Bella Alvarez published Food Security with VegTech Invest in Events & Webinars 2022-09-26 15:59:11 -0400
Bella Alvarez published Investing in a Shifting Food Supply System in Food Security with VegTech Invest 2022-09-26 15:59:06 -0400
Investing in a Shifting Food Supply System: Addressing the Inefficiencies That Contribute to Food Insecurity
October 11, 2022
Political instability, poverty, limited access to adequate housing or employment are some of the factors that contribute to food insecurity around the world. Join IEN and a lineup of speakers from VegTech Invest, Project Drawdown, The Good Food Institute, the FAIRR Initiative, and Barclays for a discussion on the inefficiencies that contribute to food insecurity. This virtual, hour-long conversation will also explore how investing in shifting the global food supply system to be more efficient can help to address our current inefficiencies and positively impact food insecurity.
Participants will learn:
- Why our current food supply system is responsible, at least in part and in addition to political strife, for current food inefficiency and current and future food insecurity
- How businesses in the alternative proteins, plant-based innovation, and food tech sectors are addressing food insecurity
- What investible technologies are being developed to address food insecurity and food independence
- How emerging and current investable technologies will be applied evenly across countries and economic tiers
Our moderator Elysabeth Alfano, CEO of VegTech Invest, will be joined by panelists Sharyn Murray of the Good Food Institute, Maria Lettini of the FAIRR Initiative, Matt Spence of Guggenheim Partners, and Paul West of Project Drawdown.
Elysabeth Alfano, CEO, VegTech Invest
Matt Spence, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
Maria Lettini, Executive Director, FAIRR Initiative
Sharyn Murray, Investor Engagement Manager, Good Food Institute
Paul West, Senior Scientist, Ecosystems and Agriculture, Project Drawdown
Bella Alvarez published Press Release: Climate Week Announcement: Colleges Pledge Sustainable Retirement Plans for Faculty & Employees in Blog 2022-09-22 09:49:58 -0400
Press Release: Climate Week Announcement: Colleges Pledge Sustainable Retirement Plans for Faculty & Employees
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 JusticeRead more
Bella Alvarez published Sign the Sustainable Retirement Plans Pledge in Sustainable Retirement Plans Pledge 2022-09-22 09:46:09 -0400
Bella Alvarez published Sustainable Retirement Plans Pledge in Building Sustainable Retirements 2022-09-22 09:45:57 -0400
IEN’s Sustainable Retirement Plan pledge, drafted in support with Second Nature and The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), establishes that university “employees deserve a range of sustainable investing retirement fund options that consider environmental, social, and governance factors, consistent with the goals of reducing risk, protecting capital, and enhancing financial returns.”
Please contact Chris Walker at [email protected] if you're interested in learning more about the pledge.
Bella Alvarez published Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum in Regenerative Forum 2022-09-08 14:44:16 -0400
Are you interested in deploying capital into the regenerative agriculture space?
New IEN member, Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI), is hosting their annual Forum in Denver, CO on October 12th & 13th.
The RFSI Forum will bring together 300+ investors, capital activators, and critical stakeholders to drive increased investment in regenerative agriculture and food.
Join us to gain unparalleled information, tools, and connections to support successful investment into regenerative food and agriculture systems.
Register to join us at the event here, and use code IEN for a special discount for the IEN community!
Bella Alvarez published Voting Your Values with As You Vote in Voting Your Values with As You Vote 2022-09-07 15:50:52 -0400
September 29, 2022
1 PM ET
Join us for a brief presentation on a new ESG aligned proxy voting service -- As You Vote, to hear examples of colleges and universities currently using the service and the impact they're having through their votes, and to ask questions and engage in conversation on next steps.
Shareholder voting is underutilized among higher education endowments, despite the fact that it is a viable way to make an impact. Proxy voting allows investors to influence corporate policy on a host of issues, including racial equity, climate justice, CEO pay, gender equality, and political spending.
To raise awareness around the importance of proxy voting and encourage it among endowments, the Intentional Endowments Network has partnered with As You Sow, Confluence Philanthropy, and Broadridge to launch As You Vote. As You Vote is a rules-based ESG proxy voting system hosted on Broadridge’s ProxyEdge platform.
Join Andrew Behar, Ben Linthicum, Daniel Stewart, Jaylen Spann, and Nico McCrossan to explore how the platform works and hear Linthicum, McCrossan and Spann illustrate use cases for endowments, foundations, and other asset owners looking to vote their values.
Andrew Behar, CEO, As You Sow
Ben Linthicum, ESG Advisory Committee Chair, Warren Wilson College
Daniel Stewart, Energy & Climate Program Manager, As You Sow
Jaylen Spann, Head of Research and Development, Whistle Stop Capital
Nico McCrossan, ESG Analyst, ASU Enterprise Partners
Bella Alvarez published Weekly News Round-Up: August 11, 2022 in Weekly News Round-Ups 2022-08-16 15:14:29 -0400
We’ve opened registration for our Roundtable at the Nest Summit, taking place during Climate Week onSeptember 22, 2022. This convening will be an opportunity for deep conversations with your peers and leaders in the field. Register today!
We’re also excited to announce that we’re starting to develop the program for the 2023 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit and are looking for your ideas on topics and speakers to include. Use this form to respond to our Call for Content!
Finally, we’re hosting a learning cafe on mitigating climate risk with MSCI on Monday, August 22 at 12 PM ET! Register here to join Bruce Kahn, Ariel Nicholas, and members of their team in an informal, lunchtime conversation that will explore the strategies of leading institutions to mitigate climate risk.Read more
Bella Alvarez published Featured Speakers at IEN's Nest Summit Roundtable in Nest Summit 2022-08-10 16:46:19 -0400
The Intentional Endowments Network will be joined by the following speakers at the Nest Summit Roundtable on September 22, 2022:
Derrick Johnson, President & CEO, NAACP
Miguel CuUnjieng, Associate Director for EOS, Federated Hermes
Neda Nobari, Chair, San Francisco State University Foundation Board
Jeff Jackanicz, President, San Francisco State Foundation
Lazaro Tiant, Investment Director – Sustainability, Schroders
David Finegold, President, Chatham University
Marvin Owens, Chief Engagement Officer, Impact Shares
Dorien Nunez,Co-Founder and Director of Research, The OMNIResearch Group
Dinah Koehler, Senior Advisor, Ecolumix
Mike Pearce, Managing Director in Cambridge Associates
Angela Outlaw-Matheny, Director of Investment Staff & Diverse Manager Equity at Crewcial Partners LLC
Roberta Lobo, Director at Nuveen, a TIAA company
Mark Campanale, Founder and Executive Chairman of Carbon Tracker
Pedro Henriques da Silva, Impact Investment Professional at Global Endowment Management
Jeff Gitterman, Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management
David Loehwing, Vice President, Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC
Ian Monroe, President and Chief Investment Officer, Etho Capital
Bob Van Heuvelen, Principal, The Vogel Group
Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson, CEO & Founder, VC Include
Taun Toay, Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer, Bard College
Ethan Powell, Founder, Impact Shares
Moya Connelly, Chief Operating Officer, Etho Capital
Max Messervy, Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, Mercer
Kirsten Spalding, Senior Program Director, Investor Network, Ceres
Cara Early, Senior Investment Strategist, Breckinridge
Bella Alvarez published Impact Summit America 2022 in Impact Summit America 2022-08-08 17:45:13 -0400
Impact Summit America 2022
The Intentional Endowments Network is excited to announce its strategic partnership with Impact Summit America 2022, hosted by Phenix Capital. Impact Summit America is an annual institutional investor conference that brings together thought leaders and pioneers in the impact investing space. The one-day Summit will cater to the needs of institutional investors through a mix of interviews, keynote speeches, panels, workshops, and Chatham House-rule sessions.
The program will also include a networking space, in which asset owners are invited to share knowledge and best practices, co-create, learn from their impact pioneering peers and grow their global network. The Impact Summit will include InvestorConnect Sessions, an efficient system of speed meetings created especially for asset owners to learn more about available sustainable strategies, across all asset classes, impact themes & SDGs.
Georges Dyer, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network, will be one of the Summit's moderators on September 28th, 2022 at the Yale Club of NYC. Learn more and register above.
Bella Alvarez published Weekly News Round-Up: August 4, 2022 in Weekly News Round-Ups 2022-08-08 10:36:58 -0400
We invite you to join the third webinar in our unconscious bias series on August 17, 2022 at 11 AM ET. This interactive workshop will foster a conversation about impediments to hiring for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and more importantly how to mitigate against our inherent biases.
There is also still time to register for our learning café with the Southern Reconstruction Fund (SRF) on Monday, August 8! Join SRF to learn about their efforts to grow Black and brown fund managers through FundONE and their first major initiative, the FundONE Prize.
In this week’s news, the NYC Comptroller criticizes BlackRock’s fossil fuel holdings, a Cambridge University student examines how its ties with arms and fossil fuel companies abandon the global majority, and JPMorgan Chase invests in a fund to boost Latino entrepreneurs.Read more
Bella Alvarez published Weekly News Round-Up: July 28, 2022 in Weekly News Round-Ups 2022-08-08 10:34:33 -0400
We invite you to join us on August 8th at 12 PM for a learning cafe with the Southern Reconstruction Fund! More details and a link to register can be found here.
Thank you to those who were able to join us for Tuesday’s webinar on decarbonizing the maritime industry and global supply chain with EnTrust Global. Registrants and IEN Members can view the recording here.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for our upcoming Nest Summit Roundtable on September 22nd, a part of Climate Week NYC, and for our 2023 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Please contact Georges Dyer for more information on sponsoring either of these events.
In this week’s news, The University of Northampton divests from fossil fuels, Wellcome Trust sells shares in a number of fossil fuel companies, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin appear to reach a deal on a significant bill with implications for U.S. emissions targets.Read more
Bella Alvarez published Workshop: Unconscious Bias in Hiring and Belonging in Workshop: Unconscious Bias in Hiring & Belonging 2022-08-02 16:42:17 -0400
October 6, 2022
1 PM ET
This highly interactive 90-minute workshop on unconscious bias in hiring and belonging will foster a conversation about what gets in our way when it comes to hiring for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and more importantly how to mitigate against our inherent biases. We readily acknowledge that it would defy human nature to rid ourselves our biases because as humans are wired in that way. The Workshop is a “laboratory” in which participants will learn how to:
- Understand what unconscious is and where it stems from
- Be mindful of the potential impact of unconscious bias
- Understand the different types of biases that can show up in a candidate’s hiring process
- Utilize tactics to mitigate the impact of unconscious biases
- Ask your questions: what works, what doesn’t
- Avoid common interviewing pitfalls
- Apply a sense of belonging by aligning uniqueness and belonging
- Understand what belonging is and why it’s important to foster
The purpose of this workshop is to
- Gain insights into the impact of inclusion and the extent to which one is inclusive (or exclusive)
- Foster a sense of belonging where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work and thrive
- Learn practical skills and tools for being more inclusive and identify how these can be used in one’s own work context
- Practice the skills in a diverse and safe environment
- Craft a plan of actionable steps based on the Inclusive Leadership Behaviors that fosters psychological safety work, and inclusive work environment
Demetriouse Russell, CEO, Venn Diagram Partners, LLC
Bella Alvarez published Workshop: Unconscious Bias in Hiring & Belonging in Events & Webinars 2022-08-18 15:42:33 -0400
August 22, 2022
12 PM ET
The urgency of preventing the worst extremes of a changing climate is spurring investors, companies, financial intermediaries and policymakers across the world to sharpen their focus on efforts to drive down greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. Investors are monitoring whether companies have credible plans to reduce their emissions and tracking the alignment of portfolios with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (2°C), preferably no more than 1.5°C, to prevent the worst extremes of a warming world.
Reaching net-zero will demand extraordinary action. Ninety percent of listed companies are currently on an emissions pathway that would put global temperature rise above 1.5°C. It also will demand intuitive, forward-looking tools that help investors differentiate which companies in every sector will help them achieve net-zero and which will get in the way of that goal. Join us as we share some of the solutions that several of the world’s leading institutions have leveraged to both minimize climate risk while capturing solution based opportunities which are poised to provide a potential risk premia as we transition to a low carbon economy.
Ariel Nicholas, Vice President, ESG Client Coverage Group | Climate Solutions Specialist, MSCI
Bella Alvarez published Endowment Progress 2021 in Endowment Progress By Year 2022-05-24 13:51:29 -0400
Columbia University does not hold any direct investments in publicly traded oil and gas companies and has recently formalized this policy of non-investment by revising their investment policy.
Creighton University announced it plans to phase out all investments in fossil fuels from its $587 million endowment within the next 10 years and target new investments in sustainable energy.
Amherst College Board of Trustees has announced it would officially divest from fossil fuel interests and phase out the remaining investments in directly held, long-term fossil fuel funds by 2030.
Babson College Board of Trustees voted to integrate ESG factors while making investment decisions for its endowment. The board voted to incorporate DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) principles into its endowment investing as well.
Cornell University Assembly passed a resolution calling on one of the main pension fund suppliers for Cornell faculty and staff to divest from fossil fuel companies and certain agribusiness practices associated with deforestation and human rights abuses.
A coalition of Canadian university endowments and pension plans is launching a new initiative through SHARE, a non-profit investor advocacy organization, to engage investee corporations on climate change risks.
Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) pledged to fully divest from US private prison companies amidst public pressure.
King’s College London has fully divested from all fossil fuels almost two years ahead of schedule.
Newnham College has announced that it will divest from all meaningful exposure to fossil fuels by 2030, in line with the University’s commitment to full divestment in the same timeframe.
Southern New Hampshire University reassigned part of its endowment to address structural racism by investing in venture funds and start-ups founded and managed by Black and brown executives.
Trinity College commits to net zero carbon emissions before 2050, in line with the spirit of the Paris Agreement.
University of Cape Town Council has approved the Responsible and Sustainable Investment Policy, which sets out the approach to be taken by the university regarding its financial endowments stewardship.
University of Michigan announced a plan to achieve “net zero” carbon footprint status for its $12.5 billion endowment by 2050 through measures including shifting away from investment in fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.
University of PennsylvaniaThe Office of Investments has established the goal of reducing the net greenhouse gas emissions from Penn’s endowment investments to zero by 2050.
University of Southern California Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee voted to halt new investments in fossil fuels, the university announced. The university will also liquidate its existing fossil fuel investments over the next several years.
University of Victoria announced that it is transferring $80 million to a short-term bond that reduces the “carbon intensity” of its investments. That follows the approval of a policy last year to lower carbon emissions, represented in the entire $225-million portfolio, by 45 per cent by 2030.
Arizona State University Foundation commits to transition its investment portfolio to at least Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.
District of Columbia Retirement Board saw legislation being introduced by Washington Councilmember Robert White requiring the District of Columbia Retirement Board to have diverse asset managers and investment consultants.
New York State Pension Fund's New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that the $246 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund completed a review of its oil sands holdings and has divested from seven tar sands companies.
Princeton University Board of trustee has announced it will divest and disassociate from the fossil fuel industry, as well as companies currently involved in climate disinformation. The University will equally work towards making its $26.6 billion endowment carbon neutral.
Thrift Saving Plan will begin offering ESG funds in 2022. The ESG funds will be available in a new “mutual fund window,” similar to a brokerage option, for the plan.
University of California has reported that 60% of the investment firms they partnered with in 2020 are Black- and/or women-owned, according to a progress report on the managers the Oakland-based university invests with.
University of Toronto joined more than 450 investors, representing US$41 trillion in assets, in signing a joint statement to world governments, urging leaders to accelerate action to address climate change.
University of Sydney adopted a Sustainable Investment Strategy to increase investment in sustainable solutions and exclude fossil fuel companies with inadequate transition plans from investment.
University of Utah's Academic Senate has approved an ad hoc committee’s proposal to realign the university’s endowment “toward positive sustainability investment”.
University of Waterloo has committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its pension and endowment investment portfolios by 50 per cent by the year 2030 and is committing to achieving full carbon neutrality by 2040.
Yale University Board of Trustees recently approved a new set of ethical investing guidelines for the university’s $31.2 billion endowment.
Aberdeen University: Aberdeen became the 90th university in the UK to commit to complete divestment from fossil fuels.
Boston University: The University’s Board of Trustees voted to immediately end all direct investment in fossil fuels.
Cal State System: CSU Chancellor announced that no future investments in fossil fuels will be made by any of the system’s three investment portfolios.
California State University Monterey Bay: The University’s investment committee is in the process of analyzing how a potential full divestment from fossil fuels would impact their returns.
Dartmouth: The Trustees of Dartmouth have pledged to end all holdings in fossil fuels in addition to making new investments in the clean energy industry.
Ford Foundation: Announced no future investment in assets related to the fossil fuel industry.
Grand Valley State University: The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU started an equity endowment for small Michigan-based nonprofits.
Harvard University: The Harvard Management Company built on its previous termination of direct investment in fossil fuels, adding that it will not make new investments in the fossil fuel industry in the future. It also pledged to ensure its own operations are “greenhouse gas neutral” by June 30, 2022.
Lancaster University: The University has transferred all of its investment portfolios to new ESG-aligned funds.
Loyola University Chicago: Loyola has released a new sustainable investment policy, which includes divestment from fossil fuels and integration of ESG considerations.
Macalester College: The College pledged to divest all dedicated, publicly traded oil and gas assets, including all shares of Enbridge, Inc. It also adopted a college investment policy that prohibits any new direct investment in oil and gas assets.
McKnight Foundation: The Foundation has pledged to convert its $3B endowment to a net-zero portfolio by 2050.
Mount Holyoke: Mount Holyoke shared updates on their fossil fuel divestment strategy and carbon neutrality pledge established in March 2021.
Selwyn College: The College will divest from all “meaningful” investments in fossil fuels by the end of this year.
Trinity College: Trinity’s Investment Committee will be moving its shares out of the MSCI World ex-Fossil Fuel, ex-Tobacco Index and into the ILIM Climate Conscious Fund Index.
University of Minnesota: The University will divest all of its funds currently supporting fossil fuel-related companies over the next 5-7 years, largely to the credit of its students’ activism.
University of San Diego: Alongside other Catholic universities, University of San Diego is seeking to eliminate its endowment’s exposure to fossil fuels in alignment with Laudato Si’. Laudato Si’, or “Praised Be To You” is a line from The Canticle of the Sun by St. Francis.
University of St. Thomas: Over the next five years, the University will divest from public securities of companies involved in the exploration and extraction of fossil fuels. In the next 10 years, it will do the same for private investments alongside a pledge to not create any new investments in fossil fuel companies.
University of Toronto: In addition to an announcement of divestment from fossil fuel, the University communicated a goal of a net zero portfolio by 2050. It will also allocate 10 percent of the endowment portfolio to sustainable and low-carbon assets by 2025 – an estimated $400 million worth of investments.
University of Virginia: A new Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility has been established at the University to supplement the addition of ESG criteria into the management of their endowment.
Vassar College: The Board of Trustees announced the explicit addition of environmental and sustainability concerns to their endowment management guidelines.
Virginia Union University: The University’s new endowment policy makes them the first HBCU to have the majority of its portfolio managed by firms with minority owners.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI has signed the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment.
Sewanee: The University of the South: The Board of Regents has committed to investing $10 million dollars of the University endowment in the Sewanee Village development plan.
Tara Doyle, SVP, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, Boston Common Asset ManagementRead more
Bella Alvarez published Leading with Justice: Net Zero Investing & Conversations on Climate Justice in Resources from IEN 2022-02-22 18:25:17 -0500
Roadmaps to net-zero have often been ill-defined and miss the importance of justice in mitigating climate change and reversing the harm it has had on communities, especially communities of color. The Intentional Endowments Network's Net Zero Endowments Initiative has recognized the tendency to silo these issues and has created a subcommittee that focuses on the intersectionality of climate and racial justice. This paper is a result of that subcommittee's efforts to explore climate justice and aims to do three things: provide a background and working definition of climate justice; argue that climate justice is central to reaching net-zero goals; and provide practical methods to implementing climate justice.
Pedro Henriques da Silva, GEM
Georges Dyer, IEN
Renee Morgan, Adasina
Tracy Gray, The 22 Fund
Paul Rissman, Rights CoLab
Kaede Kawauchi, Ceres
Lindsey White, Ceres
Kelly Major Green, Graystone
Madeline Clark, Cambridge
Carol Jeppesen, UNPRI
This paper was supported by:
IEN's Net Zero Endowments Initiative is supported by:
With special thanks to the sponsors of the IEN Net Zero Endowments Initiative:
Bella Alvarez published Leading with Justice: Net Zero Investing & Conversations on Climate Justice in Past Webinars 2022-02-17 09:51:23 -0500In partnership with The 22 Fund (The 22) Adasina Social Capital, and Global Endowment Management (GEM)
Join us on the “The 22 Fund Day", 2/22/22 at 12:30 PM PT for a conversation around climate justice with the release of the report:
"Leading with Justice: Net Zero Investing & Conversations on Climate Justice"
In partnership with The 22 Fund (The 22), Adasina Social Capital, Global Endowment Management (GEM) and Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), please join us on the “The 22 Fund Day," 2/22/22, at 12:30 PM PT for a conversation around climate justice with the the release of the paper Leading with Justice: Net Zero Investing & Conversations on Climate Justice.
Climate Justice IS Social and Economic Justice
Today, there is extensive evidence demonstrating how climate change disproportionately affects low-income people and populations of color who are at the frontlines of higher risks of heatwaves, extreme weather events, environmental degradation and subsequent labor market dislocations. For investors, our choices of where to invest and how to invest have meaningful ramifications for these communities. Frontline communities, who are hit first and hardest, are the best positioned to effectuate change, but are consistently overlooked as a source of solutions.
Hear from a panel of experts on the impact and interdependence of climate, social and economic justice.
- Taj Ahmad Eldridge, General Partner, Include Ventures
- Tracy Gray, Managing Partner, The 22 Fund
- Pedro Henriques da Silva, Associate, Global Endowment Management
- Renee Morgan, Social Justice Strategist, Adasina Social Capital
- Vanessa Roanhorse, Co-Founder, Roanhorse Consulting, LLC
About The 22 Fund
The number 2 is auspicious in numerological circles and we believe that 2/22/22 is an auspicious day for The 22 Fund. The 22 was named after The 22 pobladores, the men and women of color who founded and built Los Angeles to become a vibrant and prosperous city of multi-diversity embracing technology and leading climate justice.
The 22 invests in women and people of color who are typically overlooked by traditional sources of capital, yet who are leading companies at the forefront of climate solutions and social and economic justice. By investing in clean tech, high growth manufacturing, we are not only providing climate solutions in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods most directly damaged by the climate crisis, but we are also providing high paying jobs in these communities. Our holistic approach to impact investing embraces Climate Justice, as well as Social and Economic justice, while providing high returns to our investors.
About Adasina Social Capital
At Adasina Social Capital, we're committed to making large-scale, systemic change through investments in public markets. Our diverse team of people from non-traditional backgrounds works closely with the communities we intend to impact – aligning investors with social justice movements. Beyond creating our own investment criteria, Adasina mobilizes investors to drive long-term impact through industry campaigns and education.
We believe in bold, decisive action. Adasina’s commitment to social justice movements centers the voices of communities most impacted by injustice as we leverage investments to pursue racial, gender, economic, and climate justice.
About Global Endowment Management
Founded in 2007 by former executives from the Duke University Management Company and The Duke Endowment, Global Endowment Management (GEM) is a leading endowment-style investment office, providing institutional investment capability and comprehensive impact investment solutions for mission-driven clients. After more than a decade of investing for mission-driven clients, we know that "one-size" does not fit all. We meet clients where they are, and design portfolios to meet their needs. By doing our job effectively, we empower our client investors to further advance their organizational missions.