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Michael Miller Addresses Bear Market Challenges to Endowment Management at the 2009 Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference


New York, NY, October 1, 2009 - Colonial Consulting, LLC, a leading investment advisor with a core focus on non-profits, announces that Managing Director Michael Miller will be addressing Bear Market Challenges to Endowment Management at the 2009 Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference.

The market crash of 2008 presented significant challenges to the bedrock principles of endowment management. Michael Miller will address key questions, including: Is the endowment model a failure? How much risk should be assumed during a down market? Should an endowment shift to cash and fixed income? Is asset diversification a failed strategy? Miller will also present results and trends from the 鈥2008 Investment Performances and Practices Survey.鈥 Bring questions from your experiences to this session.

Joining Mr. Miller will be Danah C. Craft, Vice President of Programs & Constituency Services for the Council on Foundations and Paul DeMarco, Acting CEO for the Community Foundation of Sonoma County.

The conference takes place in San Antonio, TX, between October 5 and 7. Information regarding the session can be found at the conference web site.

About Colonial Consulting, LLC
Colonial Consulting is a leading investment consulting firm founded in 1980 with a focus on strong performance. With our experience, expertise, and in-depth research, we provide exceptional investment advice and full service consulting so that our clients can meet their financial objectives and long-term ability to achieve their mission. Approximately 90% of our clients鈥 assets are in endowments or foundations. As a result, our firm is structured to specifically work with the requirements and challenges of these institutions. Our efforts are focused on a number of areas and are driven by the deeply rooted philosophy that we exist to serve clients and that their success defines our own.

About the Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include approximately 2,000 independent, operating, community, public, company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The assets of Council members total more than $307 billion. The Council鈥檚 mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

Please direct all press inquiries to:

Charles Georgalas
750 Third Avenue 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Bear Market Challenges to Endowment Investment Management - Slides.pdf2.55 MB