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 Foundations1
  • Philanthropic Services
  • Asset Management2
  • Institutional Services
  • Sustainable Investing3
  • Wealth Management4
  • Trust Services*
  • Cash Management5
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Proven 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

    About Our Name

    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 Resources 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.


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        Meet The Aegis Group

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        Joseph Fortuna, CIMA®

        Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, Senior Institutional Consultant

        (860) 275-0744(860) 275-0744
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        Laurence Diamond, CFA, CFP

        Consulting Group Analyst

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        Manon Champagne, CTFA

        Wealth Management Associate

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        John Small

        Business Development Associate

        About Me

        With more than 30 years of experience serving the specialized needs of nonprofits and institutions, Joe leads The Aegis Group, a team of 10 seasoned professionals strategically located throughout the country in Hartford, Pasadena and Charleston. As founding partner of the Group’s Institutional Consulting practice, Joe is responsible for managing the team’s investment and consulting services, as well as their Planned Giving and Donor Development programs. 
        Upon graduating from Saint Anselm College, Joe entered the workforce as a Corporate Trust Officer and set out to build a career that would blend his skills in investment management with his passion for nonprofit service. Joe has been fortunate to serve the nonprofit sector in this capacity nearly his entire career. This opportunity enables Joe to understand the unique needs and challenges nonprofits face as they coordinate multiple disciplines to support their overall mission. In 2007, after years of serving as Senior Vice President of Wachovia’s Philanthropic Consulting Practice, Joe formed The Aegis Group, a team of dedicated professionals who focus on the most critical needs of all nonprofit organizations: stability and sustainability of their mission.
        Throughout his career, Joe has been committed to professional development. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designations and is a graduate of the ABA National Graduate Trust School from Northwestern University. Within Morgan Stanley, Joe’s designations include serving as a Government Entity Specialist and an International Wealth Advisor. Joe is a member of the Investment Managers Consultant Association, the National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Planned Giving Group of Connecticut.
        Joe’s community involvement includes serving as Governing Director of the Hartford Stage Company and board member of the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Foundation. He also served on the Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford Symphony, Yale-New Haven Health System and the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic School’s Planned Giving Committees. Joe proudly serves as a Susan G. Komen “Pink Tie Guy.” He is a nationally featured speaker on topics from investment management and high impact philanthropy.
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        About Me

        A founding partner of The Aegis Group, Tim has dedicated his entire career to providing highly customized advice to family offices in the greater Hartford, CT area and across the country. He delivers a personalized approach that includes a thorough planning process, a focus on philanthropic legacy strategies and a commitment to outstanding service. To Tim, the cornerstone of comprehensive wealth management begins with solid financial planning focused on achieving each client’s unique objectives.
        Prior to forming The Aegis Group, Tim served as Partner and Managing Director of Wachovia Bank’s Wealth Management Division. He served as national chairman of the Bank’s Medical Practice Specialty Group for 12 years and received national recognition for his work in pioneering service and underwriting protocols. Tim is a cum laude graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his B.A. degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School.
        Tim is a former President and current board member of The Hundred Club of Connecticut, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to families of police officers, correction officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty and a Board and committee member of Trinity Health NE. He also works with a number of other organizations in guiding their donor and planned giving endeavors, and is involved in many fundraising and charitable events, including Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the Village for Families and Children, and Everyone Ride Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE).
        A former professional athlete in tennis and golf, Tim currently resides in Avon, CT with his wife, Denise, and their three children, Blake, Jack and Bailey. Favorite leisure activities include spending time with his family and participating in his children’s activities.
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        NMLS#: 1285043

        About Me

        As the lead partner responsible for managing The Aegis Group’s west coast office, John is dedicated to serving the specialized needs of nonprofits and institutions locally and across the country. He guides them in the financial management and oversight of their endowments and foundations.
        Prior to joining The Aegis Group in 2013, John was a partner at a successful wealth advisory practice at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on nonprofit organizations. He joined Aegis for the opportunity to align his personal and professional mission to help nonprofits address the ongoing challenge of sustainability. John has been an integral member of the team ever since.
        John has always had a deep commitment to philanthropy. As a result, his clients can benefit from his many years of experience serving as a board member and strategic leader for several nonprofits, including his local school district, his church and several organizations that serve local families and single mothers. He and his wife, Kerry, are also very active in several international charities that focus on helping children in impoverished areas. They have traveled several times to Eastern Europe and the Philippines to assist in these causes.
        John grew up in San Marino, California and attended the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership Program. John and Kerry have four children and reside in La Canada, California. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family. A former writer and producer in the entertainment industry, John has utilized his many talents to host a web-based program that was seen in over 45 countries in which he interviewed leaders of major nonprofits from around the globe.
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        About Me

        Viktor brings a life-long experience in philanthropy to The Aegis Group. As an important member of the team, he focuses on helping nonprofit organizations achieve their overall mission through sustainable financial management and oversight.
        Prior to becoming a Financial Advisor, Viktor served as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Armand Hammer Foundation. It is where Viktor realized his vocation and passion for supporting nonprofit organizations in their pursuit of global impact and expansion through facilitating active financial diligence and strong donor relations.
        Viktor graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and an academic focus on nonprofit management. He currently serves on multiple institutional boards throughout Southern California, including the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Armand Hammer Foundation and the Ulmer Institute in Los Angeles. He  is an active member of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles’ philanthropic community, supporting a wide range of organizations, such as local law enforcement organizations, Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
        Viktor currently lives in Charleston, SC with his wife, Angelia. They are both passionate about animal rescue and adopted their dog, Juno, from a shelter in Ventura County. An avid golfer, Viktor enjoys travelling and restoring homes, vintage cars and motorcycles.
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        About Me

        Larry brings more than 33 years of asset management experience to The Aegis Group at Morgan Stanley. In his role as Consulting Group Analyst, he works closely with institutions and family offices to develop custom investment portfolios that reflect their specific financial goals and objectives. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), Larry is responsible for designing, reviewing and implementing investment strategies, while providing extensive experience in managing within social and environmental mandates.
        Prior to joining The Aegis Group in 2007, Larry served as Vice President and Investment Strategist at Wachovia Wealth Management and Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Bank of America. He is a 1979 graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a member of the CFA Institute and Hartford CFA Society.
        Over the years, Larry has served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and is a past President and Director of the Willimantic River Alliance. He currently resides in Coventry, CT with his wife, Mabel, and their son, Jonathan. Outside of the office,
        Larry has many diverse interests, including Amateur Astronomy, Amateur Radio, canoeing, sailing, shooting sports, raising champion Norwegian Elkhounds, and playing live music (bass guitar) with several bands at local venues.

        About Me

        Drawing on 25 years of client service experience, Manon is the head of client relationship management for The Aegis Group. She is often the first line of contact on a broad array of client specific services. Highly adept at answering client questions quickly and efficiently, Manon is passionate about providing excellent service. She not only knows how to help meet each client’s specific needs, she knows how to anticipate them as well. Her industry knowledge and reliability help provide clients with confidence as she works to find solutions to their financial challenges.
        Manon joined The Aegis Group upon its formation in 2007 and has been an integral member of the team ever since. She currently holds her FINRA Series 7 and 66 certifications and earned her Certified Trust Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the American Banker Association in 2003. Prior to joining the team, Manon worked as a Senior Trust Administration Officer and Paralegal at Advest Trust Company for 14 years. She is a Notary Public in Connecticut.
        Born and raised in Quebec, Manon attended college at the CEGEP Beauce-Appalaches, where she earned her liberal arts degree. She moved to the U.S. in 1991 and pursued a career as a paralegal. Fluent in French, Manon currently lives in South Windsor, CT with her husband, Richard, and two children, Alexandra and Jake. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Interval House, a nonprofit organization that provides support to victims of domestic violence. In her free time, Manon enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

        About Me

        A seasoned wealth management professional, John is firmly committed to the continued growth and success of The Aegis Group and the nonprofit organizations they represent. Serving as the Group’s Business Development Associate and Marketing Director, he is responsible for helping shape the team’s strategic vision and identifying new business opportunities. John has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, serving the institutional nonprofit sector.
        A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Williams College School of Banking, John served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a photo intelligence officer. He began his career in banking, where he spent 27 years at CBT / Bank of New England as a relationship manager for major institutional accounts in Europe. Over the years, he has had the privilege of working with several large financial institutions, including First Union / Wachovia Bank, UBS and Morgan Stanley.
        As a Business Development Associate, John takes great pride in helping meet financial goals of nonprofits and institutions around the country. Throughout his career, he has also been very involved in supporting local and national community activities. He has served as a Director of the Hartford Dispensary, a Corporator of Saint-Francis Hospital and Medical Foundation and former President of Spring Grove Cemetery Association. John is an active member of the CFA Society, the Hartford Club, the World Affairs Council of CT and the Yankee Institute for Public Policy.
        John and his wife, Carol, currently live in West Hartford and enjoy spending time with their two daughters and six grandchildren. John’s many passions include art history, visiting art museums, Broadway theatre, and the Hartford Symphony. He is also an avid spectator of a variety of sports.
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