Endowments & Foundations

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Increasing organizations’ impact

A key priority for leaders is to build assets and increase their organization’s impact.  The TIAA Institute supports the sector’s efforts through our focus on foundation and endowment performance and impact. 

Insights

June 2017

Over the past decade, foundations and other entities awarding higher education grants have shifted their focus toward programs that encourage student retention and graduation, particularly for low-income and first-generation college students.

September 2009

In 2007, Davidson College became the first private liberal arts college to offer its students a financial aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated need without any loan component.

June 2009

Endowments are stocks of financial and real assets held by colleges and universities to generate income for current and future operations. Donors often place specific restrictions on the use of their gifts.

Research Reports

March 2017

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

December 2012

In the aftermath of the 2008-09 recession, many individuals are worried about their short-term and long-run  financial security.

June 2011

This paper summarizes a survey of university endowment funds, with a particular focus on the composition of endowment investment committees and how this composition is associated with a number of key activities.