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Investment seminars for foundation trustees and directors

Your guide to strategy and management

This two-day programme will empower trustees and senior foundation executives to realise the full potential of their investment assets to achieve their charitable and financial objectives.

ACF is offering this truly unique opportunity to learn in a friendly and focused environment, with opportunities to compare perspectives with foundation peers. You will consider foundation endowment strategy with expert speakers from four leading investment companies, as well as senior foundation practitioners.

Taken together the two seminars give a complete overview of key principles for trustees in the governance, strategy and management of foundation endowments.

Please find a copy of the brochure here.

Day 01
The Prior Questions - Financial Policy

03 July, 9.30am – 5pm
Mercer, London
Full details of each venue will be provided on booking.

This seminar covers the key strategic issues that foundation trustees need to consider before approaching the investment markets. 


  • The legal and charitable context – trustees’ legal, fiduciary and moral responsibilities within the law and regulatory guidance
  • Deciding what to spend – developing a framework within which to address this key question for endowed foundations
  • The role of mission, values and reputation in driving investment strategy
  • Getting your governance arrangements right – assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your foundation’s approach
  • Considering the options for buying in or co-opting reliable sources of advice

Speakers ACF, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Cazenove Charities, Health Foundation, Mercer, Tudor Trust, and other foundations.

Day 02
Investment Policy and Execution

04 July 9am – 5pm
CCLA, London
Full details of each venue will be provided on booking.

This seminar equips trustees to put their endowment strategy into practice.


  • How financial policy feeds into the objectives of your investment policy
  • The relationship of risk and return in investment strategy, the characteristics of different asset classes and the purpose of diversification
  • The range of investment approaches and styles, and how endowment size and internal capacity may constrain your choices
  • How to go about choosing managers – the process and the principles – and how mandates are designed
  • The direct and hidden costs of different styles of investment and asset classes
  • How to judge the performance of investment managers
  • What can happen in times of extreme economic and financial stress and how markets can behave

Speakers ACF, CCLA, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, John Ellerman Foundation, Mercer, Ruffer and other foundations.


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