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Perpetual Impact

In this video interview, Perpetual’s Scott Hawker explains why every not-for-profit should have an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) in place to help deliver on their mission.

An IPS provides a framework for the financial governance of your organisation, from assuring management of a reasonably predictable flow of funds to the organisation to providing a mandate for the investment adviser as to how the funds are going to be invested. It can also give comfort to donors that their money is being professionally managed.

Here’s a summary of the process involved in creating an IPS:
1. Talk to your board or investment committee about the organisation’s investment objectives.
2. Seek professional advice – whether you are developing your first IPS, or reviewing the relevance of an existing IPS.
3. Work with your investment specialist to determine your portfolio objectives including spending policies, investment objectives, risk tolerance and implementation considerations.
4. Clarify the mission and strategic objective of your organisation.
5. Align your portfolio to your needs.
6. Develop a framework for sound corporate governance around investments to reduce risk and provide confidence for stakeholders (including the process for reviewing the IPS).

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