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Using Investment Policy Statements as an Investment Tool: It's an Art, Not a Science


Learn how to read, draft and document investment policy statements.

Investment fiduciaries have an obligation to document a prudent investment decision-making process, but many individuals and committees struggle with the development, drafting, and documentation of a formal written investment policy statement (IPS). This discussion of the development of the IPS will help investment fiduciaries to adopt a disciplined and repeatable document drafting process. Learn how to draft and review an IPS that will help you to meet your fiduciary obligations, document your investment decision-making process, and get all fiduciaries to the entity in alignment with the investment strategy of the entity. This course will outline the disciplined process that you can use to develop a formal IPS. We will identify the main components of an IPS and show you how to draft an IPS tailored to your entity by reviewing examples of each of the eight components of an IPS. Review the best practices for reviewing and updating an IPS to keep it relevant and useful. Learn the art of developing an IPS to be used as a tool to improve your investment decision-making process.



David J. Bromelkamp

David J. Bromelkamp

Allodium Investment Consultants

  • President and CEO of Allodium Investment Consultants since 2005
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) since 2003 and CPA (inactive) since 1988
  • Over 30 years of experience providing investment management consulting for both individual investors and institutional investors with specialized expertise advising fiduciaries responsible for foundations, endowments, nonprofit organizations, and both personal and charitable trusts
  • Speaks frequently to professional trade associations on the best practices of fiduciary investment management; has taught continuing professional education courses on fiduciary investment management for the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA), the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and the Fi360 INSIGHTS Professional Development Conference
  • Co-founder and treasurer of the Center for Board Certified Fiduciaries™ (CBCF™) and holds the professional designation of Board Certified Fiduciary™ (BCF™)
  • Author of several articles and white papers related to fiduciary investment management
  • Member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Personal Financial Planners, CEFEX Non-Profit Market Council, and MarketCounsel Member Council
  • Master’s degree, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota; B.S. degree, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
  • Can be contacted at [email protected], 612-230-3702, or

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