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Endowment Management

College and university endowments are collections of funds that support students, staff, and the institution’s mission. Endowment funds are designed to be sustainable over the long term, typically to honor an institution’s promise to a donor’s intent for their gift in perpetuity. Chief business officers manage endowments to be perpetual, growing, and consistent sources of revenue for colleges and universities, supporting students today and alumni of the future.

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News

College and University Endowments Report 5.3 Percent Average Return in FY19 as Endowment Spending Rises

January 30, 2020

Findings from the 2019 NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments have been released and show how endowments fared and supported students, faculty, and campus operations in FY19.


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  • October 18, 2019

    NACUBO Responds to Congressional Letter on Diversity in Endowment Management

    NACUBO President and CEO Susan Whealler Johnston has responded to a letter sent by six members of Congress concerning diversity among the leadership of firms managing college and university endowments. She highlighted NACUBO resources and our commitment to encouraging diversity in asset management leadership and the business officer profession as a whole.

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  • October 18, 2019

    NACUBO Responds to Congressional Inquiry into Diversity in Endowment Management

    NACUBO President and CEO Susan Whealler Johnston has responded to a letter from six members of Congress concerning diversity among the leadership of firms managing college and university endowments.

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Press Release

  • January 30, 2020

    U.S. Educational Endowments Report 5.3 Percent Average Return in FY19

    Nearly half of endowment withdrawals fund student financial aid

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  • January 31, 2017

    2016 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (Final Data)

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Research

  • May 26, 2020

    Historic Endowment Study Data

    Historical endowment market values and investment returns, net of fees, for endowment study participants from 1990 to 2018

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  • February 04, 2020

    Public NTSE Tables

    Public NTSE tables provide an overview of investment returns, asset allocations, spending rates, and endowment market values at college and university endowments and affiliated foundations that participate in the annual series of NACUBO endowment studies.

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