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Investment Committees

Even small foundation boards can benefit from developing an investment committee with just a few members so it is clear who is leading the charge. Board members who understand investing make natural choices for an investment committee; however, they should serve alongside less experienced board members. (Be sure more than one experienced person is on... Read More

How the Brain’s Wiring Can Hurt Investment Returns

The field of behavioral finance has been a hot one of late as researchers define precisely the biases we all tend to exhibit as investors. How did behavioral finance originate? About 50 years ago, finance earned widespread respect as an academic discipline firmly grounded in economic models based on the rational behavior of humans. Over... Read More

Fiduciary Responsibility

Fiduciaries should avoid the following Investment practices: Not adhering to the investment policy statement—This is one of the most common mistakes cited by investment advisors to foundations. Self-dealing—Foundation insiders cannot direct investment decisions and/or revenues to self, relatives, close friends, or colleagues. Paying a family member to serve as an investment advisor—Doing so makes it... Read More

Controlling Fees

By relying simply on stated fees, such as management fee or advisory fee, foundation trustees may be underestimating the full impact of the aggregate investment expenses because as there may be other components of investment costs that are not explicitly stated as fees. In the 1990s, when portfolio performance was beating the S&P 500, it... Read More

Allocating Your Assets

Are you talking with your board and investment advisors about asset allocation? Concepts to consider A number of concepts should be understood before you tackle the important work of creating an investment policy and allocating assets. Investment time horizon How long do you want your foundation to exist? Do you plan for your foundation to... Read More

Webinar Recording
Managing Your Investment Manager

This webinar, presented in partnership with Glenmede, will cover what you should know and consider before, during, and after the RFP process. We will examine key considerations and the types of questions that should be asked at each stage. We will also place special emphasis on understanding and evaluating investment costs as this is an... Read More