Our peer-learning network encourages and supports higher education institutions to adopt investment strategies that create an equitable, low-carbon, and regenerative economy.

The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) connects endowments, asset managers, investment consultants, nonprofit partners, and individuals.

Join our community of over 200 active members to connect with peers, stay up to date on the latest best practices, develop partnerships, and advance the field of mission-aligned, sustainable investing.


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IEN focuses on addressing inequality and the climate crisis recognizing their systemic and existential threats to a thriving society.

Our interactive Roadmap for Intentionally Designed Endowments guides endowed institutions and their service providers to advance mission-aligned, sustainable investing.


We support endowed institutions to address these issues by mobilizing capital through:

Intentional Endowments

Sustainable Retirements

The Next Generation



IEN is committed to making justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) part of the culture and the strength of our organization and work.

Our programming goals include dismantling racism and supporting the careers and professional development of traditionally marginalized or underrepresented groups to help create a more equitable and just society, aligning with the mission of the organization. Read our full JEDI Statement on the Commitment to JEDI page.   

Endowments have a unique opportunity where doing the right thing for the climate – reducing their exposure to stranded carbon asset risk, and investing solutions – is also the smart thing for their investment portfolios.

– Bob Litterman

Chair, Risk Committee
Kepos Capital LP

Events & Webinars

4th annual Sustainability Week

New York and virtual

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UNCF Unite 2024

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Javits Center in NYC

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Past IEN Events

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NAIC Virtual Roadshow

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Impact Investor Global Summit

Royal Lancaster Hotel, London

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Past IEN Webinars

We maintain an archive of over 80 past IEN webinars, available to IEN members here.


IEN Endowments & Foundations Workshop in Boston

    On Wednesday, May 15, IEN convened an intimate group of leaders representing higher education endowments (trustees, investment committee members, and investment team staff) along with representatives from investment consulting, management and OCIO firms for a workshop to discuss best practices related to sustainable, impact investing as well as opportunities to demonstrate climate leadership. 

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2023 Fall Forum Event Summary

On October 25th, the Intentional Endowments Network hosted the 2023 Fall Forum at Virginia Wesleyan University. This half-day event provided a dynamic space for over 60 trustees, endowment stakeholders, asset managers, investment consultants, faculty, and non-profit partners to discuss important topics in the field of sustainable investment, including ESG integration, JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), and sustainable investment options in retirement plans.

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Catalyzing Change: IEN’s HBCU Endowment Growth Workshop H...

In the heart of Long Beach, on the 11th of February, the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit commenced with the resonant voices of institutional leaders and industry experts gathered for the 2nd IEN's HBCU Endowment Growth Workshop. The gathering set the stage for a transformative dialogue on sustainable and mission-aligned investment and advancing sustainable capital growth at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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