Thoughtful stewardship of your philanthropic dollars
At the Community Foundation, we know that you are entrusting us with your philanthropic funds. We take pride in managing your dollars according to best practices. To that end, we hold ourselves to rigorous standards in order to mitigate risk and identify opportunities. Our internal experts collaborate with Colonial Consulting, LLC, and are guided by a volunteer investment committee that bring a wealth of knowledge to our investment strategies and process.
As a philanthropist, you may request that your fund be invested according to one of four diverse investment options to meet your grantmaking and time objectives:
The Pool consists of a wide array of institutional money managers, each selected for specific portfolio characteristic deemed important to building a well-diversified total portfolio with a likelihood of delivering long term returns that preserve the purchasing power of dollars invested in the Pool. The investment committee of the Community Foundation Board selects managers with the assistance of a neutral investment consultant.
For our pooled assets, we rely on the advice of an independent consultant, Colonial Consulting, LLC, to craft a long-term investment strategy and recommend expert asset managers that invest each component of the Foundation Pool’s asset allocation.
For questions regarding investments, please contact:
Asset Allocation and Investment Performance
The Community Foundation’s investment philosophy for the Investment Pool and American Funds program focuses on long-term investments using diversified portfolios with a bias toward equities. We seek to:
- Achieve investment returns that provide reasonable funding for donors’
- Augment the value of the corpus at a rate greater than inflation, net of grant distributions and associated expenses
Results – March 31, 2019
Market Overview – Equity markets roared back in 2019 after posting generally negative returns for calendar year 2018. The S & P 500 returned +13.6% for Q1 2019. Non-US broad equity market indices also had strong absolute returns for Q1 2019. The Barclays Aggregate index, a well-known measure of the US fixed income market, returned +2.9% for Q1 2018.
Investment Pool – The Foundation’s Investment Pool (“Pool”) participated in the market rebound returning +7.8% for Q1 2019. Its relative annualized long-term performance ranks above the respective Target Benchmark return for the 3, 5 and 10 year periods ending 3/31/2019. The Pool’s meaningful and thoughtfully constructed equity positions have contributed to its good long-term results. Private equity and real asset exposures have also helped the Pool achieve its favorable long-term results.
American Funds – The American Funds program returned +9.4% for Q1 2019. Its longer-term results are also attractive in both absolute and relative terms. For the 10 year period ending 3/31/19, the American Funds program returned +12.0%, 80 basis points ahead of its benchmark. The American Funds investment option has a higher US equity position than the Pool. Another distinction between the American Funds program and the Pool is the American Funds option does not include any alternative investments whereas the Pool has allocations to hedge funds, private equity and private real assets.
Conservative Fund – The Conservative Fund gained +0.6% in Q1 2019, which conforms with realistic expectations for a short-term oriented investment in the current market environment.
GoATL Fund – With a financial goal to maintain capital preservation, this fund’s primary purpose is to achieve measurable social impacts by making fixed-rate debt investments in nonprofits and social enterprises that benefit metro Atlanta. Because social returns are a priority, debt investments are typically priced below market rates. The GoATL Fund returned .5% for Q1 2019 and 1.3% for the 12 months ending 3/31/19 on a gross basis.
Summary – The Foundation offers a diverse set of investment options designed to meet the varied needs of our donor advisors. These options continue to produce results in line with their respective objectives.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The performance information presented is being provided to donor advisors with an interest in the Foundation’s investment options. It is not intended to constitute an offering of any kind. The performance information is shown net of investment management fees and has not been audited.
Investment Returns Report – December 2018
Investment Returns Report – September 2018
Investment Returns Report – June 2018
Investment Returns Report – March 2018
The investment committee of the Community Foundation Board closely monitors the investment of our assets, as well as the managers who implement our investment strategies. As stewards of our assets, the Foundation’s investment committee holds the selected investment managers to the highest standards of ethical behavior and professional performance.
• Russ Allen, Chief Investment Officer, Berman Capital Advisors
• Thomas J. Asher, President, The Rich Foundation
• Mary Cahill, Chief Investment Officer, Emory University (Retired)
• Edward S. Croft, III, Managing Director, Croft & Bender, LP
• Bernard Gray, President, Gray Ventures
• Stephanie Lang, Chief Investment Officer, Homrich Berg
• Michael A. Nadal, VP, Portfolio Manager, Montag & Caldwell
• Galen Oelkers, President, The Zeist Company, LLC
• Bryan Rand, Chairman, Senior Director, Tritium Partners
• Wendell Reilly, Chairman, Berman Capital Advisors
• Anne Sterchi, Executive Director, J. B. Fuqua Foundation