Contact Us
The Aegis Group


We exclusively serve nonprofit institutions, delivering a combination of investment management with donor development consulting

Our Story and Services


Foundations, endowments and nonprofits all face unprecedented challenges in today’s economic environment – complex regulations that change frequently, escalating expenses that detract from investment returns and global forces that shape market behavior. Confronted with needing to do more with less, institutions seek a different level of strategic investment consulting or discretionary asset management. They want an experienced advisory team who can deliver both, while providing holistic advice and guidance to their leaders, board members and donors.

At The Aegis Group at Morgan Stanley, we offer a distinct alternative.

For over 25 years, we have been exclusively serving nonprofit institutions across the country, delivering a unique combination of investment management with donor development consulting. We are seasoned professionals who have spent our entire careers in the foundation and endowment arena, not only as consultants but as practitioners and board members. We know first-hand how to help achieve results, while driving outcomes that support your mission. We’ve built our practice around customizing solutions for organizations just like yours.

As you begin to work with us, you will experience a forward-thinking approach that sets us apart. Our exposure to a diverse range of clients informs our guidance and enables us to incorporate a sophisticated institutional framework to bring fresh, strategic ideas. We are also leaders in the socially responsible investing arena, as well as specialists in developing planned giving strategies that generate results.

This wisdom -- coupled with the deep resources of a global financial powerhouse – helps empower our clients to realize their ultimate goals. We offer the skills and investment process striving to deliver current stability and long-term sustainability to your financial assets and endowment.

Getting started is easy. It begins with a conversation.

We Invite You to Speak with Us. (860) 275-0765

Services Include

  • Endowments and Foundations
  • Philanthropic Services
  • Asset Management
  • Institutional Services
  • Sustainable Investing
  • Wealth Management
  • Trust Services*
  • Cash Management

Check the background of our Firm and Investment Professionals on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

Our Process

We have developed a disciplined process that has been used with institutions across the country to help them manage complexity and demonstrate their fiduciary responsibilities.

- Step 1: Organizational Assessment
Understand your mission, history and goals
Assess your asset/liability structure, liquidity requirements, time horizon, risk tolerance and overall financial condition
Perform a fiduciary and documentation review

- Step 2: Investment Policy Review
Evaluate your investment policy to ensure suitable benchmarks and procedures are aligned with your goals
Develop spending policy guidelines
Understand and develop any environmental, social and governance criteria

- Step 3:  Asset Allocation Study
Conduct probability analysis
Determine dynamic portfolio construction recommendations Identify specific tactical recommendations

- Step 4: Investment Management Strategies
Leverage the work of Morgan Stanley’s Global Investment Committee to assist in creating your customized strategy, tailored to your investment constraints and risk considerations
As a fiduciary, we have the flexibility to conduct due diligence on managers retained by a client that are not otherwise covered by Morgan Stanley’s due diligence team

- Step 5: Ongoing Review & Communications
Provide proactive monitoring services to ensure your needs and objectives are being met
Regularly review your investment policy and investments
Keep your investment committee well-apprised of performance
Provide education to trustees, staff and committees
Work with your other service providers, including attorneys and CPAs

- Step 6: Customized Services
Provide distinct services to donors through innovative planned giving consults
Deliver trust services for charitable vehicles
Offer access to lending services to effectively manage liabilities


Our name is inspired by the Greek word aigis, which means “something that offers protection.” In some mythological stories, it was a shield carried by Zeus. In others, it was an animal skin worn over the garments of the gods as extra protection. The modern concept of doing something “under someone’s aegis” means doing something under the protection of a powerful, knowledgeable or benevolent source.

At The Aegis Group, we follow one simple rule: Help protect the endowment wealth of your institution.

Our Investment Philosophy

Our commitment to our clients and their success is the cornerstone of our practice. We come to work every day engaged in making a true difference in the lives of our clients and the organizations they proudly support. To that end, we are focused on the following core elements of our investment philosophy:

• Action should be taken through discipline, not emotion.
• Managing total portfolio risk is essential to achieving long-term objectives.
• We believe in an open architecture structure, which frees us to recommend any available products and services that best suits our clients’ specific situations and goals.
• Endowment management must provide short-term stability and long-term sustainability.
• Actively managing asset allocation, portfolio composition and manager selection can potentially enhance returns.
• Active risk budgeting can enhance the potential value derived from hiring investment managers.
• Blending active and passive investments can help improve investment results, manage costs and refine the management of active risk.

We combine Morgan Stanley’s intellectual capital and global reach with our own insight to create and deliver targeted institutional solutions. We are confident our team is qualified to anticipate and help address your particular financial goals.

Philanthropic Resource Library

We believe financial education leads to better insight into our investment strategy and discipline, and ultimately, better long-term results. As a result, we are committed to providing ongoing information about managing your organization’s assets more effectively in today’s global markets. We are also focused on helping you explore how charitable giving is being redefined in more effective and meaningful ways.

To that end, we have assembled the following articles, white papers and financial tools about many of the concepts that support our philanthropic philosophy and investment strategies.

Meet The Aegis Group

Business Planning

Partnering with you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.

  • Succession Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Retirement Plan Sponsors
  • Corporate Pension Funds


Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same best-in-class service as the rest of your wealth.

  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Impact Investing


Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.

  • Asset management
  • Traditional investments
  • Alternative Investments
  • Impact Investing

Ready to start a conversation? Contact The Aegis Group today.

Dow    -201.95


Nasdaq    -91.93


S&P 500    -22.99

Market Information Delayed 20 Minutes

This information, products and services described here are intended only for individuals residing in states where this Financial Advisor is properly registered as described in this site.

Morgan Stanley reserves the right, to the extent permitted under applicable law, to retain and monitor all electronic communications. Morgan Stanley will not accept purchase or sale orders via any Internet site, social media site and/or its messaging systems. Morgan Stanley does not endorse and is not responsible and assumes no liability for content, products or services posted by third-parties on any Internet site, social media site and/or its messaging systems. All electronic communications are subject to terms available at the following link: Any profiles and associated content are for U.S. residents only

*References to length of service at Morgan Stanley include years at Morgan Stanley and predecessor firms.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

The securities/instruments, investments and investment strategies discussed in this material may not be suitable for all investors. The appropriateness of a particular investment or investment strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives. The views and opinions expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley.

Certified Financial Planner™ Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® (with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP® Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Investment Management Consultants Association, Inc. owns the marks CIMA®, Certified Investment Management AnalystSM (with graph element)®, and Certified Investment Management AnalystSM .

*Private Bankers are employees of Morgan Stanley Private Bank, National Association, Member FDIC

* Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC does not accept appointments nor will it act as a trustee but it will provide access to trust services through an appropriate third-party corporate trustee.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC is a registered Broker/Dealer, Member SIPC, and not a bank. Where appropriate, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC has entered into arrangements with banks and other third parties to assist in offering certain banking related products and services.

Investment, insurance and annuity products offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC are: NOT FDIC INSURED | MAY LOSE VALUE | NOT BANK GUARANTEED | NOT A BANK DEPOSIT | NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC offers insurance products in conjunction with its licensed insurance agency affiliates.

Life insurance, disability income insurance, and long-term care insurance are offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC's licensed insurance agency affiliates.

CRC 1369093   12/15

Awards Disclosures