Activities to Date

 This chart shows the number of individuals in the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) database as a result of attending an IEN event, through conversation with the IEN team, or by opting-in on the IEN website.

 

Forums: 

Webinars:

Resources Developed: 

  • White Paper: Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments: This white paper was designed to encourage conversation about the financial and societal benefits of clean energy investments higher education can make – both as a customer and an institutional investor through their endowments. It explores the current opportunities and barriers to such investments. 
  • Engaging Investment Managers on Proxy Voting & Other Forms of Shareholder EngagementA 4-page document that outlines potential questions for investment managers on their proxy voting and other shareholder engagement activities around ESG. 

  • Briefing Paper: The Business Case for ESG: A 4-page paper developed by network participants to help trustees and other endowment stakeholders better understand the financial performance of ESG strategies.

  • Primer: Developed to help endowment stakeholders establish a baseline understanding of the key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional mission and values. It provides a high level overview of the field of sustainable investing, including a brief history and links to key resources and relevant organizations.
  • News Feed: A curated list of news articles relevant to endowments and sustainable investing - a weekly news round-up is circulated to the network. 

  • Newsletter: A bi-monthly e-newsletter with updates from IEN and the field of sustainable investing. 
  • Listserv: A venue for network participants to share resources, upcoming events, and other relevant information

  • Videos: Recordings of keynote speakers and panel presentations from each of IEN's Forums

  • Resources Web PortalA collection of key reports, articles, videos, and other resources on sustainable investing generally, as well as critical issues, including fiduciary responsibility, financial performance, and stakeholder engagement. 

Conference Sessions and Other Meetings:

  • Sustainatopia Conference: October 9-12, 2016, Boston, MA

  • AASHE 2016 Conference and Expo: Two panels is Cambridge Associates, Impax Asset Management, Second Nature, Sustainable Endowments Institute, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, October 9-12, 2016, Baltimore, MD

  • After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy, Oberlin College: October 6-9, 2016, Oberlin, OH

  • Cambridge Associates Impact Investing Forum: September 28-29, Chicago, IL 

  • Climate Week Sustainable Investment Forum: September 20, 2016, New York, NY

  • First American Educational Finance Peer Discussion Event: NACUBO Conference, July 18, 2016, Monreal, PQ (65 participants)

  • Investing for Impact: FAFN and BASIC, Panel with representatives from Williams College and Prime Buccholz, July 14, 2016, Boston, MA

  • US SIF 2016 Annual Conference: Investing for the Next Generation, May 23-25, 2016, Washington, DC

  • Sustainatopia Conference: Panel with representatives from SF State University, Hampshire College, Stanford's Center for Social Innovation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, May 1-4, 2016, San Francisco, CA

  • World Energy Innovation Forum: May 4-5, 2016, Fremont, CA 

  • Ceres Conference 2016: May 4-5, 2016, Boston, MA

  • Impact Investing ForumOpal Financial Group, April 17-19, 2016 | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 

  • 2nd Annual ESG, SRI, and Impact Investing SummitFinancial Research Associates, March 30-31, 2016, New York, NY 
  • Sustainable Investing: Moving into the Mainstream, BSAS, November 19th, 2015 | Boston, MA

  • Sustainatopia 2015: Panel with representatives from the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation and Rockefeller & Co., November 2015 (25 participants) 
  • First American Educational Finance Peer Discussion Event: AASHE Conference, October, 2015, Minneapolis, MN (65 participants) 

  • AASHE 2015: Workshop with representatives from Unity College and the Sustainable Endowments Institute, October 2015 (35 participants) 

  • SOCAP 15: Panel with representatives from University of California, San Francisco State University, and PRI, October 2015 (50 participants)

  • MomentUS: Presentation on intentionally designed endowments (150 participants) 

  • BASIC / WISE Seminar: Moderated a panel on sustainable endowment investing, May 2015 (50 participants) 

  • US SIF Annual Conference: Moderated Plenary Panel: Higher Education, Endowments and Sustainability, May 2015 (200 participants) 

  • Chicago Area Endowments Meeting: Hosted a small meeting of endowment representatives and sustainable investing experts in the Chicago area, April 2015 (15 participants) 

  • MIT Debate: Moderated a debate hosted by MIT on “Should MIT Divest from Fossil Fuels?” April 2015 (400 participants) 

  • ESG, SRI, Impact Investing Summit: Panel presentation, March 2015 (150 participants) 

  • NCSE conference: Hosted a Session on Intentionally Designed Endowments, January 2015 (30 participants) 

  • The SRI Conference: Hosted a Session on Intentionally Designed Endowments, November 2014 (15 participants) 

  • AASHE Conference: Hosted a Session on Intentionally Designed Endowments, October 2014 (20 participants) 

  • ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit: Hosted a Session on Intentionally Designed Endowments, September 2014 (80 participants)