Green Tree Community Health Foundation
Investment Policy Statement

I. Introduction

This document describes a specific set of investment policies and procedures that will assist the Green Tree Community Health Foundation (GTCHF) Investment Committee in overseeing the investment of the GTCHF's assets (the Portfolio). The guidelines serve to:
1. Articulate a plan for investing the GTCHF's fund assets

2. Communicate an investment framework between the Investment Committee and the Investment Consultant/investment manager

3. Articulate standards for the measurement of portfolio and manager performance

4. Define the GTCHF's spending policies

5. Ensure that the funds will be wisely invested and managed to secure the existence of the Foundation in perpetuity

II. Background and Mission

A. GTCHF was established in March of 2005 as the successor organization of the Chestnut Hill Hospital and related companies. The Foundation was created when Community Health Systems acquired the majority of the assets of the former hospital. GTCHF is a public charity providing grant support to non-profit health and human services organizations serving Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County.

B. GTCHF is a non-profit organization as defined by 501 (c) 3 of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 as amended and operates as a public charity as further defined in Section 509 (a) (1) of the IRS code.

C. GTCHF operates on a fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1st and ends June 30th. The annual operating and spending budgets coincide with the fiscal year.

D. The terms of the asset purchase agreement provide an opportunity to receive approximately $25 million less debt and pension requirements from the sale. GTCHF anticipates conducting a fund-raising program and is in a position to accept gifts and bequests from donors who wish to contribute to this effort. GTCHF also will accept various gifts from previously established trusts which had designated Chestnut Hill Hospital or any of its related companies as a beneficiary.

E. The mission of the GTCHF is to improve the health status of community residents and initiating and supporting activities in response to identified needs in partnership with community resources.

F. GTCHF seeks to "make a difference" through its strategic grant-making program. It envisions providing targeted financial support to assist in the furthering of new ideas and programs, to expand existing programs -- GTCHF does not wish to function as an operating agency.

III. Duties and Responsibilities

GTCHF's Directors are responsible as fiduciaries to manage all of its investable assets. In order to do this GTCHF directs the Investment Committee (the Committee) to assume responsibility for all of the activities that include, but are not limited to, the following: All decisions and recommendations of the Investment Committee must be approved by the full Board of Directors.
1. Establish investment goals with regards to spending policy, portfolio returns, and appropriate risk exposure as reflected by the Committee.

2. Update annually the spending policies and gain approval by the Board of Directors

3. Select and retain a qualified professional investment manager. Review the recommendations for the appropriate investments

4. Provide the investment manager with anticipated spending needs and an annual withdrawal rate

5. Voting the proxies of any investment vehicle where full discretion has not been granted

6. Utilize the Investment Policy Statement to provide boundaries, where necessary, for ensuring the portfolio's investments are managed consistent with the short-term and long-term financial goals of GTCHF. At the same time, recognize its investment flexibility in the face of changes in capital market conditions and in the financial circumstances of the foundation.

7. Review this Investment Policy Statement at least once per year. Changes to this Investment Policy Statement can be made only by unanimous affirmation by the members of the Committee, and ratification by the full Board of Directors.Written confirmation of the changes will be provided to all Committee members and to any other parties hired on behalf of the Portfolio as soon thereafter as is practical.

IV. Investment Objectives and Spending Policy

A. The Portfolio is to be invested with the objective of preserving the long-term, real purchasing power of assets while providing a relatively predictable and growing stream of annual distributions (in real terms) in support of GTCHF.

B. For the purpose of making distributions, the Portfolio shall make use of a total return based spending policy, meaning that it will fund distributions from net investment income, net realized capital gains, and proceeds from the sale of investments.

C. The distribution of Portfolio assets will be permitted to the extent that such distributions do not exceed a level that would erode the Portfolio's real assets over time. The Committee will seek to reduce the variability of annual Portfolio distributions by factoring past spending and Portfolio asset values into its current spending decisions. The Committee will review its spending assumptions annually for the purpose of deciding whether any changes therein necessitate amending the Portfolio's spending policy, its target asset allocation, or both.

D. The Board of Directors awards grants, including approval of its administrative budget, in accordance with the spending policy adopted annually. The annual cash payout is currently defined as no greater than 4% of the average fair market value, using a three year 12-quarter trailing average.

V. Portfolio Investment Policies

Asset Allocation Policy
1. The Committee recognizes that the strategic allocation of Portfolio assets across broadly-defined financial asset and sub-asset categories with varying degrees of risk, return, and return correlation will be the most significant determinant of long-term investment returns and Portfolio asset value stability.

2. The Committee expects that actual returns and return volatility may vary widely from expectations and return objectives across short periods of time. While the Committee wishes to retain flexibility with respect to making periodic changes to the Portfolio's asset allocation, it expects to do so only in the event of material changes to the fund, to the assumptions underlying fund spending policies, and/or to the capital markets and asset classes in which the Portfolio invests.

3. Fund assets will be managed as a balanced portfolio comprised of two major components: an equity portion and a fixed income portion. The expected role of fund equity investments will be to maximize the long-term real growth of Portfolio assets, while the role of fixed income investments will be to generate current income, provide for more stable periodic returns, and provide some protection against a prolonged decline in the market value of Portfolio equity investments.

4. Cash investments will, under normal circumstances, only be considered as temporary Portfolio holdings, and will be used for fund liquidity needs or to facilitate a planned program of dollar cost averaging into investments in either or both of the equity and fixed income asset classes.

5. Outlined below are the long-term strategic asset allocation guidelines, determined by the Committee, in consultation with the investment manager, to be the most appropriate, given the fund's long-term objectives and short-term constraints. Portfolio assets will, under normal circumstances, be allocated across broad asset and sub-asset classes in accordance with the following guidelines:
Asset Class
Sub-Asset Class
Target Allocation
Fixed Income  
  Investment Grade
  Below-Investment Grade
6. To the extent the Portfolio holds investments in non-traditional, illiquid, and/or non-marketable securities including (but not limited to) real estate investments, these assets will be treated collectively as "alternative investments" for purposes of measuring the Portfolio's asset allocation. While alternative investments are not currently considered within this policy, to the extent they may be owned, they will proportionately reduce target allocations to the primary asset classes itemized above.

A. Diversification Policy

1. Diversification across and within asset classes is the primary means by which the Committee expects the Portfolio to avoid undue risk of large losses over long time periods. To protect the Portfolio against unfavorable outcomes within an asset class due to the assumption of large risks, the Committee will take reasonable precautions to avoid excessive investment concentrations. Specifically, the following guidelines will be in place:
a) With the exception of fixed income investments explicitly guaranteed by the U.S. government, no single investment security shall represent more than 5% of total Portfolio assets.

b) With the exception of passively managed investment vehicles seeking to match the returns on a broadly diversified market index, no single investment pool or investment company (mutual fund) shall comprise more than 20% of total Portfolio assets.

c) With respect to fixed income investments, the minimum average credit quality of these investments shall be investment grade (Standard & Poor's BBB or Moody's Baa or higher).
2. The following securities shall be deemed allowable for the Fund:
a) Common stocks listed on major U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ) or ADRs traded on those exchanges

b) Preferred stocks or convertible bonds listed on the above exchanges

c) Obligations of the U.S. government and its agencies

d) Bonds issued by U.S. corporations which are rated at least investment grade

e) Foreign securities, with the restriction that foreign securities shall not exceed 15% of the total market value of the Fund

f) SEC registered mutual funds

g) Investment grade money market funds and money market instruments

h) Certificates of deposit issued by financially sound banks or savings and loans

B. Rebalancing Policy

It is expected that the Portfolio's actual asset allocation will vary from its target asset allocation as a result of the varying periodic returns earned on its investments in different asset and sub-asset classes. The Portfolio will be re-balanced to its target normal asset allocation under the following circumstances:
1. Utilize incoming cash flow (contributions) or outgoing money movements (disbursements) of the portfolio to realign the current weightings closer to the target weightings for the portfolio.

2. The portfolio will be reviewed quarterly by the investment manager to determine the deviation from target weightings. During each quarterly review, the following parameters will be applied:
a) If any asset class (equity or fixed income) within the portfolio is +/-5 percentage points from its target weighting, the portfolio will be rebalanced.

b) If any fund within the portfolio has increased or decreased by greater than 20% of its target weighting, the fund may be rebalanced.
3. The investment manager may provide a rebalancing recommendation at any time.

4. The investment manager shall act within a reasonable period of time to evaluate deviation from these ranges.

C. Other Investment Policies

Unless expressly authorized by the Committee, the investment manager of the Portfolio is prohibited from:
1. Purchases of securities on margin

2. Short sales

3. Commodities or commodity futures contracts

4. Oil and gas drilling properties and partnerships, private placements and venture capital, subject to approval by the Board of Directors

5. The buying and selling of puts, calls, futures contracts or other derivative securities for speculating or leverage

6. Investing in alternative financing vehicles such as hedge funds, direct investments or other investment strategies that have the potential to amplify or distort the risk of loss beyond a level that is reasonable, given the objectives of the portfolios

7. Pledging or hypothecating securities, except for loans of securities that are fully collateralized

8. Making investment decisions with respect to the portfolio that are inconsistent with applicable state or federal laws

VI. Monitoring Portfolio Investments and Performance

The Committee will monitor the Portfolio's investment performance against the Portfolio's stated investment objectives. At a frequency to be decided by the Committee, it will formally assess the Portfolio and the performance of its underlying investments as follows:
A. The Portfolio's composite investment performance (net of fees) will be judged against an absolute long-term real return objective and a composite benchmark consisting of the following unmanaged market indices weighted according to the expected target asset allocations stipulated by the Portfolio's investment guidelines:
1. U.S. Equity: MSCI US Broad Market Index or similar broad domestic index

2. Non-U.S. Equity: MSCI EAFE + EM Index

3. Investment Grade Fixed Income: Lehman Aggregate Bond Index
B. The performance of professional investment managers hired on behalf of the Portfolio will be judged against the following standards:
1. A market-based index appropriately selected or tailored to the manager's agreed-upon investment objective and the normal investment characteristics of the manager's portfolio

2. The performance of other investment managers having similar investment objectives
C. In keeping with the Portfolio's overall long-term financial objective, the Committee will evaluate Portfolio and manager performance over a suitably long-term investment horizon, generally across full market cycles or, at a minimum, on a rolling three-year basis.

VII. Account Reviews

Each investment manager is expected to be available to meet with the Committee at least once per year to review Portfolio structure, strategy, and investment performance. Investment reports shall be provided on a (calendar) quarterly basis or as requested by the Institution.

These guidelines are approved by the Committee and are provided to the investment manager. It is the intention of the Committee to review these guidelines formally with the investment manager at least annually to confirm their continuing relevance or revise them as appropriate.

Either the Committee or the investment manager may suggest revisions at any time if it is felt to be in the best interests of the Portfolio. In addition, it shall be the responsibility of the investment manager to request a review by the committee if at any time these guidelines would restrict the ability to utilize the full resources of its organization or limit the application of the investment approach felt to be appropriate given the outlook for the economy or capital markets.

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Green Tree Community Health Foundation
6 East Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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