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Study Finds Private Foundations Rebuilding Assets After Recession Declines

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Data gathered from 140 private foundations for the 2012 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investments for Private Foundations (CCSF) show that these organizations’ endowments returned an average of 12.0 percent (net of fees) for the 2012 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2012), a significant improvement over the FY2011 return of -0.7 percent. The 2012 CCSF represents the first fruits of collaboration between the Council on
Foundations and Commonfund Institute: the most comprehensive annual survey of its kind by two leading authorities on foundation investment practices and governance.

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Following the Money in Public Education

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A major study of public education philanthropy found that education reforms have been accompanied over the last decade by a shift in financial support from private foundations. The biggest example is the shift of philanthropic dollars from traditional public schools to charter schools, a finding guaranteed to fuel flames in the charter vs. traditional public schools debate.

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Investment Strategies for Small Foundations

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This in-depth session for foundations with few or no staff explored the many opportunities and challenges that small foundations face in today’s new world. Learn the latest thinking on foundation investment strategies. Presenter: Jay Morgan, director of investment manager research, Hartland & Company Investment Consultants.


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