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

Wespath Learning Cafe

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2023 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

University of Miami

February 5 - 7, 2023

Learn more here.

GreenFin 2023

New Omni Seaport, Boston, MA

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Responsible Investor RI USA 2022

Convene 117, W 46th Street, New York

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Past IEN Events

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Learning Café with ValuesAdvisor

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Past IEN Webinars

We maintain an archive of over 40 past IEN webinars, available to IEN members here.


Event Summary: IEN Climate Week Roundtable

On September 22nd at NYC’s Javits Center, IEN hosted an Institutional Investor Roundtable, a co-located event at The Nest Summit as a part of Climate Week NYC. This half-day event provided a dynamic space for over 120 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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Press Release: Climate Week Announcement: Colleges Pledge...

CLIMATE WEEK ANNOUNCEMENT: COLLEGES PLEDGE SUSTAINABLE RETIREMENT PLANS FOR FACULTY & EMPLOYEES Arizona State, Lewis & Clark, Chatham University Among Colleges Endowments Committing to Sustainable Retirement Plan Options with Renewed Focus on Climate and Social Justice

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Investors Push Back on Anti-ESG Political Attacks

Over the past few months, there has been a concerted effort amongst political forces attempting to discredit the use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information in the investment process via a media campaign and state laws that ban certain investment management firms that have been vocal about the (financial and societal) value of considering issues like climate change and diversity, equity and inclusion in the investment process. The idea of limiting the kinds of data investors can use when making investment decisions is absurd, and these deliberate attempts to do so are dangerous for those who have entrusted the stewardship of their capital to investors that may be hamstrung by these laws.  There have been many excellent responses to...

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