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Commonfund Institute, 2017
The Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is an inflation index designed specifically for use by institutions of higher education. Compiled from data reported by government agencies and industry sources, HEPI measures the average relative level in the price of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by colleges and universities each…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cost Indexes, Economic Climate, Differences
Commonfund Institute, 2016
The Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is an inflation index designed specifically for use by institutions of higher education. Compiled from data reported by government agencies and industry sources, HEPI measures the average relative level in the price of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by colleges and universities each…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cost Indexes, Economic Climate, Differences
Jarvis, William F. – Commonfund Institute, 2015
A phenomenon with far-reaching effects on nonprofit investment management and governance has become a little-noticed yet powerful force in boardrooms over the past decade. Despite its wide-ranging implications, this development has largely gone undocumented. This paper seeks to draw attention to this change and its implications, and to trace a…
Descriptors: Governance, Nonprofit Organizations, Investment, Federal Legislation
Commonfund Institute, 2015
The Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing analyzes policies, practices and attitudes with respect to responsible investing among 200 U.S. colleges and universities, constituting 24.0 percent of the 832 institutions that participated in the 2014 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)-Commonfund Study of…
Descriptors: Investment, Responsibility, Endowment Funds, Higher Education
Commonfund Institute, 2015
The Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is an inflation index designed specifically for use by institutions of higher education. Compiled from data reported by government agencies and industry sources, HEPI measures the average relative level in the price of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by colleges and universities each…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cost Indexes, Economic Climate, Differences
Griswold, John S.; Jarvis, William F. – Commonfund Institute, 2014
The nature of trusteeship has changed markedly in the new century. In addition to the mission-related and financial issues with which fiduciaries have always dealt, trustees of nonprofit organizations are now regularly required to make decisions in response to media scrutiny, challenges from regulators, demands from stakeholders and constituents,…
Descriptors: Trustees, Governance, Governing Boards, College Administration
Griswold, John S.; Jarvis, William F. – Commonfund Institute, 2014
In the wake of the financial crisis, trustees of many endowed nonprofit institutions realized that their portfolio was riskier than they thought and their own ability to tolerate loss wasn't as strong as they imagined. What can board and investment committee members do to improve their ability to assess their--and their institution's--capacity for…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Risk Assessment, Trustees, Committees
Belmont, David; Odisharia, Irakli – Commonfund Institute, 2014
We conduct a longitudinal analysis of the NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE) results from 2006-2013 to evaluate if active management is related to higher endowment returns in U.S. equities over time. We also analyze the data to evaluate the endowment characteristics that are related to higher levels of performance over time. We find that…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Money Management, Longitudinal Studies, Investment
Sedlacek, Verne O. – Commonfund Institute, 2014
For well more than a decade, the "endowment model" of investing has been synonymous with increasing allocations to alternative investment strategies, defined largely as hedge funds, private real estate, private equity and venture capital and other, generally less liquid or illiquid strategies compared to public markets. This trend…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Higher Education, Investment, Resource Allocation
Commonfund Institute, 2014
The Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is an inflation index designed specifically for use by institutions of higher education. Compiled from data reported by government agencies and industry sources, HEPI measures the average relative level in the price of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by colleges and universities each…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cost Indexes, Economic Climate, Differences
Griswold, John S.; Jarvis, William F. – Commonfund Institute, 2013
Outsourcing of investment management is a growing trend among institutional investors. With a broad range of institutions using or exploring the outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) model, portfolio size is no longer the determining factor driving the outsourcing decision. For all but the largest institutional investors--those with deep…
Descriptors: Outsourcing, Investment, Institutional Characteristics, Decision Making
Boucher, Toni; Hudspeth, Stephen – Commonfund Institute, 2013
The American nonprofit sector is large, effective and influential, but with influence comes responsibility. Ethical lapses, whether real or perceived, can draw the attention of regulators and the public, leading to financial and reputational damage that can impair an organization's ability to carry out its mission. Written ethics and compliance…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Ethics, Policy, Governance
Jarvis, William F. – Commonfund Institute, 2013
Nonprofit healthcare organizations are confronting an unprecedented series of challenges as they strive to maintain positive operating margins in the face of declining reimbursement from insurance companies and governmental payers. The crisis is particularly acute at smaller and mid-sized organizations. Having played a major role in their…
Descriptors: Health Services, Access to Health Care, Medicine, Physicians
Caplan, Lauren; Griswold, John S.; Jarvis, William F. – Commonfund Institute, 2013
Thoughtful investment professionals continue to debate whether a portfolio's long-term performance can be enhanced by including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in the security selection process, but responsible investing is more than a passing trend. The terms socially-responsible investing, mission-related investing,…
Descriptors: Investment, Social Responsibility, Higher Education, Nonprofit Organizations
Commonfund Institute, 2013
The Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) is an inflation index designed specifically to track the main cost drivers in higher education. Compiled from data reported by government agencies and industry sources, HEPI measures the average relative level in the price of a fixed market basket of goods and services purchased by colleges and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cost Indexes, Economic Climate, Differences
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