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

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.

March 2019

In an era of declining public funding, private philanthropy has played an increasingly vital role for both public and private institutions.

June 2017

The story of a generation drowning in debt is misleading for a number of reasons. This report looks at the landscape of student debt in the U.S. as well as trends and innovative approaches in private funding of higher education.

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.

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? 

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.