One of venture capital’s oldest and most reliable partners was hard to find in 2009, according to an annual survey that examines where the private equity asset class receives its capital.

Dow Jones Private Equity AnalystEndowments and foundations saw their share of the overall venture capital pool fall to 3.2% in 2009 from 13.1% in 2008, according to Private Equity Analyst’s Sources of Capital survey (download it here). That’s a much larger drop than the percentage fall within the overall private equity capital pool, in which the share from endowments and foundations fell to 8.4% in 2009 from 10.3% in 2008.