perpetuity. To accomplish this goal, those responsible for endowments—trustees or directors—make decisions based not on myopic thinking or daily machinations in the financial markets, but on the unique...

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Viewpoint: The Gift of (Relative) Calm

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 16, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Spending Policy

The calamities known as the financial crisis and Great Recession are now a decade in the past. But far from fading into history, the memories remain fresh. And we are reminded of those days regularly (headline from a recent New York Times: “Biggest Banks Easily Pass Fed Stress Test").

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