The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has an important responsibility to its donors and the community to ensure that every gift is invested with diligence and a long-term view. The Board has developed a comprehensive investment strategy to guide its decision making.
The following is a brief overview of the Foundation’s Investment Policy. For the complete policy, please contact Linda Mack, email@example.com at 978-345-8383.
The Investment & Finance Committee (Committee) is empowered by the Foundation Board of Trustees (Board) to direct and monitor the investment management of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (Foundation) funds. The Foundation’s Investment Policy Statement (IPS), issued by the Committee, is designed to cover the assets donated or held for charitable benefits.
It is the intention of the Committee to offer three separate investment objectives to meet the differing needs and missions of various charities. The IPS also prescribes cash management policies for the Foundation’s cash reserves held for near-term needs and contingencies.
The Charter for the Investment & Finance Committee outlines the following responsibilities:
- The Committee shall submit to the Board, for approval, a statement of investment policy outlining the objectives and guidelines for the investment assets
- The Committee, from time to time, shall review the investment policy statement and recommend appropriate changes to the Board
- The Committee will include in its policy statement a list of prohibited assets that the Committee believes are not appropriate for the Foundation
- The Committee will recommend to the Board a spending policy for the Endowment Funds, taking into account sustainable payout rates, and including a withdrawal rate from the endowment on a year-to-year basis
- The Committee may choose to hire an investment manager (Manager) and shall review the manager at least once a year.
In general, the purpose of the IPS is to outline a philosophy and attitude that will guide the investment management of the Foundation’s funds toward the desired results. It is intended to be sufficiently specific to be meaningful, yet flexible enough to be practical. The Committee has considered the financial implications of a wide range of policies, and this statement describes the prudent investment process that the Committee deems appropriate.
To assure continued relevance of the guidelines, objectives, financial status, and capital markets expectations as established in the IPS, the Committee will periodically review investment policy.
The Foundation has a very dedicated Investment and Finance Committee, whose job it is to invest donors' money efficiently and effectively. Considerable time was devoted to creating an Investment Policy, which guides the trustees and our money management firm.
It is our goal to maximize the Foundation's investment returns without taking undue risk. That is why we have a diversified portfolio, representing 14 sectors. It provides stability and the opportunity to maximize returns, which provides the Foundation with more resources it can invest in the community.
Performance Returns for the period ending:
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Past performance does not guarantee future results
The IPS provides for three distinct and separate investment objectives (Funds) to accommodate donors and agencies with differing missions and objectives. Each Fund has a separate asset allocation strategy. For donor-advised funds or funds held on behalf of others, the donor or agency may choose one Fund or a mix of appropriate Funds. The Committee has chosen to invest unrestricted endowment funds in the Long Term Fund.