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Office of Business and Finance


The Business Office is responsible for endowment, trusts and other investments of the college.


Lewis & Clark College, formerly known as Albany Collegiate Institute, was founded in 1867 when Albany residents raised $8,000 in cash and promissory notes to erect a building for the school on land donated by Thomas and Walter Monteith. Over the years, thousands of donors have established endowed funds for scholarships, professorships, and many other purposes. Today, Lewis & Clark’s endowment comprises of nearly 70 funds with a market value of $231.9 million as of May 31, 2015.   The endowment at Lewis & Clark plays a vital role in supporting the college’s educational mission.

The long-term financial objective for the endowment is to preserve and enhance the value of the principal in order to provide a stable stream of earnings in perpetuity supporting the College’s spending needs. The College’s Investment Committee provides oversight for the endowment investment management. Investment decisions are made with the intent of  obtaining returns sufficient to grow the inflation-adjusted value of the endowment in perpetuity. The approved investment and spending policies listed below serve as guidelines for the endowment investment program.

  • Investment Policy - sets the asset allocation, and is reviewed regularly and updated as needed.

  • Spending Policy - spends 4.5 percent of the sixteen quarter moving average market value of the Endowment Fund annually for the designated purposes of the funds.The College may spend an additional 0.5 percent annually as determined by operational results.

May 31, 2015 Market Value & Asset Allocations
Asset Allocation






Market Value


Domestic Common Stock 10%-20% 17.7%  $41,074
International Common Stock 18%-28% 26.3% $61,025
Marketable Alternatives 10%-30% 22.7%  $52,721
Venture Capital/Private Equity      0%-20% 8.7%  $20,133
Inflation Protection 5%-25% 7.4%  $17,193
Fixed Income 5%-25% 15.5% $36,046
Opportunistic 0%-5% 0%  $-
Cash and Other 0%-10% 1.6%  $3,720
Total Endowment Value 100% 100% $231,911


Endowment Managers as of May 31, 2015


Charitable Remainder Trusts, a tool of planned giving, are accounted for in Business Office. Trustors/ Donors may wish to contact The Office of Development - Planned Giving. Beneficiaries are welcome to contact Steve Kirkwood 503-768-7798; email:

Giving to the College