Commonfund Institute Online

The Commonfund Institute Online learning management system was developed with our educational mandate in mind and for the sole purpose of delivering educational content to fiduciaries of nonprofit organizations and other select institutions. Our continued goal is to produce a robust online learning tool and resource for nonprofit finance staff, boards, investment committees and other long-term investors.

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What You Will Get

  • Complimentary unlimited access to the curriculum for you and your colleagues
  • On-demand and live course offerings with accompanying slide decks
  • Course-specific takeaway materials to enhance your learning experience
  • An opportunity to earn continuing education credits (CPE) for your time (offered through NASBA)
  • Access to a dedicated helpdesk where Commonfund Institute Online staff are waiting to field your questions about the sessions, curriculum, etc. Available M-F 9am-5pm EST.

Commonfund Institute strives to develop and deliver a curriculum that is sought after and not available in any other medium. The success of the Commonfund Institute Online platform depends on how well we meet the needs of our users so that they leave with a better understanding of leading through complexity and navigating challenges their institutions face at the staff, board and committee level.

The foundation of Commonfund Institute Online lies in the six core principles of investment stewardship - the 6 Ps - ever-green tenets of fiduciary duty that those serving as long-term investors or in roles at nonprofit institutions should recognize and support.













About Commonfund Institute Online

Commonfund Institute Online was developed with our educational mandate in mind and for the sole purpose of delivering educational content to fiduciaries of nonprofit institutions and other select long-term investors. Our intention is to continue to add more in-depth content to the curriculum in order to produce a robust online learning tool and resource for nonprofit finance staff, boards, investment committees and other select long-term investors.  

Designed Specifically for Long-Term Investors and Fiduciaries of Nonprofit Institutions

Program content is developed with you and the challenges your organizations face in mind. The Commonfund Institute Online experience provides the opportunity for multiple people from the same institution to gain knowledge, develop insights and hone the skills to be successful fiduciaries of long-term pools of capital, all while sitting in the comfort of their own home or office.


Who Should Attend

Commonfund Institute Online is designed for fiduciaries of nonprofit institutions and other select long-term investors who want to become a more effective leader, board or investment committee member or steward as the investment environment continues to evolve and become more complex. Perhaps you are a(n):

  • Senior financial officer who is looking to better one's relationship with the board
  • Board member who is new to the role and looking for education on how to perform at your peak
  • Investment committee member who is looking for ways to hold more effective meetings
  • Investment staff seeking out ways to integrate ESG or diverse managers into your portfolio
  • Finance staff member looking for more education in order to do your job supporting the endowment better
  • And many more....


Who can participate?

Commonfund Institute Online curriculum is available to most long-term investors and those who hold roles as finance staff, boards of trustees, investment committee members and senior staff of nonprofit organizations and other select institutions.

How do I SIGN UP

If you receive an email invitation from Commonfund please follow the steps to register. If you did not receive an email please contact for assistance on how to get access to the platform.  At this time there are no prerequisites required to get access to Commonfund Institute Online content.  

Is there a limit to how many people from my organization can register?

At this time there is no limit to how many people can register for Commonfund Institute Online.

Is there a registration fee?

There is no cost to take advantage of the 6 Ps curriculum offered in 2022.

Can I receive continuing education credits for taking Commonfund Institute Online courses?

We are offering continuing education credits (CPE) for the sessions where indicated. If you would like to receive CPE credits for your time you must check the box to indicate so when registering for access to the platform. 

You will receive 1 credit for each 50 minutes of course time if you follow all of the guidelines and meeting the criteria indicated for each delivery method in the platform.


What do I have to do to receive credits?

To be awarded credits for QAS Self Study courses you must watch 100% of the course video, answer all knowledge checkpoints for each course, score 70% or better on the qualified assessment accompanying each course and complete each course survey.

For Group Internet Based courses credits are provided after confirmation of attendance using Zoom timestamps, interaction with the presenter, recognition of  code words and completion and submission of the course survey.

When will I receive my credit certificate?

Upon completion and verification of all criteria above you will be able to download your certificate automatically from the Commonfund Institute Online platform.  It will also be available in your "My Settings" page on the platform.

How long will the courses be viewable?

The courses on Commonfund Institute Online will be available until Commonfund Institute determines the content is no longer relevant or the course is refreshed.

How do you decide on the curriculum for the program?

We strive to develop a curriculum that is relevant across most types of nonprofit and other select institutions. Each year we seek to provide educational courses that offer timely and relevant information for the nonprofit sector and the investment management industry as they relate to the governance of endowed assets. All of the courses we release are done so with the intent to promote best practices in the stewardship of perpetual funds.

To find out more about the six core principles, download our brochure, Principles of Investment Stewardship for Nonprofit Organizations, by filling out this form: