Financial Information

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  • Total assets managed increased to $230 million (as of 1/01/2021).
  • Over the past 20 years, the funding that the Foundation gives each year in the form of awards, scholarships and grants has grown from $2.33 million to a 5-year average of $6.46 million.

  • The Upstate Foundation’s endowment return is ranked above the 90 percentile for the 5- and 10-year returns in the latest NACUBO survey.
    For more information on the NACUBO Commonfund Study of Endowments, visit the National Association of College and University Business Officers at or Commonfund Institute at


Five-year growth comparison


Summary as of 1/20/2021

Assests Managed
Category Assests (in millions) Individual Funds
Endowments $109.5 312
Restricted Funds $30.2 682
Other Funds $10.8 12
Agency Accounts
(CAO & other funds)
$79.9 4
Total Assests Managed $230.4 1010











Endowment financial objectives

  • Preserve the principal value of the endowment’s portfolio, adjusted for the rate of inflation, so that the portfolio’s purchasing power will be maintained in perpetuity.
  • Maintain a prudent level of risk so that the principal value of the portfolio, adjusted for inflation, will be reasonably stable.
  • Grow principal to increase the purchasing power of the Foundation’s portfolio is a secondary objective.  
Endowment Asset Allocation
Category Allocation Manager

Domestic Equity


Black Rock, Victory Fund, Alliance Bernstein

Domestic Fixed Income


Western Asset Core Plus Bond, TCW Core

International Equity


American Funds Europac, Dodge and Cox

Real Assets



Rate of Return 1 Year 3 Years

Gross Return

17.13% 10.50%

Composite Benchmark

14.84% 9.37%


Foundation Sustaining Fund
Category Allocation Manager

Domestic Fixed Income


C.S. McKee

Rate of Return 1 Year 3 Years

Gross Return

4.90% 4.03%

Composite Benchmark

4.88% 3.83%









Name Owner Date  
Upstate Foundation FAQ   Nancy Boyce 3/16/2021 1:25:59 PM    
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