A detailed summary of financial returns and management data for a variety of conservation trust funds (CTFs), obtained through investment surveys. This financial information is shared among CTFs in the hopes of offering insights into successful investment strategies and of fostering best practices.
There are many conservation trust funds (CTFs) of varying sizes and missions, supported by a range of financing, that operate throughout the world.
While some of these are funded through annual government appropriations or manage sinking funds where capital is spent down over time, many also manage endowment funds, relying upon the return from endowment investments to sustain their operations.
Many of CTFs operate without the benefit of broader information and knowledge sharing, especially with regard to financial information. Instead, many CTFs are
operating in relative isolation and therefore devise their investment strategies and management practices without the ability to draw upon one another’s experiences.
The Conservation Trust Fund Investment Survey (CTFIS) was created in order to bridge this divide.