Investments Options and Performance

Funds of the Community Foundation are combined into investment pools for both economy of management and access to top management and advisory talent. Different pools provide you with options to meet your philanthropic goals. Local professionals comprise our Investment Advisory Committee, which meets regularly to guide our investment policies and monitor the performance of our professional managers. The Committee’s work ensures that our portfolio is well-managed and that it produces an ever-increasing income stream for the long-term benefit of our community. Pool performance is shown below.  Our Investment Advisory Committee provides guidance and oversight to ensure that all fund pools are invested and managed according to investment best practices for institutional funds.

  • Long-Term Investment Pool – This option is best suited for long-term expendable and endowment funds. The pool utilizes a core/satellite construction designed to minimize costs, tracking error and volatility while providing opportunity to exceed our performance index. The core (85% of portfolio) consists of passive investments in equity (65%) and fixed income (35%) assets. The satellite (15% of portfolio) may hold passive or active positions to allow for greater flexibility of portfolio allocations relative to the core portfolio that act as a revenue enhancer to the overall portfolio.
  • Socially Responsible Long-Term Investment Pool – Composed of funds that meet a variety of social screens, both positive and exclusionary, this pool employs a strategic asset allocation very similar to our Long-Term Investment Pool. This is the best option for long-term expendable and endowment funds if you prefer socially responsible investments.
  • Intermediate Term Investment Pool – This option is intended for funds with a duration of two to five years and is available only for expendable funds. The pool is constructed to have less volatility than the long –term pool, but with higher returns than the short-term pool. The target asset allocation was revised by the Board in late 2015. The pool utilizes a core-satellite construction designed to minimize costs and tracking error. The core (85% of the portfolio) consists of passive investment in equity (25%) and fixed income assets (75%). The satellite may hold passive or active positions to allow for greater flexibility of allocations relative to the core portfolio.
  • Short-Term Investment Pool – Only expendable funds use this pool, which invests in money market funds and other short-term cash equivalents. This is the best option for an expendable fund that plans to grant out a significant portion of its money in the near term.

All Community Foundation portfolios are regularly rebalanced to their target allocations to maintain a balanced and diversified investment strategy.

Pool Performance Over Time

 Pool Assets at 8/31/2020Quarter to DateYTD1 Year3 Years*5 Years*Since Inception*Date of Inception
Long-Term Pool$109.2 M8.50%7.51%14.97%8.59%8.90%6.64%02/01/1997
Composite Benchmark7.21%4.40%11.79%7.92%8.49%6.22%
Socially Responsible Investment Pool$ 28.2 M6.94%4.45%11.66%7.95%7.80%5.35%06/01/2001
Composite Benchmark7.27%4.90%12.50%7.93%8.17%6.19%
Intermediate-Term Pool$ 24.7 M3.91%6.78%9.26%6.14%4.76%3.97%08/01/2003
Composite Benchmark3.02%4.73%7.21%5.79%5.36%4.84%

*Performance results are annualized for time periods greater than one year.  Foundation support fees are not included in return calculations. Information on investment managers and investment fees available upon request.

Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Pool Composite Benchmark: is a blend of indices meant to represent the underlying asset allocation of the pool. It is made up of 40% S&P 500, 15% Russell 2000, 15% MSCI EAFE Net, 25% BC Agg, and 5% 90 Day T Bills from 5/2001 to 6/2012; 30.25% S&P 500, 11.75% Russell 2000, 28% MSCI EAFE Net, 25% BC Agg, and 5% 90 Day TBills from 7/2012 to 10/2016; 33% S&P 500, 35.25% Barclays US Gov/Credit 1-5 yr, 20.5% FTSE Developed Markets (Ex. N. America), 5.25% FTSE Emerging Markets, 3.5% S&P Mid Cap 400, and 2.5% S&P Small Cap 600 from 11/2016 to 3/2019; and 33% S&P 500, 35.25% Bloomberg Barclays US Agg, 20.5% FTSE Developed Markets (Ex. N. America), 5.25% FTSE Emerging Markets, 3.5% S&P Mid Cap 400, 2.5% S&P Small Cap 600 from 4/2019 to Present.

Long-Term (LT) Pool Composite Benchmark: is a blend of indices meant to represent the underlying asset allocation of the pool. It is made up of 40% S&P 500, 15% Russell 2000 Index, 15% MSCI EAFE Net, 25% BC Aggregate Gov/Corp A+, and 5% 90-Day T-Bills from 1/1997 to 10/2011; 40% MSCI AC World Net, 20% BC Aggregate, 5% Citi WGBI UnHedged, 5% BTOP 50 Index, 5% S&P NAM Natural Resources, and 25% HFRI Fund of Funds Composite from 11/2011 to 9/2013; 40% MSCI AC World Net, 15% BC Aggregate, 5% Citi WGBI UnHedged, 5% BTOP 50 Index, 3% S&P NAM Natural Resources, 30% HFRI Fund of Funds Composite, and 2% Bloomberg Commodity from 10/2013 to 4/2014; 40% MSCI AC World Net, 15% BC Aggregate, 5% Citi WGBI UnHedged, 30% HFRI Fund of Funds Composite, and 10% Real Assets Equal Weighted Index from 5/2014 to 6/2015; 33% S&P 500, 23.5% Barclays US Gov/Credit 1-5 yr, 20.5% FTSE Developed Markets (Ex. N. America), 11.75% Barclays Global Aggregate (Ex USD Float Adjusted), 5.25% FTSE Emerging Markets, 3.5% S&P Mid Cap 400, 2.5% S&P Small Cap 600 from 7/2015 to 3/2019; and 33% S&P 500, 23.5% Bloomberg Barclays US Agg, 20.5% FTSE Developed Markets (Ex. N. America), 11.75% Barclays Global Aggregate (Ex USD Float Adjusted), 5.25% FTSE Emerging Markets, 3.5% S&P Mid Cap 400, 2.5% S&P Small Cap 600 from 4/2019 to Present.

Intermediate Term (IT) Pool Composite Benchmark: is a blend of indices meant to represent the underlying asset allocation of the pool. It is made up of 15% S&P 500, 5% Russell 2000, 5% MSCI EAFE Net, 65% BC Gov/Corp Interm, and 10% 90-Day T-Bills from 7/2003 to 2/2012; 20% MSCI AC World Net, 50% BC Agg, 5% Bloomberg Commodity, 15% HRFI Fund of Funds Composite, and 10% 90-day T-bills from 3/2012 to 9/2013; 20% MSCI AC World Net, 40% BC Agg, 2.5% Bloomberg Commodity, 17.5% HFRI Fund of Funds Composite, and 20% 90-Day T-Bills from 10/2013 to 4/2014; 20% MSCI AC World Net, 40% BC Aggregate, 17.5% HFRI Fund of Funds Composite, 20% 90-Day T-Bills, and 2.5% Real Assets Equal Weighted Index from 5/2014 to 12/2015; 50% Barclays US Gov/Credit 1-5 yr, 25% Barclays Global Aggregate (Ex. USD Float Adjusted), 13% S&P 500, 8% FTSE Developed Markets (Ex. N. America), 2% FTSE Emerging Markets, 1.25% S&P Mid Cap 400, 0.75% S&P Small Cap 600 from 1/2016 to Present; and 25% Barclays US Gov/Credit 1-5 yr, 25% Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate, 25% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate (Ex. US), 13% S&P 500, 8% FTSE Developed Markets (Ex. N. America), 2% FTSE Emerging Markets, 1.25% S&P Mid Cap 400, 0.75% S&P Small Cap 600 from 6/2016 to Present.

The Short-Term Pool is comprised of cash (e.g., money market funds) and certificates of deposit. The Foundation seeks the best rates possible, while ensuring liquidity. The return for the most recent month was 0.02%.

For more details on performance and asset allocation for all pools, download our Investment Flash Reports:

August 2020 Investment Flash Report
July 2020 Investment Flash Report
June 2020 Investment Flash Report
May 2020 Investment Flash Report
April 2020 Investment Flash Report
March 2020 Investment Flash Report

To review our investment policy, download the CFSC Investment Policy Statement.

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth-Brown

Elizabeth Brown

President and CEO
X