Not-for-profit investment handbook

A five part handbook that will help you define your goals and objectives, focus on governance and managing risk and develop a long term investment strategy.


As a for-purpose fiduciary you need to ensure that your organisation has the money, talent, experience and resources to fund your organisation’s mission, and you need to do this in an uncertain market environment. It’s a lot to ask.

To help you meet these challenges we are creating this series. The handbook will provide a roadmap to help give your investment programme the best chance of achieving your goals.

The handbook provides practical worksheets throughout. These worksheets are a useful resource for fiduciaries who are new to their roles, or who simply want to brush up on a few concepts.

Section Summary

Section 1: Defining your mission driven goals and objectives

We start off by working through some of the foundational aspects of investment management including the relationship between risk and return. We also look at defining your investment objectives to align with your organisational purpose and provide you with the key elements of a ‘great’ Investment Policy Statement (IPS).

Section 2: Building a strong risk management and fiduciary framework

We provide some structures and frameworks trustees can use to ensure good governance. The first half of this section focuses on governance issues and introduces our fiduciary road map, a structure by which key investment decisions should be made. In the second half, we consider how to apply risk management processes to the fiduciary roadmap, particularly in regards to good governance and the importance of defining and understanding roles and delegation.

Section 3: Determining your strategic asset allocation

We look at investment planning and portfolio design. We outline the key principles of portfolio design to be considered to build an investment strategy that will best help your organisation meet its investment objectives. We also discuss why asset allocations differ among For-Purpose organisations and dispel some of the myths that are commonly portrayed about portfolio design.

Section 4: Selecting managers and strategies to achieve your goals

We explore the construction of your investment portfolio including going into detail on picking the right investment managers for your specific asset allocation and investment needs. We look at ways to determine if your managers have robust research processes with our worksheet designed to show any gaps. This section also touches on striking the right balance between active and passive investment strategies.

Section 5: Ongoing management of your investment portfolio

The difference between an investment strategy and an investment solution is the ability to evolve to meet changing needs and circumstances. In this section, we discuss what you need to do to effectively manage your portfolio to meet your needs over time. We also have a worksheet to help you consider the governance around your decision-making and implementation processes and how best to apply the management of a portfolio to fit in with these processes.
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For more information please contact:

Rebekah Dunn
Head of Not for Profit
+612 9229 5454

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