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Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of more than 400 Chief Investment and Financial Officers from approximately 200 of the largest private foundations in the United States and Europe. The organization was founded in 1974 when a small group of foundation leaders assembled for lunch at the Rockefeller Foundation to launch a forum in which they could discuss investment strategies and share best practices in managing charitable assets. Our members' foundations now represent more than $300 billion in assets.


FFOG’s mission is to facilitate opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas, and to encourage networking, among its members to further their development as financial and investment leaders and foundation officers.

Semi-Annual Meetings

FFOG’s semi-annual meetings take place in major cities in the US and Europe. The meetings begin on Wednesday at noon, and conclude on Friday at noon.  They are held in the fall (usually October), and in the spring (usually April), and include approximately 125 attendees from the US and Europe. Our meeting content engages global thought leaders in investments, finance, accounting, academia, politics, management, and strategy, along with dynamic member participation.

Other FFOG Initiatives

FFOG hosts an active members-only web site which is a rich source of information and member connectivity. We host frequent webinars to inform members of innovative investment or financial developments. We facilitate collaboration on-line with our members through discussion forums and various project and other collaboration tools.

Recent FFOG Speakers: 

Robert Arnott Roger Ibbotsen  André Perold
Cliff Asness Seth Klarman David Rubenstein
Peter Bernstein Martin Liebowitz Lewis Sanders
Michael Cembalest Bob Litterman Jeffrey Slocum 
Abby Joseph Cohen Michael Mauboussin Barton Waring
William Donaldson Laurence Meyer Byron Wien
Jeremy Grantham Michael Moritz Sam Zell
Bill Gross Barbara Novick Jason Zweig
Speaking engagements at FFOG semi-annual meetings are by invitation only.

A Confidential Forum, Free From Commercial Solicitation 

In all activities, FFOG stresses a culture where members regard all communications as "between members only.” This supports an atmosphere of mutual trust and willingness to share expertise and experiences. For speakers, FFOG has a no-marketing policy.  No direct or indirect marketing is permitted by speakers before, during or following the meeting. Moreover, there should be no marketing from the lectern or the panel. Speakers and panelists should avoid discussing the performance of their particular funds.  FFOG does not pay speaking fees or honoraria.