Commonfund Benchmarks Study

Commonfund Benchmarks Study

NBOA is committed to providing member schools with valuable comparative data to help inform your financial decision-making processes. The Commonfund Benchmarks Study of Independent Schools is one of the finest examples of this work.

Each year, NBOA partners with one of its founding business partners, Commonfund, to conduct a survey that assesses independent school endowments and their trends. The results are analyzed to help put the data in context. The study explores a number of constructive and timely topics, including total returns, asset allocation, spending-and-fund flows, and debt. The study also covers investment management and governance.

The study can help your school answer questions such as these:

  • Have you been reviewing your asset allocation and wondered what others are doing?
  • Are you considering changing your endowment spending policy?
  • Do you know how your school compares to others of similar size and scale?

This study is an effective resource to answer these—and many other—questions.

Free Report
Download a free copy of the 2016 Commonfund Benchmarks Study.

Current and Past Studies

NBOA members can access the current and prior year reports below.

Questions? Contact Mary Kay Markunas at marykay.markunas@nboa.org or call 202-407-7135.

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The only research study based on the audited financial statements of independent schools, the Financial State of the Industry draws on data from hundreds of NBOA member schools collected in the BIIS platform. This report considers financial and operational data from the singular 2019-20 school year, which ended with remote instruction for most independent U.S. schools. Changes in schools’ financial health occurred both before the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result of it.

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