From a Dayton Foundation letter dated May 19, 2017:
"As part of being a responsible steward in overseeing the investments of all
Dayton Foundation funds, we annually review our investment policy and the
method for calculating the administrative assessments for all funds and the
distribution amounts from endowed funds. In making these calculations, we have
been using the fund value average over 12 quarters ending with March 31 of the
Over the next two years, the Foundation will phase into a practice of calculating
these amounts based upon a fund value average over 20 quarters instead of the 12
quarters. This change to a longer timeframe for the calculation takes the highs
and lows out of the market volatility and makes the distributions and assessments
from your fund more predictable for you. This means the value of your fund will
be better positioned for future growth. The first phase of this new calculation will
go into effect on July 1 with a 16-quarter average, followed by a 20-quarter
average starting July 1, 2018."
Additional info from emails/meetings: "Whenever the fund balance is increased or decreased
by more than 10% [in a quarter], the calculation will reset with the quarter in which the
over/under 10% has occurred... We average the quarters and multiply that by 4%."
The calculation occurs at the end of March for the *following* fiscal year (July-June).
Because the Kern Fund check is usually presented to Camp Kern in June, this means that
there is an elapsed time of about 15 months between the calculation of the amount and
the check's actual distribution. The Carl B. Kern Fund Advisory Board is notified of
this amount and may act upon it - for example, rounding it up or down - to make a final
determination of the amount to be distributed from the Fund.