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Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » How A Custom Portfolio Can Help Non-Profits Achieve Their Mission

July 06, 2018 | Investment Themes

Case studies are a great way for endowments and foundations to learn about what works for similar organizations. This post focuses on a common problem many organizations face: How should an investment portfolio be managed to help achieve its goals? Details of this particular case study could …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Making Socially Responsible Investing Work for Endowments and Foundations

May 21, 2018 | Investment Themes

Traditionally, endowments and foundations kept separate functions for their investment and mission related activities. Investment returns are typically used to fund a non-profit’s mission, but decisions on where and how to invest were usually made independently from philanthropy. This notion is …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Get the Best from Your Board

April 26, 2018 | Wealth Management

Non-profits depend on the dedication of its board, staff, and volunteers to make their mission a reality. Without an educated, engaged board and staff, an endowment or foundation may find it difficult to articulate its long-term goals and set a path to achieve them.

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Balancing Varying Perspectives in Your Endowment/Foundation Spending Decisions

March 21, 2018 | Wealth Management

Spending decisions are at the core of what endowments and foundations are designed to do. Spending, in this case, refers to distributions or withdrawals designated to support the missions of non-profits and charities. Despite most agreeing on the importance of these decisions, there may be little …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Four Elements of Effective Mission Statements

July 25, 2017 | Investment Themes

One advantage private foundations have over other forms of philanthropy is their longevity. A foundation can extend a donor’s generosity over many years, potentially even after he or she has passed away. However, longevity can bring with it added complication, particularly with regards to an …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Documentation: A Simple Step to Strengthen Fiduciary Oversight

May 19, 2017 | Investment Themes

Documentation is a simple but often overlooked aspect of a successful endowment or foundation. Not only is it a way to record processes and procedures, but it’s also closely related to the duties of care and obedience that each fiduciary in an organization is bound to. It’s important for …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Considerations for Balancing Investment Goals

April 04, 2017 | Investment Themes

There are three main objectives to think about when establishing an investment approach for your endowment or foundation. Investment income (think interest payments from bonds and dividends from stocks) can provide a steady stream of funding to help support ongoing withdrawals Capital growth …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » How Trump’s Tax Proposals May Impact Non-Profits

February 01, 2017 | Investment Themes

Donors are driven by a variety of motivations when it comes to their charitable giving. Broadly speaking, we view these motivations as either having an emotional appeal (e.g., connections to people or groups, stories, feelings) or a financial appeal (e.g., tax savings, estate planning, personal …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » How Portfolio Modeling Tools Can Help Manage Risk

November 15, 2016 | Investment Themes

Uncertainty – or what some might refer to as “risk” – is a core consideration in endowment and foundation portfolios. Common risks might include whether a portfolio will be able to grow its capital quickly enough to meet future needs, or preserve its capital diligently enough to safeguard its …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » What Should I Know Before Becoming a Board Member?

October 06, 2016 | Wealth Management

This is a common question from people considering joining a non-profit board. Most have probably already heard of the broad set of duties entrusted to fiduciaries (i.e., fiduciaries have a duty of care, loyalty, and obedience to the organizations they serve). Before becoming a board member, it’s …


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