Endowment Management

The goal of any sound Endowment Management (PDF) strategy is to develop a well-defined investment plan that adheres to prudent investment principles while providing the investment advisor flexibility to add value.

As an investment advisor, we will assist your organization by providing guidance in your review of investment policies. We start by assessing the objectives and determining the risk tolerance of each client.

Our portfolio managers have particular expertise in working with not-for-profit organizations, and we commit ourselves to being part of your ongoing performance review process. We strongly believe that assistance in the periodic review of investment policies is essential to our long-term effectiveness.

A Team Approach

We believe in a team approach to client servicing. Each of our clients is assigned to an account service team composed of key specialists in portfolio management, administrative services and endowment fund sub-accounting.

Portfolio Management

Your account is assigned a seasoned portfolio manager who will assume primary responsibility for your relationship and will be your contact for investment management matters, as well as for ongoing consultation with regard to your investment policy. Our portfolio managers bring extensive market experience along with access to the products and services TIAA-CREF offers.

Among other things, our portfolio managers analyze Ibbotson data (historical capital market rate of return data from 1926 to the present) to maintain a dynamic historical perspective on the impact of various asset classes on the portfolio. Our allocation and investment product recommendations seek to support the long-term objective of your portfolio by diversifying to achieve an appropriate balance between spending needs, risk and return.

Administrative Services

Our trust administrators coordinate support functions to ease the burden on your internal staff. Our capabilities include:

  • Safekeeping assets and settling security transactions
  • Cost-effective liquidation services
  • Processing contributions to and disbursements from your account
  • Consolidating monthly financial reporting, including cost and market accounting
  • Sophisticated performance measurement reporting

Endowment Fund Subaccounting

Our proprietary system accommodates the multilevel subaccounting that is critical for some institutions. Reports can be customized with a high level of detail and are fully reconciled on a monthly basis.

Investment products are not insured by the FDIC; are not deposits or other obligations of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB; are not guaranteed by the TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB; and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of principal invested.

The tax information herein is not intended to be used and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. It was written to support the promotion of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, and Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., distribute securities products.

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