Council of Institutional Investors

Why Join CII

CII has two types of members: U.S. Asset Owners and Associate Members. Click on the links below to learn more about our member types and the benefits CII offers to members. Ready to join?  Access the  U.S. Asset Owner  or Associate Member application.  

U.S. Asset Owners are voting members of CII and most are eligible for service on the Board of Directors and in other leadership roles: 

  • U.S. Asset Owners: Public Pension Funds A public pension is a retirement plan established by a state or local government where contributions are made by both employers and employees into a pool set aside for employees’ future benefit. Membership dues are calculated based on current assets under management in the organizations' combined employee retirement plans. 
     
  • U.S. Asset Owners: Labor Union Funds A labor union fund is a retirement plan managed by a union where contributions are made by both employers and employees into a pool set aside for employees’ future benefit. Membership dues are calculated based on current assets under management in the organizations' combined employee retirement plans. 
     
  • U.S. Asset Owners: Corporate Funds A corporation may join CII as a voting member if it has employee retirement plan assets, either in a defined benefit plan or defined contribution plan, or both. Membership dues are calculated based on current assets under management in the organization's combined employee retirement plans. 
     
  • U.S. Asset Owners: Foundation/Endowment Funds Foundations and endowment funds with employee benefit plan assets. Membership dues are calculated based on current assets under management in the organization's combined employee retirement plans. 

Associate Members are non-voting members of CII and are eligible to serve on CII's Advisory Councils and working committees:
 
  • Non-U.S. Asset OwnersThis category represents pension funds and/or sovereign wealth funds who are domiciled outside of the United States that are created by governmental bodies, charged with managing and investing assets in employee pension or retirement plans. Membership dues are calculated based on total current assets under management. 
     
  • Asset ManagersThis category represents financial institutions that manage assets on behalf of others. Membership dues are based on current total assets  under management. 
     
  • Service ProvidersThis category includes other financial market participants, including but not limited to: law firms, stock exchanges, credit ratings agencies, insurance companies, proxy service advisors and consultants. Membership dues are based on the size of the organization, measured by total number of employees. 
 

Not sure membership is the right fit? 
Prospective new members may be granted temporary access to CII's private weekly Governance Alert e-Newsletter and we offer individuals the opportunity to attend one of our exclusive conferences as our VIP guest to audit CII in person prior to committing to membership. Please contact Melissa Fader at Melissa@cii.org for more information.