Investment Performance

Donors creating a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc. can choose to participate in one of the Foundation's investment pools. Below are the investment objectives and performance of the available pools.

Investment Pool A

Investment Objective: The primary investment objective of Pool A is to maximize total return in real terms over a long time period while minimizing the possibility of permanent loss of capital. The intent is to preserve the purchasing power of grants and portfolio values based on the current spending policies of funds participating in the pool. Pool A holds a large portion of the Foundation’s total assets including the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment, the Fund for Chattanooga, and other endowment funds seeking long-term (over 10 years) performance.

Management of Pool A: Stewardship of these valuable community assets is the responsibility of the Foundations Investment Committee. The committee’s responsibilities include the determination of target allocation, selection of asset classes and managers, rebalancing of assets and performance evaluation. The Investment Committee contracted the investment consulting services of Memphis-based Gerber/Taylor Associates, Inc. in 1995. Gerber/Taylor has approximately 100 clients who have over $18 billion in combined assets.

Asset and Investment Performance as of 12/31/16:

Assets in Pool A: $76,874,912

Number of Funds Participating in Pool A: 149 (of 366)


4Q 2016

3 year5  year  10    year
Returns for Pool A

Returns for Index (60% S&P 500 -40% BBgBarc Aggregate)


Calendar Returns for Pool A

2016     4.8% 2015      -3.0%2014      4.8%2013     18.8%2012    12.1%
2011   -0.02%2010   12.83%2009  24.17%2008  -22.49%2007  12.14%
2006   17.98% 2005   10.80%2004   12.77%2003   19.17%2002   -4.05%

Calendar Returns for Pool A since inception (9/1/96) 7.5%



Investment Pool B

Investment Objective: The primary objective of Pool B is growth through capital appreciation using proper asset class diversification. The portfolio use of fixed income is for diversification purposes with little consideration toward income. The portfolio uses exchange-traded funds (ETFs) among different asset classes and sub-classes having differing investment styles. The portfolio is currently allocated 75% in equities and 25% in fixed income. The ETF Moderate Growth Portfolio is intended for investors with high levels of risk tolerance and a long-term investment horizon.

Investment Manager: The investment committee of the foundation has chosen FTB Advisors, Inc. to manage Pool B. FTB Advisors is a registered investment company focused on managing investment portfolios for clients in the private, corporate and public sectors. FTB Advisors is responsible for over $4 billion in client assets.

Assets and Performance:

Pool B: began as offering January 1, 2017

MRQYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year
Returns for Pool B1.5810.1410.14N/AN/A

*75% MSCI World , 25% Barclays Capital Intermediate US G/C

Investment Pool C

Investment Objective: The primary investment objective of Pool C is the preservation of assets. This option is chosen by donors for short-term, non-endowed Donor-Advised Funds and also for many of the project funds held by the Foundation. Donors who choose Pool C seek to preserve their charitable assets and are not interested in the growth strategies due to the risks associated.

Management of Pool C: Pool C is held at First Tennessee Bank with the underlying investment in the FTB Deposit account. Funds deposited in the FTB Deposit Account are generally eligible for deposit insurance by the FDIC up to a total of $250,000 principal and accrued interest. Amounts over $250,000 invested in the FTB Deposit Account are collateralized by U.S. Government or Agency securities. The Fund seeks to obtain as high a level of current income as is consistent with the preservation of principal and liquidity within the limitations prescribed for the fund.

Asset and Investment Performance as of 12/31/16:

Assets in Pool C: $9,560,274
Number of Funds Participating in Pool C: 210 (of 366)


Returns for Pool C 12/16: 0.34%

Pool C was moved to a new investment in November 2016. 

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Investment Performance information is unaudited and subject to revision.