During the last fiscal year, the Purchase College Foundation and related charitable entities’ endowment experienced impressive growth. The total investment portfolio  was $88,350,547.00 as of June 30, 2018. The Foundation’s Board Investment Committee, chaired by Donald Cecil, takes a long-term approach in the investment and active management of the Foundation’s endowment. 

InvestorForce, a leading third-party firm, has ranked the Purchase College Foundation & Charitable Entities first among educational institutions of its size on the basis of investment performance.

InvestorForce Education Report 3Q 2019 - as of September 30, 2019

Chart data as of September 30, 2019 

Investment Performance

During fiscal year 2017-2018 the Purchase College Endowment Fund had a 11% total return. The annualized investment performance of the Purchase College Foundation Endowment Assets, compared to a composite index, is illustrated below. The composite index is made up of like equities with similar holdings to represent overall market performance.
Performance 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year

Foundation Endowment

11 8.1 9.3
Composite Index 10.4 7.6 8.4

Foundation Asset Allocation Targets

The Foundation Board has an established policy to achieve investment diversification. This policy defines the target investment of each asset allocation category as well as when assets should be rebalanced. The Board’s Investment Subcommittee reviews the asset allocation on a regular basis and takes appropriate action as necessary.
Publicly traded equities 30% to 85%
Fixed income securities 10% to 50%
Illiquid investments 0% to 25%
Cash and cash equivalents 0% to 20%


Investment Philosophy

The primary long-term objective for the Foundation is to preserve the real purchasing power of the Foundation with a reasonable level of risk. A secondary goal will be to grow the real purchasing value of the Foundation over the long-term. Consistent with that objective, the primary investment goal for the Foundation will be to earn an average annual return equal to or greater than the annual spending rate policy for the Foundation plus the rate of inflation (as measured by the consumer price index or another appropriate index selected by the Investment Committee), net of all fees, including investment management and related fees and expenses, over a market cycle (generally defined as rolling five-year periods).