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Chief Financial Officer
Steve Veldhorst

(920) 702-7630

[email protected]

Prudent Investing

We invest prudently to be good stewards of your ongoing charitable gifts and make your impact last forever.

Investment Management of Charitable Funds

The Community Foundation takes very seriously the obligation to steward the charitable funds donors have entrusted to us. Mindful of our commitment to “Helping Donors Share,” we prudently invest charitable funds so they may strengthen the community for current and future generations, carrying out our generous donors’ wishes to make a difference in the lives of others.

Investment Strategy

The Community Foundation’s investment strategy is designed, in consultation with New York-based investment advisor Colonial Consulting to manage risk while providing stability and growth for fund assets in our endowment portfolio.

Investment Oversight

The Community Foundation’s investment strategy and performance are overseen by a volunteer committee knowledgeable in investment and finance. They measure performance against a benchmark that is a composite built from percentages of a variety of investment indices.


The target benchmark used for the investments of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is 27% S&P 500, 7% Russell 2000, 22% MSCI EAFE, 8% MSCI EM, 11% HFRI Fund of Funds Index, 10.5% Barclays Capital Aggregate, 2.5% Merrill High Yield, 4% Citigroup World Gvt Bond,  3% Bloomberg Commodity Index, 4% NCRIEF Real Estate Index, 1% US Treasury Bills.  The target benchmark will be adjusted to reflect the newly adopted asset allocation targets after the cash flows occur.

Investment Performance

The Community Foundation has separate asset allocations for its long-term endowment fund pool and three categories of non-endowed pools, based on likely duration of investment. Their performance is reported in the charts below. Information provided by Colonial Consulting, New York. Read Colonial’s quarterly market assessment for September 2019.

Investment Results: Endowment Pool

Period ending 12/31/19  Endowment Pool Target Benchmark
1 mo 2.6% 2.7%
3 mo 6.7% 6.4%
Calendar YTD 18.9% 19.4%
1 year 18.9% 19.4%
3 year 8.2% 9.2%
5 year 5.6% 6.5%
7 year 6.4% 7.0%
10 year 6.6% 6.9%

Investment Results: Non-Endowed Pool

Period ending 12/31/19 Short-term composite Intermediate-term composite Long-term composite
1 mo 0.1% 1.8% 2.7%
3 mo 0.4% 4.2% 6.1%
Calendar YTD 2.0% 13.3% 19.0%
1 year 2.0% 13.3% 19.0%
3 year 1.3% 6.4% 9.2%
5 year 1.0% 4.7% 6.8%
7 year 0.9% 4.8% 7.5%
10 year 1.1% 5.0% 7.9%