Press Releases

2018 HEPI Report Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 10, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data from the annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) show that inflation for U.S. colleges and universities rose 2.8 percent in fiscal year 2018, a decline from last fiscal year’s 3.3 percent rate but higher than...

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Managing Director, Consultant Relations Appointed

Posted by Commonfund on Nov 28, 2018

Topic: People | Private Capital

Commonfund Capital, the private capital subsidiary of Commonfund, announced today that its investment team has expanded with the appointment of Jay Teevan as Managing Director of Consultant Relations. Jay’s focus will be working with the investment consulting and advisory community on Commonfund Capital’s suite of investment programs in private equity, venture capital, private natural resources, secondaries and co-investments.

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Commonfund Launches Diversity Office

Posted by Commonfund on Nov 15, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | People | Responsible Investing

Commonfund, a prominent asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today the launch of its Diversity Office (“The Office”). By fostering an environment that values different perspectives, challenges conventional thinking and maximizes the potential of all employees, The Office...

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Commonfund Capital Closes 12th Venture Capital Fund at $432M

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 8, 2018

Topic: Private Capital

Commonfund Capital today announced the closing of its 12th venture capital fund, Commonfund Capital Venture Partners XII. The fund closed with $432 million of capital commitments sourced from institutional investors such as endowments, foundations and pensions

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2017 CSHO Study of Healthcare Organizations Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 11, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

The 56 nonprofit healthcare organizations participating in the 2016-2017 Commonfund Benchmarks Study® Healthcare Organizations Report reported a return on investable assets of 13.2 percent for 2017, the highest return since 13.3 percent reported for 2013...

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2017 CCSF Study Results Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 9, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data gathered in the 2017 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that participating private and community foundations realized significantly higher investment returns for the 2017 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2017) than they did in FY2016. Participating private foundations reported an average FY2017 return of 15.0 percent compared with 6.4 percent in FY2016. Participating community foundations reported an average return of 15.1 percent for FY2017, up from 7.3 percent in FY2016.

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Two Senior Hires to Lead the Commonfund Institute

Posted by Commonfund on Jul 10, 2018

Topic: People

Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, today announced two new hires to the Commonfund Institute. Cathleen Rittereiser is joining as Executive Director and George Suttles as Managing Director. Ms. Rittereiser and Mr. Suttles will be responsible for leading the education and research activities of the Institute, which include conducting studies, publishing research and convening events to support long-term investors. Commonfund Institute is a highly respected, credible and unbiased source of data and insights that helps to advance the practices of institutional investors, while also supporting Communfund’s mission of providing ongoing research and education.

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Commonfund Leadership Changes

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 7, 2018

Topic: People

Commonfund, an asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors with $25 billion in assets under management, announced today that its Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Mark Anson as President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the firm, succeeding Catherine Keating, who will be leaving Commonfund at the end of the month and has accepted a senior position at BNY Mellon. Mr. Anson will continue to serve as the Chief Investment Officer and the Chairman of the Boards of Commonfund Capital Inc. and Commonfund Asset Management Company, Inc.

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Survey Finds Investors Remain Cautiously Optimistic

Posted by Commonfund on Mar 27, 2018

Topic: Asset Allocation | Industry Knowledge

In a Commonfund 2018 investor survey, nonprofit investors believe trade wars and protectionism pose greatest threat to the global economy. Endowments and Foundations remain cautiously optimistic on achieving long-term target returns.

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2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments Results Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Jan 25, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data gathered from 809 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments® (NCSE) show that participating institutions’ endowments returned an average of 12.2 percent (net of fees) for the 2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) compared with -1.9 percent for the 2016 fiscal year and 2.4 percent for fiscal 2015. Despite this year’s improved return, the mission-critical 10-year average annual return fell to 4.6 percent from last year’s 5.0 percent, as FY2007’s strong 17.2 percent return dropped out of the trailing 10-year average.

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