The FoundationMark GIV Index estimates that foundations clocked average performance of 18.8% in 2019, the highest in the past 10 years. Foundation assets topped $1.1 trillion according to our estimates and giving grew over 6%, marking a decade long boom in charitable support. The coronavirus outbreak changed everything. As market turmoil continues, commentary is outdated as … [Read more...] about Everything was Great, Until it Wasn’t
Autumn is back to school season, and while some people might think about tailgating at football games, there is another competition that takes place on campuses every fall, colleges report their investment returns. While FoundationAdvocate's ("FA") focus is the private foundation universe, we are keenly interested in their nonprofit cousins, college endowments. Unlike most … [Read more...] about College Endowments Report Fiscal 2019 Returns, and the News Isn’t Good
Every month, Foundation Advocate chooses one topic relating to foundation investment performance to highlight. This month we took a look at how international stock allocations have likely held back foundation performance. Why Haven't Foundations Done Better in this 10 Year Bull Market? Following the financial crisis, the US stock market has been on a pretty great … [Read more...] about How Are Foundation’s Doing? May 2019 Topic: International a Drag
Every month, Foundation Advocate chooses one aspect of foundation investment performance to highlight. This month we ask a very fundamental question, Who Should We Compare Ourselves To? Before answering this seemingly straightforward question about performance, it might be useful to establish a quick framework to place performance into context. Rather than lead with … [Read more...] about How are Foundations Doing? April 2019 Topic: Who Should We Compare Ourselves To?
The Math is SimplePrivate foundations have $1 trillion in assets. An incremental 1% return on investment would yield an additional $10 billion....per year...every year.To put that in perspective, the additional $10 billion would equal the annual charitable support provided by 12 Ford Foundations, 36 Rockefellers, or 45 Carnegies - you get the picture. Better returns of just 1% … [Read more...] about 1% Better Investment Performance – Implication for Charitable Giving