Units may wish to invest unrestricted operating funds in the Long-term Investment Pool (LTIP) by creating a fund functioning as an endowment (FFE). This vehicle functions much like a mutual fund, whereby participants buy shares at the current market rate and receive a per-share annual income payout as determined by Cornell's board of trustees.
It is important to realize that this investment vehicle does not have a guaranteed rate of return, and that participants expose their investments to market losses, as well as gains. All market risks associated with FFE investments are assumed within the college, department, or unit. To minimize a unit's investment risk associated with investing in the LTIP, the university has established the following guidelines associated with FFE investments.
If you have questions about these rules, please contact Accounting.
The establishment of any new Cornell University Foundation funds (also invested in the LTIP) will carry the same minimum investment requirement; however, due to the nature of the funds and requirements of donor advised fund programs, none of the withdrawal requirements described below apply.
Gifts of $25 million or more that are received for a specific, approved capital project in advance of construction will be considered for investment in the Treasurer's office working capital portfolio. The intent of these actions is to protect the value of these shorter-term investments; we will review the guidelines on an annual basis to be sure they continue to meet the needs of the university.