How We Invest
How We Invest
Our Strategy
  • Establish a strategic asset allocation which is expected to achieve the Foundation’s long-term return objective to preserve Foundation purchasing power.
  • No attempt is made to time the market or change strategy based on near-term outlook.
  • Diversify the portfolio by asset class and strategy. This reduces risk and increases the likelihood of achieving the return objective under different economic and market conditions.
  • Investments are required to meet socially responsible guidelines.
Asset allocation

The Foundation’s assets are well-diversified using a long-term strategic approach.

  • 68% of the assets are invested in equity securities, 20% are invested in fixed income, and 12% in alternatives, real estate, and cash.
  • Within the equity portion of the portfolio, the Foundation invests in large cap, mid cap and small cap companies as well as international and emerging market companies.
  • The expected return of the portfolio is 7.0%. This return will allow the Foundation to support its mission, even after adjusting for inflation. While there is risk associated with investing in equities, the return potential over the long-term is significant. Fixed income strategies historically have been less risky, but investing in bonds alone is not likely to provide enough return to support the long-term return objective of the Foundation. Real estate and inflation hedging strategies increases the diversification of the portfolio and assist in managing risk.
How we oversee our portfolio

Investment Committee — Monitors performance, asset allocation, manager allocations and manager style adherence.


Marquette Associates – Brings together the real-world experience of their people and industry leading expertise to build long-term relationships with their clients. Their focused service approach centers each client’s unique objectives and circumstances to build and effective investment program that meets their needs. Their careful research is known for its practical engagement of them most important issues investors face – presented in clear, concise deliverables.


Marquette Associates investment consulting services help institutions like the Foundation control the three key factors that lead to successful investment programs and fiduciary responsibility – risk, quality, and cost.


Through a customized investment portfolio that follows the Socially Responsible Guidelines for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Marquette Associates determine the appropriate asset classes, seek opportunities to add risk-adjusted value, manage risk parameters, and provide ongoing due diligence.

Total Portfolio Investment Performance vs Benchmark as of December 31, 2023
1 Year3 Year5 Year7 Year10 Year
The Foundation15.4%2.8%6.8%5.9%5.9%
Policy Benchmark¹14.2%3.7%8.4%7.3%7.3%
CPI +58.6%10.9%9.3%8.7%8.7%
60% MSCI AC/40% Barclays Capital Aggregate15.4%2.2%7.7%6.7%6.7%

¹The Target Asset Allocation Benchmark is a weighted average of market indices using the Foundation’s strategic asset allocation through time. Comprised of 18% S&P 500, 12% Barclays Intermediate Govt/Corp, 19% MSCI EAFE, 8% MSCI ACWI, 6% FTSE World Govt Bond, 7% Russell 2500, 7% Russel Mid Cap, 9% MSCI Emerging, 2% NCREIF Real Estate, 4% JP Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified, 6% Bloomberg Commodity, 2% U.S. T-Bills.