Dartmouth College reached $4.5 billion mark in Endowment on June 30, after the value of the endowment accumulated through decades of donations and investments.

“Strong equity markets drove endowment returns, but the portfolio benefited particularly from excellent performance within private asset classes,” Pamela Peedin, an alumnus of Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business, who is the chief investment officer, said in a release announcing the results.

The release heralded a 19.2 percent return on endowment investments that surpassed the 15.3 percent return of a benchmark portfolio comprising 60 percent equities, or stocks, and 40 percent bonds.

Justin Anderson, a college spokesman, said that $1.6 billion, or 36 percent of the endowment, was “invested in private investments.”

Dartmouth pursues an investment strategy that aims to achieve returns sufficient to cover spending and offset inflation without taking on excessive risks. “Historical averages indicate that an annual return between 8 percent and 10 percent is needed to meet this goal,” according to the college’s audited financial statement for fiscal 2013. In fiscal 2014, Dartmouth tapped the endowment for 20 percent of the revenue for its operating budget. The inflation rate during that period was 2.1 percent.

Source: Valley News


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The University of California, a public university system in the U.S. state of California, announced it has set up UC Ventures, an independent $250 million fund for investments in UC, according to the WSJ’s Erica Phillips reports.

The effort is part of an overall trend toward increased entrepreneurism arising from campus research. Stanford and other universities have created incubators and accelerators.

But the shift to a more entrepreneurial approach on campuses hasn’t enjoyed unanimous support. Some faculty members have expressed concern that such investment activity favors certain departments over others and fosters a competitive, market-driven atmosphere that isn’t conducive to pure academic research, the WSJ reports.

Other groups are using university entrepreneurial ties to raise their own funds, too. Venture Capital Dispatch reports that a group of Dartmouth alums is raising a fund, Green D Founders Fund, which will pool money from up to 40 Dartmouth alumni and back 12 to 18 startups whose founders or managers have a Dartmouth connection. As more university students–and faculty–see college as the place to launch startups, investor interest in places of higher learning figures to increase.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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