We build investment strategies that increase the impact of your charitable gift and create sustainable growth. Assets are invested based on specific fund type to maximize return and strengthen your grantmaking power.
The Endowment Portfolio maintains value and generates revenue over time to serve the community in perpetuity. Funds are invested in a diverse, carefully-defined set of asset classes to mitigate risk and provide long term total return. Endowment funds create a lasting legacy for donors that want to have an impact in San Diego today, and for future generations.
*Includes Principal Only.
**The Foundation’s Policy Index is a composite of indexes reflecting our diversified portfolio, specifically: 49% MSCI ACWI IMI (net), 17% BBgBarc US Universal Bond Index, 9.1% NCREIF ODCE, 15% HFRI FOF Index, 6% Cambridge Assoc. U.S. Private Equity Index lagged 1 Quarter, 3.9% Bloomberg Commodity Index.
The San Diego Foundation Sustainable Endowment and Non-Endowment portfolio are invested in global stocks and bonds, structured for capital appreciation and long-term total return. Portfolio investment managers conduct positive and negative screening on companies to ensure strong scores on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria.* The strategy avoids companies directly involved in extracting, processing or transporting coal, oil or natural gas.
The Foundation’s Endowment distribution allocation policy is to disburse 5% annually, based upon endowment principal market value over the last 36 months. These calculations are made on a monthly basis. If the market value of the endowment principal of any fund, at the end of each month, is less than the initial value of all the contributions made to endowment principal, then distributions will be limited to interest and dividends received.
*ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria reflect a company’s impact (positive or negative) on the Earth and on people and society, as well as corporate and board oversight.
Sustainable Endowment Portfolio
*Includes Principal Only.
**The Policy Index is a custom benchmark designed to measure the performance of the portfolio. The current Policy Index is 70% Russell 3000 and 30% Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Index. On 1/1/20, the Policy Index will change to reflect a global mandate in equities. Past performance is shown for illustrative purposes and is not indicative of future results.
The combined investment manager fees for the Sustainable Endowment and Non-Endowment Portfolios will be 0.59%. The custodial and reporting fee for Sustainable Endowment will be 0.45%. The custodial and reporting fee for Sustainable Non-Endowment will be 0.40%.
Sustainable Endowment Portfolio Investment Managers
Funding available for each asset classification is invested by professional money managers hired by The Foundation through a competitive process. The investment performance of each money manager is monitored by an independent investment consultant retained by The Foundation.
Effective January 1, 2020, the Sustainable Portfolio investment managers will include the following:
RBC Fossil Fuel Free Global Equity: The strategy employs a bottom-up approach, looking for companies it believes have winning business models, growing and expanding businesses, and importantly strong management and ESG principles. It uses exclusionary screens for fossil fuels, while looking for active management of environmental concerns as well.
Domini Impact Bond Fund: The strategy, sub-advised by Wellington Management Company, constructs an intermediate fixed-income portfolio while incorporating social and environmental standards. The strategy also uses exclusionary screening to eliminate companies with exposure to fossil fuels.
Sustainable Non-Endowment Portfolio
Portfolio Investment returns are presented net of money management fees, but do not include TSDF fees. Custodial & reporting fees are netted against earnings reported via the fund statement. Investment performance of individual funds may vary from the total portfolio return due to the timing of contributions and grants. The combined investment manager fees for the Sustainable Endowment and Non-Endowment Portfolios will be 0.59%. The custodial and reporting fee for Sustainable Endowment will be 0.45%. The custodial and reporting fee for Sustainable Non-Endowment will be 0.40%.
Long-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio
The Long-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio maximizes capital appreciation and income to grow grantmaking beyond the initial investment. Leveraging higher levels of investment risks to get market-like returns, this is best for donors that intend to grant funds over a long period of time.
*The goal of this portfolio is long-term total growth.
**The Foundation’s Policy Index for Long Term Pool is 50% MSCI ACWI IMI (net), 20% BBgBarc US Universal Bond Index, 20% HFRI FOF Index, 5.5% FTSE NAREIT, 4.5% Bloomberg Commodity Index. Fixed Income Index: 100% BBgBarc US Universal BondIndex.
Medium-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio
The Medium-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio incorporates opportunities for capital appreciation to enhance your investment’s rate of return and allow for more grantmaking. It tolerates moderate levels of risk. This portfolio is recommended for donors with a granting time horizon of two to five years.
*The goal of this portfolio is to provide growth with moderate risk to principal.
**The Foundation’s Policy Index for Medium Term Portfolio is 30% MSCI ACWI IMI (net), 45% BBgBarc US Universal Bond Index, 20% BofA ML 1-3 Yr Treasury, 5% 91-Day T-Bills.
Short-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio
The Short-Term Non-Endowment Portfolio emphasizes capital preservation to return a moderate yield. This low-risk option does not significantly grow your investment and is best if you plan to grant funds immediately. This portfolio is recommended for donors with a granting time horizon of less than two years.
*The goal of this portfolio is to provide liquidity with minimum risk to market value.
With over 150 years of combined global and domestic expertise, The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors Investment Committee drives asset management and investment growth to meet fund objectives.
The Investment Committee is committed to:
- Protecting the corpus of the Foundation
- Preserving the spending power of the income from the fund
- Maintaining a diversified portfolio of assets in order to meet investment return objectives while keeping the level of risk commensurate with that of the median fund in a representative foundation and endowment universe
- Complying with applicable law
Investment Committee Members
Steve Klosterman, AIF, Chair
Regional Director, Halbert Hargrove
Kevin Hamilton, CFA, Vice Chair
Consultant, Rosemont Investment Partners
President and CIO, Metis Global Partners
Senior Investment Officer, San Diego City Employees Retirement System
Marty Cassell, CFA
Principal, Chief Executive & Investment Officer, Chandler Asset Management
Chief Investment Officer, San Diego City Employee’s Retirement System
Senior Relationship Manager, Allianz Global Investors
CEO & Founder, AlphaCore
Mark A. Stuart, CFRE
President & CEO, The San Diego Foundation