Investment Governance

December 31, 2014

Management of our community’s philanthropic assets is a significant responsibility, one that Seattle Foundation exercises with great discipline and care. The Board of Trustees is responsible for management of investments, and it exercises this role by issuing an investment policy statement specifying available investment options and asset allocations. The Board also appoints members and establishes the guidelines for the Investment Committee.

The Investment Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Trustees and is charged with overseeing investment activities. This includes retaining investment managers to meet the objectives and monitor the performance of the investment policy. The committee consists of seven members, selected for their investment expertise and judgment. Two of these members also serve on the Board of Trustees.

Seattle Foundation also hires an independent investment consultant to assist in the investment management. The consultant provides guidance on the selection and monitoring of investment managers, allocation of assets among asset classes, management of other portfolio risk and all other aspects of portfolio management. The consultant is compensated strictly on a fee basis and receives no compensation in connection with the management of the Foundation's assets from any other sources. Currently, the investment consultant is Colonial Consulting in New York City.

See Full List of Investment Managers

    • Aberdeen Asset Management
      Actis LLP
      Alcion Ventures
      Ares Investment Management LLC
      Artisan Partners
      Brookside Capital Partners
      Brown Capital 
      Canyon Capital Advisors LLC
      Colchester Global Investors Ltd.
      Commonfund Capital
      Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn
      Denham Capital Management
      Eagle Capital Management
      FLAG Capital Management
      Forester Offshore, Ltd.
      GMT Capital Offshore Management LLC 
      HarbourVest Partners LLC
      Highclere International Investors
      INVESCO Private Capital
      Lansdowne Partners International Ltd.
      Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P.
      Marathon Asset Management Services Ltd. 
      Mason Capital Management LLC
      Mondrian Investment Group 
      Northern Trust
      Northgate Capital
      Oaktree Capital Management
      Owl Creek Asset Management 
      Park Street Capital
      Patron Capital Advisors
      PIMCO
      RCG Longview
      RCP Advisors LLC 
      RREEF  
      Sankaty Advisors
      Silchester International Advisors
      TIFF Advisory Services, Inc.
      Van Eck Securities
      Vanguard
      Varde Partner Inc.
      Warburg Pincus LLC
      Wellington Trust Company 
      West River Capital LLC
      Westwood Global Investments LLC
      WH Parallel Advisors LLC