Investment Portfolios

The Community Foundation has established a variety of investment portfolios, each with different investment guidelines. The following is a brief description of each of these portfolios. Click below to skip to the Portfolio of your choice or scroll down to read each in turn

Global Growth Portfolio
Short Term Portfolio
Intermediate Term Portfolio
Socially Responsible Portfolio
Bank of America Portfolio

Long Term Investment Portfolios:

Global Growth Portfolio

This investment pool has been developed by the Foundation’s Investment Committee as the primary investment vehicle for funds invested for the long-term. Its purpose is the generation of maximum long-term total returns within levels of risk determined to be prudent by the Foundation Trustees. The Global Growth Pool’s objective can best be described in one word, diversification. The Investment Committee believes that a multi-asset class portfolio, consisting of many different types of investments from around the world, best fulfills that objective. It also recognizes that the best investment ideas come from many different sources. As such, the Global Growth Portfolio is managed by three distinct investment groups, its own Investment Committee, and two distinct highly diversified investment programs.

The portion (approx 75%) of the portfolio managed by the Investment Committee invests in publicly traded US & International equities and US bonds exclusively using low cost indexed mutual funds and invests directly in a number of alternative investment fund of funds including equity and multi-strategy hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, private real estate, natural resources and mezzanine debt.

The remaining portion of this portfolio is invested in two separate programs one run by The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF) and the other by High Vista Strategies. Both funds invest in a highly diversified manner across all asset classes using a very disciplined active management approach which seeks to respond to anticipated market changes by adjusting each programs asset mix in a more nimble and opportunistic way. In addition, because of their size and structure each fund is able to invest in a variety of asset classes and individual managers unavailable to our Investment Committee, thus increasing the overall portfolio’s diversification, and lowering risk.

Total Portfolio 


20% of the portfolio is split evenly between two investment programs:
TIFF Multi-Asset Fund:

SEC registered fund offering daily valuation and liquidity.
Original Investment at Cost $5,000,000
Fee: 60 basis points direct (.60%) plus approximately 65 basis points (.65%) on commingled investment vehicles.

High Vista II Limited Partnership: 

Non-SEC registered limited partnership.
Original Investment at Cost $5,000,000
Fee: 1.5% per annual

80% of the portfolio is managed by the Foundation’s Investment Committee as follows:


Note: Percentages refer to the allocation only within that portion of the portfolio managed by the
CFWM Investment Committee.
Asset Manager(s): Various low cost mutual funds for all investments other than alternatives. Alternatives consist of private equity and venture capital, real estate and natural resources, and hedge fund of funds.
Benchmark (blended): 40% Wilshire 5000 // 30% FTSE All World Ex-US// 30% Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index

Fee:  Approximately 12 basis points (.12%) for all index fund investments while the TIFF and High Vista funds along with the various alternative assets carry fees of up to 150 basis points (1.5%).

Global Growth performance for quarter ending March 2017.

Bank of America Portfolio

This portfolio is a collection of funds that were received by the CFWM over several years from a number of donors who recommended Bank of America or it’s predecessors as the investment manager. The primary objective of this pool is the generation of long-term total returns, and is available to those donors upon request.


Asset Manager: Bank of America
Benchmark (blended): 50% Wilshire 5000 // 20% EAFE // 30% Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index
Underlying Investment Vehicle(s): Various Exchange Traded Index Funds (ETF’s) as recommended by Bank of America
Fee: Approximately 60 basis points (.60%)

Bank of America performance for quarter ending March 2017.

Socially Responsible Portfolio

This pool has been developed as a long-term portfolio for those donors who strongly believe that investments can make a positive difference on social and environmental issues. To this end, the Committee has employed Trillium Asset Management an active portfolio manager that specializes in structuring portfolios based on an intensive screening process. As in any investment endeavor that limits the scope of investments, this portfolio may tend to be more volatile than one that is able to diversify across the entire universe of investment opportunities.


Asset Manager: Trillium Asset Management
Benchmark (blended): 50% Wilshire 5000 // 20% EAFE // 30% Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index
Investment Vehicle(s): Actively managed by Trillium Asset Management using
“socially responsible” criteria.
Fee: Approximately 40 basis points (.40%)

Socially Responsible performance for quarter ending March 2017.

Other Investment Portfolios:

Intermediate Term Portfolio

This is the Foundation’s most conservative intermediate term investment portfolio. Its primary objective is to provide relatively stable value with the potential for principal growth. An emphasis has been placed on achieving market rates of returns, with broad diversification and low management cost. The higher debt and cash component dampen the volatility of the portfolio, but may limit appreciation potential and thus is not consistent with the Foundation’s spending policy.


Asset Manager: Vanguard Group
Benchmark (blended): 50% Wilshire 5000 // 25% Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index // 25% 90-Day T-Bill
Underlying Investment Vehicle(s): 50% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Institutional Fund,
25% Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Institutional Fund, 12.5% Various Vanguard Money Market Funds, 12.5% Vanguard Short Term Bond Index Fund
Fee: Approximately 10 basis points (.10%)

Intermediate-Term performance for quarter ending March 2017.

Short Term Portfolio

This portfolio is available only for those donor advised and other funds where the bulk of the principal will be expended in a relatively short time. The main objective of the pool is preservation of capital and current income. The money market portfolio’s investment objectives are not consistent with the Foundation’s spending policy or with the growth of principal and thus represent a poor long-term investment.


Asset Manager: Vanguard Group
Benchmark: 90-Day T-Bill
Underlying Investment Vehicle: Vanguard Admiral Treasury Money Market Fund and Prime Money Market Fund, The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF-Short Term), and Nuvo Bank CD
Portfolio Management Fee: 13 basis points (.13%)

Short-Term performance for quarter ending March 2017.

Other Portfolios

If the Community Foundation deems it prudent, newly donated assets to funds of $500,000 or more may be invested through an investment manager recommended by the donor. Each investment manager serves at the pleasure of the Trustees of the Community Foundation, and the performance of each is monitored to make sure that portfolio assets and returns are appropriate.