Organizational Structure

Investment Committee

Not every board needs an investment committee. If the organization has sizable assets, an endowment, and/or a planned giving program, it probably should form an investment committee. This committee’s responsibility is not to invest the funds, but to ensure there is a secure framework for safe investments of all applicable funds and that an independent manager manages the assets under the committee’s supervision.

The primary duties of an investment committee are:

  • Drafting investment policies for the organization
  • Hiring and overseeing the performance of an outside investment manager
  • Setting performance goals for the portfolio
  • Following the markets closely
  • Being familiar with new regulations affecting the invested assets
  • Reporting investment developments to the rest of the board


Additional references:

Investment Policies for Nonprofits-National Council for Nonprofits

The Board's Role in Supervising Investments and Three Must-Dos-BoardSource