Foundations & Nonprofits

Increasing impact of foundations and endowments

The Institute supports foundations and nonprofits by focusing on their performance and impact. 

Insights

Also produced by the TIAA Institute, Insights features reports addressing prominent issues in financial security, higher education, and philanthropy. While typically written for a primarily non-technical audience, Insights are prepared using the same level of academic rigor found in our other research publications, and can serve as valuable sources of information for a diverse group of readers.

August 2010

This report examines retirement planning and saving among the public sector work force (employees of states, counties, cities, towns and other municipalities) and worker confidence in their retirement income prospects. Compared with U.S.

August 2010

The hospital workforce was surveyed regarding retirement planning, saving and investing behavior, as well as confidence in their retirement income prospects. Hospital workers are more likely than U.S.

August 2010

The state and local government workforce is more confident regarding its prospects for a financially secure retirement than are American workers in general.

Research Reports

Original research produced by the TIAA Institute—both independently and in collaboration with noted scholars—examines topics of interest to the academic, nonprofit and public sectors. The reports combine statistical findings with thoughtful, data-driven observations and conclusions to provide in-depth analyses that are informative and appropriate for both technical and more academic audiences.

March 2017

Can a university’s characteristics be a better indicator of an endowment’s effectiveness than endowment size? 

February 2013

This report examines the 403(b) plans in all 50 states and seeks to provide the first comprehensive analysis of these plans across the country. We consider the advantages and disadvantages of alternative methods of regulating 403(b) plans and present an assessment of 403(b) plans in each state.

February 2013

The disclosure requirements under General Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 45 draw attention to a possible unfunded liability for government employers providing other than pension post-retirement benefits (OPEB).