Investments - Learn About BTCF - Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation preserves and protects your investments and charitable intentions forever. When you establish an endowment through BTCF, your gift continues to grow and benefit your community now and in the future. The pooled resources of BTCF’s many donors gives you access to a highly diversified portfolio with world-class money managers who would not otherwise be available to you.

As stewards of the charitable resources entrusted to us, BTCF works to manage your investments guided by our nationally recognized Investment Committee – a group of board and community members with deep institutional investment experience. The Committee employs top Investment Managers in each class.

Investment Strategy

BTCF’s investment strategy is to maximize return while preserving capital and liquidity, producing consistent and stable growth with low to moderate risk. Our goal is to grow your endowment so that you can grant more to the causes you care about. Learn more about our investment program by watching our 2019 Investing for Good webinar.

Investment Pools & Performance

POOL  Q2 2020
  Primary Managed Pool 11.9 -3.4 3.2 6.3 6.4 7.3 8.0 $139.6M
Managed Pool Benchmark* 10.4 -3.1 2.5 5.5 5.4 6.5 7.4 N/A
  Traditional 65% Equities /
  35% Bond Index
13.5 -2.8 3.3 5.6 5.7 6.1 7.1 N/A
  Socially Responsible Pool 12.3 -1.6 4.4 6.3 6.2 7.6 8.1 $12.7M
  Income Pool 3.6 3.4 6.1 4.1 3.8 3.2 3.4 $1.275M
  Minimum Risk Pool 0.1 0.4 1.3 1.4 0.9 0.6 0.4 $1.98M

Primary Managed Pool Performance as of June 30, 2020

Following a challenging market environment during the first quarter of 2020, the portfolio rebounded by 11.9% in the second quarter, bringing total assets to $139.6 million. The portfolio outperformed on a relative basis, exceeding both the policy and actual indices in the quarter. Portfolio performance remains ahead of both the policy and actual indices on a trailing three-, five-, seven- and 10-year basis, largely due to strong absolute and relative performance within the global equity and flexible capital segments.

In absolute terms, all segments of the portfolio posted positive results during the quarter. It was a risk-on market environment, and global equities were the best performing asset category. Domestic equities outperformed international equities, as the portfolio’s U.S. equity sleeve returned 23.2% as compared to 17.0% for non-U.S. developed equities and 22.8% for emerging market equities. The flexible capital lineup also captured a portion of the equity market’s gains, returning 6.1% during the period. The portfolio’s fixed income holdings posted a 6.0% return, far exceeding the Barclays U.S. Aggregate index return as credit spreads tightened during the period. Liquid capital also posted a modest positive return of 0.1%.

SRI Portfolio Performance as of June 30, 2020

The SRI portfolio recovered during the second quarter, adding back 12.3% to offset the first quarter loss, and exceed the policy index during the quarter by 1.3%. Returns for the one-year period through June 30 were 4.4% versus 3.7% for the benchmark. The portfolio has $12.7 million in assets. 

This portfolio is competitive with our managed pool and includes two portfolio screens:

  • 100% exclusion of: Nuclear power, fracking, tar sands, carbon reserves, coal, and oil, gas and consumable fuels.
  • Less than 5% of revenue: Gambling, civilian firearms, alcohol, for-profit prisons, adult entertainment.

Prime Buchholz, our independent consultant, has recertified our portfolio as being in compliance with our social impact screens.

Income Pool Performance as of June 30, 2020

The income pool portfolio increased by 3.6% during the second quarter, exceeding the policy benchmark by 0.8%. One-year returns were 6.1% versus 8.4% for the benchmark. Total assets at the end of the quarter were $1.275 million.

For more information on the foundation’s investment program, please contact Vice President of Finance and Administration Joe Baker by email or at 413.229.0370 x112.

*The foundation’s investment benchmarks are calculated as a weighted average of standard financial industry indices in each asset class and appropriate to individual managers based on objectives.

End of Year Market Review 2019

View Managed Pool Current Performance

8.3% 10-year average annual return* / 8.5% 5-year annual return*

Created for the bulk of our funds’ assets and structured on the premise that a bias toward quality equity investments will ensure the best total return over time, although it may be more volatile over the short-term. Average annual investment manager fees total 1%.

*Net of investment manager fees

View a description of the asset mix.


View SRI Pool Current Performance

8.8% 10-year average annual return* / 8.5% 5-year annual return*

Created in March 2009 for those individuals or organizations that want fund assets invested with an environmental, social and governance screen, and are willing to forgo annual return potential in certain market segments of the broader economy, that may or may not affect total return. The average annual investment management fee is 0.45% and the allocation is 60% equities and 40% fixed income and cash equivalents.

*Net of investment manager fees

View Income Pool Current Performance

3.3% 10-year average annual return* / 4.1% 5-year annual return*

Appropriate for funds where minimizing risk and not being subject to short-term equity volatility is important. This pool does not take advantage of potential long-term equity growth. The average annual investment management fee is 0.46% and the allocation is 100% fixed income and cash equivalents.

*Net of investment manager fees

View Minimum Risk Pool Current Performance

0.4% 10-year average annual return* / 0.9% 5-year annual return* 

Accommodates funds that are generally short term in nature and are focused on investment of capital with minimal risk. The return fluctuates with daily money market rates. The investment management fee is 0.0% for this Pool.

*Net of investment manager fees

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