Investment Performance

Waco Foundation measures its performance in a number of ways...

In 2008, Waco Foundation began to diversify the investment portfolio across various asset classes and styles with the overall goal of earning a return that maintains our funds' purchasing power over time while producing a steady stream of income for the organizations or causes the fund supports. Although the Foundation's investment portfolio has performed well in a number of comparisons, the measurements on the long-term horizon (the seven year data) ultimately matters most, and all evidence indicates that Waco Foundation will be able to maintain the real value of assets over time.

All fundholders receive a quarterly statement which indicates the performance of their fund. In addition, Waco Foundation staff members frequently attend nonprofit board and finance committee meetings of fundholder nonprofit organizations to provide information on fund management and investment performance. Fundholders or other interested parties that would like to receive a presentation or additional information about investment performance may contact Waco Foundation’s office for more information.

Performance Measure #1 - Comparison to universe of peer organizations:

Waco Foundation compares itself to InvestorForce; 804 foundations and endowments across the United States. You can see from the following chart that Waco Foundation's portfolio performed close to the median range for all time horizons.

06.30.18 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 7 yr
Median 7.5% 5.8% 7.1% 6.6%
Waco Foundation 7.3% 6.0% 6.7% 6.5%

Performance Measure #2 - Comparison to 5% plus CPI:

In order determine if the investments are meeting the goal of maintaining the funds' purchasing power over time while allowing for a 5% yearly distribution, the Foundation’s performance is compared to a benchmark of the CPI (Consumer Price Index, or inflation) plus 5%, on a monthly, quarterly, annual, three-year, five-year and seven-year time horizon.  The most recent performance of the Foundation shows that our investments are beating this benchmark in the long-term time horizon. 

09.30.18 1 mo 3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 7 yr
Endowment -0.1% 2.4% 2.6% 6.0% 9.4% 6.0% 8.8%
CPI plus 5% 0.5% 1.8% 5.5% 7.4% 7.3% 6.7% 6.6%

Performance Measure #3 - Comparison to aggregate benchmark:

In addition, Waco Foundation's investments are compared to an aggregate benchmark, comprised of an appropriate ratio of the benchmarks used for each investment class. Waco Foundation's Investments are performing better than this composite benchmark over most time horizons, including the long-term, seven year time horizon.

09.30.18 1 mo 3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 7 yr
Endowment -0.1% 2.4% 2.6% 6.0% 9.4% 6.0% 8.8%

Total Endow. Benchmark

 0.2% 2.3% 2.3% 6.2% 9.1% 6.3% 8.2%

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