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How We Manage Funds

The CFO invests and manages $479 million in charitable assets.

Our Investment Policy

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Our focus is forever.

As stewards of charitable assets, it is our responsibility to meet not only current needs, but also the long-term needs of the communities we serve. To ensure that the Foundation’s goals are met, we have investment policies and guidelines that provide for prudent asset management.

The CFO’s primary investment goal is to maximize long-term total return within levels of risk set by the Investment Advisory Board. The IAB, chaired by Kari Creighton and comprised of local financial professionals, sets the philosophy for how funds are invested in various pools through the Investment Policy Statement. The investment portfolio is then managed using the “outsourced chief investment officer” model with Fiducient Advisors.

Because the selection and weighting of asset classes is one of the primary determinants of both investment return and volatility, our asset allocation is considered and monitored by the IAB on a quarterly basis.

The Board of Directors, the Investment Advisory Board and the staff of the CFO are wholly committed to the stewardship of our charitable funds.

Fund Investment Options

Most funds have the option of four different investment pools:

Diversified/Growth Pool

ESG Aware Pool

  • Strategy: To maintain a similar risk/return profile as the Diversified/Growth pool while selecting investment managers who are actively incorporating “environmental, social and governance” factors in their investment decision making.
  • Performance: ESG Aware Pool — Quarterly Performance Report for March 2024

Balanced Pool

Cash Pool

  • Strategy: To preserve capital and maintain liquidity. Assets in the Cash Pool are managed by Guaranty Bank, which sets a monthly interest rate for the pool, and are fully insured through the FDIC and Insured Cash Sweep network program.
  • Performance: The Cash Pool’s interest rate for July 2024 is 5.82%.

Other Pools

Asset Allocations of Investment Pools

Frequently Asked Questions

If we choose diversified but it’s a non-endowed fund, can we request grants or distributions at any point? Or do we have to wait for investments to be sold?

Grants or distributions can be requested at any time. Grant checks are processed within three business days of receiving the request.

When and how can I change my investment option?

If your fund is eligible for a different investment option, you can change your selection once over a year’s time. You will need to sign a new investment form to begin the investment allocation transfer.

Investment allocation transfers will be made quarterly in January, April, July and October. Your fund would then remain in that investment option for at least one year from the month of transfer. If you request a transfer outside of those months, it would be made the following quarter. For example, a transfer requested in August would be made in October.

If you would like to transfer your investment allocation, please contact your fund steward or email support@cfozarks.org.

How long does it take to change my investment choice once requested?

Once a new investment form is signed, moving charitable funds from one investment pool to another takes about five business days.

Where do I find investment performance reports?

Performance reports for the investment options can be found in the “Fund Investment Options” section above.

When and how often are earnings and fees posted to my charitable fund?

Earnings and fees are posted monthly by the 15th day of the following month.

What are the best resources to share with my board of directors to inform them of the investment options and performance?

The CFO’s Investment Policy Statement and performance reports for your selected investment option (see the “Fund Investment Options” section above) are great places to start. We also have videos provided by Fiducient, our outsourced chief investment officer, available below.

What is the interest rate for funds held in the Cash Pool?

The Cash Pool’s interest rate for July 2024 is 5.82%.

What is the investment management fee?

  • Diversified/Growth Pool: 69 basis points

  • ESG Aware Pool: 46 basis points

  • Balanced Pool: 50 basis points

  • Cash: No fee

How long have you worked with current investment manager?

The CFO engaged Fiducient as its outsourced chief investment officer in July 2019.

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