Investment Strategy & Performance

As stewards of the charitable funds entrusted to us, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is committed to seeking the best possible returns while minimizing risk so that donors can grant more to the communities and causes they care about—now and for years to come.

Investment Performance as of June 30, 2023

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Managed Pool






Managed Pool Benchmark








Traditional 65% Equities /
35% Bond Index






Socially Responsible Pool






Income Pool







Minimum Risk Pool


The Foundation’s Managed Pool is an endowment model portfolio that is diversified among public equities and fixed income investments and alternatives flexible capital (hedge fund) and private equity investments. The goal of the portfolio is to achieve strong long-term returns with lower volatility than similar marketable portfolios while maintaining the purchasing power of our endowment funds over time. Investment, consultant and custodial fees total 1.06%, and returns are reported net of managed fees.

Investment Commentary: Q1 2023

During the first quarter, Capital markets rallied on a bullish shift in monetary expectations and shrugged off banking sector stress. As interest rate expectations fell, market strength shifted sharply towards growth stocks, especially large and mega cap names. Outside the US, developed and emerging markets grew even faster. Bonds also gained ground for the second straight quarter on higher coupons.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Managed Pool portfolio gained 4.5% during the first quarter of 2023. For the trailing year, the portfolio fell 3.6%, but finished 1.4% ahead of its Policy Index. Assets totaled $178.4 million and with all asset segments allocated within their respective target ranges. The Total Public Equity segment, comprising 44% of the portfolio, gained 7.5% and generated the majority of returns. Flexible Capital (+2.2%) and Fixed Income (+2.1%) also finished in positive territory. Private Equity (on a one-quarter lag) similarly added 2.4%.

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Asset Class (% of Allocation)Lower BoundaryUpper Boundary
Global Equity (Public and Private)


• Global Public Equity35%65%
• Domestic Equity25%50%
• Non-U.S. Developed Equity7%20%
• Emerging Markets Equity0%10%
• Private Equity15%28%
Flexible Capital15%30%
Global Fixed Income0%20%
Real Assets0%10%

Created in March 2009 for those individuals or organizations that want fund assets invested with an environmental, social and governance screen, that is better aligned with their values and the foundation’s mission and vision. Investment portfolio fees are 0.57%.

Investment Commentary: Q1 2023

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Socially Responsible Pool portfolio gained 6.2% during the first quarter of 2023 exceeding its policy benchmark by 0.3%. Total global equity posted a +7.6% return. Flexible capital returned +5.3% as Summit led gains. Fixed income earned 2.7% and was ahead of its benchmark. The portfolio had $18.2M in assets at quarter-end and all segments were reasonably aligned with their asset allocation targets.

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Asset ClassRanges
Global Equity55-80%
Private Equity0-5%
Flexible Capital0-20%
Real Assets0-20%
Fixed Income0-20%

Appropriate for fundholders who seek to minimize risk and reduce volatility. This pool is invested in bond funds. The average annual investment fees are 0.46% and the allocation is 100% fixed income and cash equivalents.

Investment Commentary: Q1 2023

The Income Pool ended the quarter with returns of 1.8%, trailing our policy index by 1.1%. Over the past several years BTCF has reduced risk and duration in the portfolio by moving some assets from a diversified bond portfolio into a short-term high quality bonds, and is beginning a shift into Treasury funds. These changes have earned .2%/year over the past three years, exceeding our benchmark by 2.4%.

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Accommodates funds that are generally short term in nature and are focused on investment of capital with minimal risk. The Foundation’s Money Market Pool earned 1% for the first quarter of 2023, as bond interest rates have climbed. The seven day yield as of April 20th was 4.64%.

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“Our long-term goal is to deliver strong returns that outperform the market in up and down markets.”

- Liz Hilpman, Investment Committee Chair

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Investment Management

BTCF's investment program is guided by a group of board (*) and community members with extensive experience in institutional investments who together provide a broad range of expertise in different asset classes and employ top investment managers in each class.

Appointed by the foundation's board of directors from its members and others in the community, the Investment Committee meets at least quarterly to set long-term strategy, review performance, rebalance the porfolio, meet with current and prospective managers, discuss market conditions, and establish overall manager-specific benchmarks.

Our Investment Committee is supported by the foundation's Vice President for Finance and Administration and advised by Prime Buchholz of Portsmouth, N.H. Prime Buchholz is one of the country’s most reputable investment consulting firms, and its experienced team works closely with community foundations, hospitals, schools, faith-based organizations and other clients.

Liz Hilpman serves as president and chief investment officer of Barlow Partners, an investment advisory firm in New York City she joined in 2001. Prior to joining Barlow, Liz was a vice president of investments at Commonfund; an investment manager with Global Asset Management; an investment officer working in the endowment community at Dartmouth College; and the director of Alternative Manager Research at Dubin & Swieca. She is a frequent speaker at hedge fund conferences on the subjects of asset allocation, manager selection and monitoring. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Cary Institute, and in leadership roles on the investment committees of several nonprofit organizations, including as chair of the investment committee of the Maine Community Foundation. She has served on the BTCF investment committee as a community member since 2013. She holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and resides part-time with her husband in Norfolk, Conn.

Thaddeus Gray retired as a managing director at Abbott Capital Management, LLC, a New York-based investment advisor focused exclusively on private equity, in 2017. Thaddeus was chief investment officer and a member of Abbott’s executive committee. Prior to this, Thaddeus worked as syndicate manager/assistant vice president for Commerzbank Capital Markets Corporation and as an analyst in the Corporate Finance Department for Credit Commercial de France in Paris. He also serves on the board of the East Side Settlement House in New York. He served on the Sharon Association board and was co-chairman of the Security and Street Life Committee for Community Board 8 in Manhattan. He has served as a community member of the Berkshire Taconic Investment Committee since March 2013. Thaddeus, a native of Litchfield County, is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. He resides with his family in Lakeville, Conn.

Elizabeth Hewitt joined the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2015 as chief investment officer and senior vice president. She is responsible for managing the foundation’s endowment, including asset allocation strategy, fund manager selection, risk analysis, portfolio performance evaluation and liquidity management. Prior to joining the foundation, Elizabeth was managing director of public investments at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she selected and monitored investments with managers, participated on the institutions risk assessment committee and contributed to overall portfolio management. Earlier in her career, she was a senior vice president for Lazard Asset Management (2001-2006), a hedge fund analyst for The Torrey Funds (1999-2001), and a wealth management associate for the U.S. Trust Corporation (1998-1999). She holds an M.A. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Elizabeth is a trustee of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., where she has a residence.

Kelly Morgan is managing director at PRIO Wealth, formerly Seaward Management. Prior to joining Seaward in July 2008, Kelly spent 11 years with Putnam Investments in Boston. Initially, she was the lead portfolio manager on global growth retail and institutional portfolios, and then became head of global equity research prior to becoming chief investment officer for all retail and institutional U.S. large cap growth portfolios. Prior to Putnam, Kelly spent 10 years managing Global Growth Equity portfolios for Alliance Capital Management in New York and London. Before graduate school, she spent two years as an analyst with Morgan Stanley Asset Management. Kelly received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Middlebury College (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) in 1984. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988.

Ann Goodbody retired from Citibank, N.A. in 2002, after spending 32 years there in various positions in the insurance and real estate divisions of corporate banking. In 1995, she became head of capital management for the holding company, Citicorp and its subsidiaries, and in that capacity had oversight for its capital adequacy, its debt and equity issues and its acquisitions and divestitures. She also became a member of the Market Risk Policy Committee, providing oversight for liquidity and market risk positions in North America. She was appointed an executive vice president in 1997 and became the chair of credit policy, responsible for the policies and procedures governing global corporate and consumer credit activities. Subsequent to the merger that created Citigroup, she became the head of credit risk management for Citibank in the 80 countries in the Emerging Markets where the bank had a presence. Ann graduated from Fordham University in 1968 with a B.S. in Economics. After a brief time on Wall Street, she joined Citibank, N.A., then named First National City Bank, and became part of the early cadre of women pursuing careers in banking and finance. She was the first woman to be appointed to the chief credit officer position of a major banking institution. She served on the board of Berkshire Taconic for nine years and is the immediate past chair of the committee.

Seth Masters is an angel investor, advisor and mentor for early-stage companies that apply enabling technologies to solve real problems. He retired from AB Bernstein in 2017, where he served for 27 years as a leader of asset management businesses. As the chief investment officer of Bernstein Private Wealth Management, he oversaw portfolios worth more than $80 billion for over 25,000 clients. His previous roles at the firm included chief investment officer of asset allocation, chief investment officer of defined contribution, chief investment officer of blend strategies, and chief investment officer of emerging markets. Among his other responsibilities, he served as the president of the Bernstein mutual funds and the Bernstein Trust company. Before joining Bernstein, he worked for five years as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. He sits on the board of the Columbia Land Conservancy. He previously served as a member of the board and the investment committee of the Wenner Gren Foundation, as well as Bennington College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in economics from Oxford University. He has a residence in Columbia County.

Thomas Quinn is an investment adviser with over 30 years of experience in banking, investment management and commercial property. He is the former global head of Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) of UBS Wealth Management and Business Banking, a position he held from 2004 to 2009. Prior to joining UBS in April 2004, he founded and managed TS Quinn Associates, LLC, a real estate investment management firm. Before that, he spent 23 years at JP Morgan where he held various senior management positions. From 1994 to 2001, Tom was responsible for JP Morgan's proprietary private equity investments in the real estate sector. He previously had a broad range of assignments in corporate finance and investment banking, including positions in New York, Mexico City and London. Tom is a director of Alpha Investment Partners Limited, a real estate investment management firm in Singapore, a trustee of The Hotchkiss School and a former member of the National Real Estate Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A.) and Middlebury College (M.A.).

Daphne Richards serves as president and CIO of Ledge Harbor Management, a single-family office, as of its formation in September 2016. Previously Daphne worked at Bessemer Trust Company, New York, from 1999 to 2014, where she was a managing director, head of hedge fund investments and co-head of Bessemer’s $5 billion Alternative Investment Group. She was a member of the investment committees for Bessemer's private equity/venture capital and real estate/real assets programs, and she chaired the hedge fund investment committee. She also served as a member of Bessemer’s Investment Policy and Strategy Committee. Prior to Bessemer, Daphne held senior investment roles at Frank Russell Company, Union Bank of Switzerland and Credit Suisse. Daphne is an independent director of Cartica Capital Management LLC and of Cohen and Steers Mutual Funds. Daphne is a member of the Northeast Dutchess Fund advisory committee. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and has a residence in Stanfordville, N.Y.

Financial Information

Founded in 1987 with an anonymous donation of $100,000, we now manage charitable assets of $200 million. Through sophisticated investing, careful management of operating expenses and generous contributions from individuals, families and organizations, we continue to grow and serve as an enduring source of support for current and future needs.

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