2016 Council on Foundations - Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing

The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing, believed to be the largest of its kind, provides foundations with invaluable insights into how the sector and individual portfolios are being shaped by responsible investing practices, potential hurdles to their adoption, and what the entry points are for those interested in fully engaging these practices in their endowment strategies.

Data analyzed from 186 U.S. private and public/community foundations representing a total of $39.7 billion in endowment assets revealed that a third of respondents have implemented or are actively considering mission-related investing practices in managing their endowed assets.

However, impediments to adoption—some identified as substantial—remain, with concern over returns being the single most commonly reported barrier.

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