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Weekly News Round-Up: October 18, 2019

We're hoping to see you at one or more of the upcoming events this fall, including the upcoming AASHE Conference in Spokane, WA, where IEN is hosting a half-day workshop titled 'Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy' on October 27th.  We will also be hosting both a panel and a workshop on sustainable investing at college and university endowments as well as expanding sustainable investing education on campuses at The SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, November 13-15th.  More than 20 IEN members and partners are coming together for the Shareholder Engagement Working Group call next Monday, October 21st from 3-4PM ET. We invite all interested members to join the Working Group call, more information is below. Please reach out...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 11, 2019

This has been an overwhelming news week, but we’ve managed to stay focused on the latest in sustainable investing and higher education sustainability leadership nonetheless. In the midst of a busy fall conference season, take a look at IEN’s half-day workshop at the upcoming AASHE Conference, Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy, and make a plan to join peers for an engaging session in Spokane on October 27th!

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Weekly News Round-up: October 4, 2019

Welcome to October, also known as Campus Sustainability Month! This week, many IEN members are together at the GIIN Investor Forum. Look for additional opportunities to connect in the Calendar below! While annual performance is not necessarily the best indicator of an endowment’s long-term ability to deliver on its goals, there were many stories this week about how endowments did thanks to new data being reported.  

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 27, 2019

As Climate Week winds down, we are overwhelmed by the feeling of momentum as well as the sense of urgency. It has certainly been a busy news week on all fronts, but this week’s round-up is full of stories of climate action - please share with us the steps you are taking that other IEN members and friends could learn from or contribute to! Please take a moment to register for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit and submit a session proposal to make sure your ideas, solutions, and questions are featured alongside our growing list of confirmed speakers - the call for session proposals closes on Monday, September 30!

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Today we’re supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strike and looking ahead to Climate Week - if you are in New York, keep an eye out for IEN members leading conversations on the role of investors in addressing the climate crisis! We’re also celebrating two big moves by university endowments on climate this week: the University of California laid out its reasons for moving out of fossil fuels, and the Harvard Management Company joined the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engage directly with companies.  Looking to take action? Higher Ed institutions can sign on to this Global Climate Letter, and all institutional investors can sign on to this Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. And with climate top-of-mind this...

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 13, 2019

Last week over 85 leaders from across our network gathered in Berkeley to explore ways university and other institutional endowments can incorporate community impact in their investment strategies - from ESG considerations to place-based investments to working with Community Development Financial Institutions and other strategies across asset classes. Stay tuned for a full recap! In the round-up this week there’s a powerful argument for how higher education can adapt in order to shape the future of capitalism, as well as arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment. We’d love to hear how these debates are playing out on your campuses, among your clients, and in your offices!

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 6, 2019

This week, rested from honoring the Labor Day holiday, network members and peers are gathering for our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the University of California Berkeley. Stay tuned for high-level observations coming out of that event, and ask your colleagues in attendance about action items we can take forward together! If you missed this week’s webinar looking at the evolution of ESG and impact investing as well as the IFC’s new Operating Principles for Impact Management, you can watch the recording here.

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Weekly News Round-Up: August 30, 2019

Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we are putting the finishing touches on the agenda for our September 6th IEN Roundtable on ESG and Community Impact Investing - and there is still time to join the conversation!  We also look forward to connecting as a network after the holiday weekend for our September 4th webinar exploring the new Operating Principles for Impact Management. We’re also thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit! Visit the updated event site to register your team, meet our announced keynote speakers, and learn more about partnership opportunities. The call for session proposals remains open until September 30, and we are continuing to shape the dedicated Intentionally Designed Endowment...

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Weekly News Round-Up: August 23, 2019

This week the Amazon rainforest is burning and we observed Equal Pay Day for black women in the U.S. We’re all feeling the urgency - including leading CEOs, who revised the Business Roundtable statement of principles this week to recognize their role in creating “an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity.” Join two upcoming peer conversations about how investors can act on climate and inequality: our webinar September 4th on the new Operating Principles for Impact Investing and our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable on September 6th!

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Weekly News Round-Up: August 16, 2019

Earlier this week, IEN members engaged in a Community Online Conversation about the OCIO endowment management model. The conversation was facilitated by Ball State Chief Investment Officer Tom Heck. The conversation brought out insights on developing effective partnerships between providers and client institutions, challenges with impact measurement, as well as evaluation criteria for hiring investment consultants with deep expertise in mission-aligned investing. Consider joining our next webinar (open to members and non-members) on Wednesday, September 4th, Beyond ESG, Towards Impact & the SDGs. We’ll discuss the new Operating Principles for Impact Investing with the International Finance Corporation's Chief Thought Leadership Officer and explore how endowments are defining and managing impact. Two days later on September 6, we’ll be spending the...

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Weekly News Round-Up: August 16, 2019

Earlier this week, IEN members engaged in a Community Online Conversation about the OCIO endowment management model. The conversation was facilitated by Ball State Chief Investment Officer Tom Heck. The conversation brought out insights on developing effective partnerships between providers and client institutions, challenges with impact measurement, as well as evaluation criteria for hiring investment consultants with deep expertise in mission-aligned investing. Consider joining our next webinar (open to members and non-members) on Wednesday, September 4th, Beyond ESG, Towards Impact & the SDGs. We’ll discuss the new Operating Principles for Impact Investing with the International Finance Corporation's Chief Thought Leadership Officer and explore how endowments are defining and managing impact. Two days later on September 6, we’ll be spending the...

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Weekly News Round-Up: August 23, 2019

This week the Amazon rainforest is burning and we observed Equal Pay Day for black women in the U.S. We’re all feeling the urgency - including leading CEOs, who revised the Business Roundtable statement of principles this week to recognize their role in creating “an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity.” Join two upcoming peer conversations about how investors can act on climate and inequality: our webinar September 4th on the new Operating Principles for Impact Investing and our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable on September 6th!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: August 30, 2019

Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we are putting the finishing touches on the agenda for our September 6th IEN Roundtable on ESG and Community Impact Investing - and there is still time to join the conversation!  We also look forward to connecting as a network after the holiday weekend for our September 4th webinar exploring the new Operating Principles for Impact Management. We’re also thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit! Visit the updated event site to register your team, meet our announced keynote speakers, and learn more about partnership opportunities. The call for session proposals remains open until September 30, and we are continuing to shape the dedicated Intentionally Designed Endowment...

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 6, 2019

This week, rested from honoring the Labor Day holiday, network members and peers are gathering for our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the University of California Berkeley. Stay tuned for high-level observations coming out of that event, and ask your colleagues in attendance about action items we can take forward together! If you missed this week’s webinar looking at the evolution of ESG and impact investing as well as the IFC’s new Operating Principles for Impact Management, you can watch the recording here.

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 13, 2019

Last week over 85 leaders from across our network gathered in Berkeley to explore ways university and other institutional endowments can incorporate community impact in their investment strategies - from ESG considerations to place-based investments to working with Community Development Financial Institutions and other strategies across asset classes. Stay tuned for a full recap! In the round-up this week there’s a powerful argument for how higher education can adapt in order to shape the future of capitalism, as well as arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment. We’d love to hear how these debates are playing out on your campuses, among your clients, and in your offices!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Today we’re supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strike and looking ahead to Climate Week - if you are in New York, keep an eye out for IEN members leading conversations on the role of investors in addressing the climate crisis! We’re also celebrating two big moves by university endowments on climate this week: the University of California laid out its reasons for moving out of fossil fuels, and the Harvard Management Company joined the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engage directly with companies.  Looking to take action? Higher Ed institutions can sign on to this Global Climate Letter, and all institutional investors can sign on to this Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. And with climate top-of-mind this...

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Weekly News Round-Up: September 27, 2019

As Climate Week winds down, we are overwhelmed by the feeling of momentum as well as the sense of urgency. It has certainly been a busy news week on all fronts, but this week’s round-up is full of stories of climate action - please share with us the steps you are taking that other IEN members and friends could learn from or contribute to! Please take a moment to register for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit and submit a session proposal to make sure your ideas, solutions, and questions are featured alongside our growing list of confirmed speakers - the call for session proposals closes on Monday, September 30!

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Weekly News Round-up: October 4, 2019

Welcome to October, also known as Campus Sustainability Month! This week, many IEN members are together at the GIIN Investor Forum. Look for additional opportunities to connect in the Calendar below! While annual performance is not necessarily the best indicator of an endowment’s long-term ability to deliver on its goals, there were many stories this week about how endowments did thanks to new data being reported.  

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 11, 2019

This has been an overwhelming news week, but we’ve managed to stay focused on the latest in sustainable investing and higher education sustainability leadership nonetheless. In the midst of a busy fall conference season, take a look at IEN’s half-day workshop at the upcoming AASHE Conference, Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy, and make a plan to join peers for an engaging session in Spokane on October 27th!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 18, 2019

We're hoping to see you at one or more of the upcoming events this fall, including the upcoming AASHE Conference in Spokane, WA, where IEN is hosting a half-day workshop titled 'Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy' on October 27th.  We will also be hosting both a panel and a workshop on sustainable investing at college and university endowments as well as expanding sustainable investing education on campuses at The SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, November 13-15th.  More than 20 IEN members and partners are coming together for the Shareholder Engagement Working Group call next Monday, October 21st from 3-4PM ET. We invite all interested members to join the Working Group call, more information is below. Please reach out...

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Weekly News Round-Up: August 16, 2019

Earlier this week, IEN members engaged in a Community Online Conversation about the OCIO endowment management model. The conversation was facilitated by Ball State Chief Investment Officer Tom Heck. The conversation brought out insights on developing effective partnerships between providers and client institutions, challenges with impact measurement, as well as evaluation criteria for hiring investment consultants with deep expertise in mission-aligned investing. Consider joining our next webinar (open to members and non-members) on Wednesday, September 4th, Beyond ESG, Towards Impact & the SDGs. We’ll discuss the new Operating Principles for Impact Investing with the International Finance Corporation's Chief Thought Leadership Officer and explore how endowments are defining and managing impact. Two days later on September 6, we’ll be spending the...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: August 23, 2019

This week the Amazon rainforest is burning and we observed Equal Pay Day for black women in the U.S. We’re all feeling the urgency - including leading CEOs, who revised the Business Roundtable statement of principles this week to recognize their role in creating “an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity.” Join two upcoming peer conversations about how investors can act on climate and inequality: our webinar September 4th on the new Operating Principles for Impact Investing and our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable on September 6th!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: August 30, 2019

Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we are putting the finishing touches on the agenda for our September 6th IEN Roundtable on ESG and Community Impact Investing - and there is still time to join the conversation!  We also look forward to connecting as a network after the holiday weekend for our September 4th webinar exploring the new Operating Principles for Impact Management. We’re also thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit! Visit the updated event site to register your team, meet our announced keynote speakers, and learn more about partnership opportunities. The call for session proposals remains open until September 30, and we are continuing to shape the dedicated Intentionally Designed Endowment...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 11, 2019

This has been an overwhelming news week, but we’ve managed to stay focused on the latest in sustainable investing and higher education sustainability leadership nonetheless. In the midst of a busy fall conference season, take a look at IEN’s half-day workshop at the upcoming AASHE Conference, Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy, and make a plan to join peers for an engaging session in Spokane on October 27th!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 18, 2019

We're hoping to see you at one or more of the upcoming events this fall, including the upcoming AASHE Conference in Spokane, WA, where IEN is hosting a half-day workshop titled 'Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy' on October 27th.  We will also be hosting both a panel and a workshop on sustainable investing at college and university endowments as well as expanding sustainable investing education on campuses at The SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, November 13-15th.  More than 20 IEN members and partners are coming together for the Shareholder Engagement Working Group call next Monday, October 21st from 3-4PM ET. We invite all interested members to join the Working Group call, more information is below. Please reach out...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 13, 2019

Last week over 85 leaders from across our network gathered in Berkeley to explore ways university and other institutional endowments can incorporate community impact in their investment strategies - from ESG considerations to place-based investments to working with Community Development Financial Institutions and other strategies across asset classes. Stay tuned for a full recap! In the round-up this week there’s a powerful argument for how higher education can adapt in order to shape the future of capitalism, as well as arguments for and against fossil fuel divestment. We’d love to hear how these debates are playing out on your campuses, among your clients, and in your offices!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Today we’re supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strike and looking ahead to Climate Week - if you are in New York, keep an eye out for IEN members leading conversations on the role of investors in addressing the climate crisis! We’re also celebrating two big moves by university endowments on climate this week: the University of California laid out its reasons for moving out of fossil fuels, and the Harvard Management Company joined the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engage directly with companies.  Looking to take action? Higher Ed institutions can sign on to this Global Climate Letter, and all institutional investors can sign on to this Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. And with climate top-of-mind this...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 27, 2019

As Climate Week winds down, we are overwhelmed by the feeling of momentum as well as the sense of urgency. It has certainly been a busy news week on all fronts, but this week’s round-up is full of stories of climate action - please share with us the steps you are taking that other IEN members and friends could learn from or contribute to! Please take a moment to register for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Summit and submit a session proposal to make sure your ideas, solutions, and questions are featured alongside our growing list of confirmed speakers - the call for session proposals closes on Monday, September 30!

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: September 6, 2019

This week, rested from honoring the Labor Day holiday, network members and peers are gathering for our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the University of California Berkeley. Stay tuned for high-level observations coming out of that event, and ask your colleagues in attendance about action items we can take forward together! If you missed this week’s webinar looking at the evolution of ESG and impact investing as well as the IFC’s new Operating Principles for Impact Management, you can watch the recording here.

Read More


Weekly News Round-up: October 4, 2019

Welcome to October, also known as Campus Sustainability Month! This week, many IEN members are together at the GIIN Investor Forum. Look for additional opportunities to connect in the Calendar below! While annual performance is not necessarily the best indicator of an endowment’s long-term ability to deliver on its goals, there were many stories this week about how endowments did thanks to new data being reported.  

Read More


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