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Press Releases

AGB and Commonfund Announce New Strategic Partnership

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 4, 2020

Topic: Governance and Policy

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) today announced a new strategic partnership with Commonfund that will enhance AGB’s programming and resources for investment management at a critical time for endowments. Commonfund’s expertise will help AGB members navigate the current crisis and position themselves for a strong recovery and future growth.

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2019 Commonfund Benchmarks Study® of Independent Schools (CSIS) Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Feb 19, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Independent schools report 5.7% return on endowment assets for FY2019. Investment results are lower than previous 2 years but at mid-point of 5-year...

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2019 HEPI Report Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 23, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data from the annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) show that inflation for U.S. colleges and universities rose 2.5 percent in fiscal year 2019, a decline from last fiscal year’s 2.9 percent rate and in line with the five-year average of 2.4 percent.

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Three New Members Appointed to Board of Trustees

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 19, 2019

Topic: People announced the appointment of Nicole Arnaboldi, Mamak Shahbazi and David Thomas to the firm’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Arnaboldi, Ms. Shahbazi and Mr. Thomas will officially join the Board at the end of 2019 and will serve until December 2022. “We are thrilled to add three outstanding new members to Commonfund’s Board of Trustees. Nicole, Mamak and David bring a wealth of relevant industry expertise and prior board experience to Commonfund,” added Bob Litterman, Chairman of the Commonfund Board of Trustees.

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Commonfund Launches Diverse Manager Portal

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 10, 2019

Topic: Diversity | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Commonfund Launches Diverse Manager Portal to Broaden Client Access to Diverse Investment. Designed specifically to receive due diligence materials from women and minority managers investing...

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2018 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations (CCSF) Released

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 15, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data gathered in the 2018 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that investment returns for participating private and community foundations declined to mid-single-digit losses in 2018 from double-digit gains in 2017.

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Commonfund Capital Appoints Head of Beijing Investment Office

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 25, 2019

Topic: People | Private Capital

Commonfund Capital, the private capital subsidiary of Commonfund, announced today the appointment of Xiaonan Tian as Associate Director and Head of its investment office in Beijing, China. Xiaonan will be responsible for the oversight of due diligence, manager selection, investment monitoring and portfolio construction for the firm’s private equity and venture capital investment management programs in the Asia-Pacific basin.

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First 2019 HEPI Estimate at 2.6%

Posted by Commonfund on May 15, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Commonfund Institute today announced that the first 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through April 30, 2019.

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Commonfund Capital Closes 2nd Secondaries Fund at $450M

Posted by Commonfund on May 8, 2019

Topic: Private Capital

Commonfund Capital announced the closing of its second secondaries fund, Commonfund Capital Secondary Partners II. The fund closed with $450 million of capital commitments sourced from investors including endowments, foundations, pension plans, insurance pools and family offices, more than doubling the $170 million committed to Commonfund Capital Secondary Partners I in 2016.

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Survey Finds Majority of Investors Expect Bull Market to End Within Two Years

Posted by Commonfund on Apr 4, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

In a Commonfund Forum 2019 survey, nonprofit investors anticipate weakening consumer confidence to cause the current bull market to come to an end. Nearly half of all respondents remain “cautiously optimistic” that they will be able to achieve CPI + 5% returns over the next decade.

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