What Is The Intentional Endowments Network?
The Intentional Endowments Network is a peer learning network of colleges, universities, and other mission-driven institutional investors working together to achieve their risk and return objectives through investment actions that create a thriving, sustainable economy. As of January 2020, we have over 160 network members including endowments, asset managers, investment consultants, nonprofit partners and individuals.
This broad-based, collaborative network focuses on creating:
- Intentionally designed endowments, aligned with institutional mission, that will become the norm in higher education and other tax-exempt organizations, evidenced by growth in policies, practices and actions.
- Improved sustainability performance by businesses in response to investor concerns, evidenced by changes in corporate practices and actions.
IEN leverages its Roadmap for Intentionally Designed Endowments as an overarching framework for supporting endowments and their service providers in effectively, prudently, and efficiently advancing progress on mission-aligned, sustainable investing.
“As a peer learning network comprised of foundation staff, CIO's and trustees, hearing from people they trust and see as credible as fiduciaries is crucial..."
- Garrett Ashley, Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Advancement, California State University
Why Higher Education?
Higher Education is the only sector capable of creating the broad scale and necessary change in mindset, skills and values of government, business and other professional leaders. Society looks to higher education to identify solutions to major problems, anticipating future challenges, and developing innovative strategies and models that will enable progress – to be a role model for what society might look like.
We are faced with the greatest intergenerational equity challenge in modern history. If we continue business as usual, today’s students and their children will find themselves in a world with greatly diminished prospects for a good quality of life, peace and security.
All investments we make have health, environmental and societal impacts. We hope that it is a positive impact but sometimes we have consequences that we did not plan for in our quest for financial return. We need to be intentional about the impact we want.
“We cannot solve today’s problems at the same level of thinking at which they were created."
- Albert Einstein