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June 22, 2022

OCIO At a Glance

Choosing the Right Investment Manager for Your Organization

Partnering with a trusted investment advisor like Glenmede that shares fiduciary responsibility can allow your organization to focus on its foremost priority of achieving its mission. Glenmede serves as a trusted outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) to over 250 nonprofits and foundations.

Why Outsource?

An OCIO takes responsibility for the day-to-day investment decision-making for an organization’s portfolio, acting within the guidelines set forth by an investment policy statement. Your organization can delegate investment discretion and the corresponding fiduciary responsibility to a trusted advisor experienced managing asset pools.

Investment committees that engage an OCIO have more time to dedicate — and focus on — their organization’s strategy and mission.

Accountability and fiduciary responsibilities can be clearly defined at the outset. An OCIO can serve as a comprehensive fiduciary partner to your organization. Examples of typical services provided are:

  • investment policy development
  • asset allocation modeling
  • portfolio implementation and rebalancing
  • financial and performance reporting
  • board education

An OCIO should be able to provide a quick response to market changes, personalized communications, diligent oversight, efficient delivery of services and educational resources to investment committees.

Learn More … Download the OCIO Toolkit

Glenmede’s OCIO Toolkit: A Guide to Choosing the Right Investment Manager for Your Organization will walk your investment committee through the process of deciding if an OCIO is right for your organization — and the steps to take in choosing an OCIO partner that can align with your investment objectives. Click here to download the toolkit.

Inside the Toolkit

  • The reasons organizations are hiring OCIOs
  • Best practices in launching a search
  • Lessons learned
  • The RFP process, including questions to ask when interviewing candidates and educational materials such as a sample RFP
  • Appendix 1: Different oversight structures —self-management and investment consultant —and the pros and cons of each
  • Appendix 2: Fee considerations when reviewing which structure is appropriate

Choosing the Partner that Fits

The OCIO provider should be a partner, ensuring the appropriate people and expertise are in place to execute your organization’s philosophy as you work to achieve your goals.

To help, Glenmede offers several resources to help when considering an OCIO, which can be found in our Due Diligence Center on our website, including:

  • A “T” test to evaluate your OCIO options
  • RFP scorecard to track potential providers across key categories
  • Sample Request for Proposal (RFP), which can help an organization decide which OCIO provider is the “right” one

Glenmede as an OCIO
Since our inception in 1956, Glenmede has earned a reputation as a dedicated and dynamic OCIO. Your organization can benefit from our investment experience gained over years of sophisticated endowment-style management, a culture of continuous improvement and a shared set of values and interests.

Our Endowment & Foundation Management group serves a variety of clients, including educational institutions, healthcare and human service organizations, private and family foundations, museums and cultural institutions, and faith-based organizations.

We blend quantitative and fundamental disciplines for customized investment solutions that can align with your organization’s mission, vision and values, offering actively managed equity, alternative, fixed income and mission-aligned investing strategies available through mutual funds, separately managed accounts and partnerships. We execute our investment philosophy through a three-pillar process that can be customized to your organization.

If your organization is interested in learning more about the benefits of partnering with an OCIO, please email Glenmede’s Endowment & Foundation Management Team at






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