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How Arizona State University is Adapting to the COVID-19 ...

This week, we are kicking off a series of blog posts in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight from Jeff Mindlen of Arizona State University into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

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Intentional Endowments in the Face of a Global Pandemic

This week, we are kicking off a series of blog posts in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight from Hannah Bowen of the Intentional Endowments Network into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

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2020 Higher Ed Climate Leadership Summit: Celebrating Gro...

The 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, co-hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), was the largest yet with just under 400 participants, including over 50 college and university presidents, provosts, and trustees in attendance. There were signs of new momentum at the Summit, where peers shared how they are advancing climate action alongside the efforts for social and economic equity that must underpin that action, including through teaching, research, campus operations, and endowment investing.

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Higher Education Equitable and Clean Economy Opportunity ...

Organized as part of the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit convened by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, the Equitable and Clean Economy Opportunity Zone Workshop brought together university, nonprofit and business representatives to advance investments in and around universities by leveraging Opportunity Zones. About 30 individuals participated in this interactive and action-oriented workshop, half of whom were university representatives ranging from Trustees, Chief Financial Officers, to Faculty. 

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Yale Community Conversation – Event Summary

On January 15, 2020, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies hosted their monthly Community Conversations event, a facilitated conversation for members of the Yale community and the public to discuss issues pertaining to the School’s program and the wider Yale community. The recent protest during the Harvard/Yale football game, which called for Yale’s endowment to divest from fossil fuels, had brought the facilitators of the Community Conversations event to consider a broader dialogue about issues around divestment and sustainable investing. 

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Hope Is Not a Strategy

Colleges that choose to avoid issues important to their audience and relevant to the management of our respective endowments, risk “withering on the vine” irrespective of portfolio performance.  

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Reflections on the 2019 SIILK Fellowship Program

By: Alicia Sidik A year ago, I recalled sitting in a roomful of the nation's higher education leaders and decision-makers the same way I remembered my first day of college: anxious, curious, and slightly out of place. It was the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, which I had the opportunity to attend as a fellow with IEN. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I came into the fellowship with the goal of picking up a few new skills and gaining exposure to the world of endowment investing. Instead, I came away with a nuanced understanding of the endowment model of investing and the challenges institutions face when engaging in sustainable or responsible investing. In the time since then, I got to work...

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Two Leaders in Sustainable Investing Join Intentional End...

BOSTON, MA (November 25, 2019) – The Intentional Endowments Network (“IEN”) brought new expertise to the executive team guiding its work last month, with the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors of The Crane Institute of Sustainability (“Crane”), IEN’s nonprofit organizational home. Both Evelyn Murphy, president of The WAGE Project and former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, and Gabe Rissman, co-founder & president of YourStake joined Crane’s Board in October. Their unique perspectives on the cross-sector leadership for sustainable investing bring further depth to the group of investment and higher education leaders governing IEN’s work.

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ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable - Event Summary

On September 6th, 2019, IEN organized the ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The half-day event brought together a diverse group of endowment decision-makers, investment firms, nonprofit leaders and other stakeholders looking to enhance environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration into their investment process to positively impact communities near their campuses and around the world. 

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Endowment Investing 101

Savvy Investor, a "knowledge network" for institutional investors, has compiled a wealth of resources for institutional investors and their advisors. In this recent post, you can find an overview of endowment investment management - an "Endowment Investing 101" syllabus of sorts. Take a look at the latest trends in college and university endowments!

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Endowment Investing 101

Savvy Investor, a "knowledge network" for institutional investors, has compiled a wealth of resources for institutional investors and their advisors. In this recent post, you can find an overview of endowment investment management - an "Endowment Investing 101" syllabus of sorts. Take a look at the latest trends in college and university endowments!

Read More


ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable - Event Summary

On September 6th, 2019, IEN organized the ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The half-day event brought together a diverse group of endowment decision-makers, investment firms, nonprofit leaders and other stakeholders looking to enhance environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration into their investment process to positively impact communities near their campuses and around the world. 

Read More


Two Leaders in Sustainable Investing Join Intentional End...

BOSTON, MA (November 25, 2019) – The Intentional Endowments Network (“IEN”) brought new expertise to the executive team guiding its work last month, with the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors of The Crane Institute of Sustainability (“Crane”), IEN’s nonprofit organizational home. Both Evelyn Murphy, president of The WAGE Project and former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, and Gabe Rissman, co-founder & president of YourStake joined Crane’s Board in October. Their unique perspectives on the cross-sector leadership for sustainable investing bring further depth to the group of investment and higher education leaders governing IEN’s work.

Read More


Reflections on the 2019 SIILK Fellowship Program

By: Alicia Sidik A year ago, I recalled sitting in a roomful of the nation's higher education leaders and decision-makers the same way I remembered my first day of college: anxious, curious, and slightly out of place. It was the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, which I had the opportunity to attend as a fellow with IEN. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I came into the fellowship with the goal of picking up a few new skills and gaining exposure to the world of endowment investing. Instead, I came away with a nuanced understanding of the endowment model of investing and the challenges institutions face when engaging in sustainable or responsible investing. In the time since then, I got to work...

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Hope Is Not a Strategy

Colleges that choose to avoid issues important to their audience and relevant to the management of our respective endowments, risk “withering on the vine” irrespective of portfolio performance.  

Read More


Yale Community Conversation – Event Summary

On January 15, 2020, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies hosted their monthly Community Conversations event, a facilitated conversation for members of the Yale community and the public to discuss issues pertaining to the School’s program and the wider Yale community. The recent protest during the Harvard/Yale football game, which called for Yale’s endowment to divest from fossil fuels, had brought the facilitators of the Community Conversations event to consider a broader dialogue about issues around divestment and sustainable investing. 

Read More


Higher Education Equitable and Clean Economy Opportunity ...

Organized as part of the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit convened by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, the Equitable and Clean Economy Opportunity Zone Workshop brought together university, nonprofit and business representatives to advance investments in and around universities by leveraging Opportunity Zones. About 30 individuals participated in this interactive and action-oriented workshop, half of whom were university representatives ranging from Trustees, Chief Financial Officers, to Faculty. 

Read More


2020 Higher Ed Climate Leadership Summit: Celebrating Gro...

The 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, co-hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), was the largest yet with just under 400 participants, including over 50 college and university presidents, provosts, and trustees in attendance. There were signs of new momentum at the Summit, where peers shared how they are advancing climate action alongside the efforts for social and economic equity that must underpin that action, including through teaching, research, campus operations, and endowment investing.

Read More


Intentional Endowments in the Face of a Global Pandemic

This week, we are kicking off a series of blog posts in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight from Hannah Bowen of the Intentional Endowments Network into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


How Arizona State University is Adapting to the COVID-19 ...

This week, we are kicking off a series of blog posts in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight from Jeff Mindlen of Arizona State University into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


2020 Higher Ed Climate Leadership Summit: Celebrating Gro...

The 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, co-hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), was the largest yet with just under 400 participants, including over 50 college and university presidents, provosts, and trustees in attendance. There were signs of new momentum at the Summit, where peers shared how they are advancing climate action alongside the efforts for social and economic equity that must underpin that action, including through teaching, research, campus operations, and endowment investing.

Read More


ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable - Event Summary

On September 6th, 2019, IEN organized the ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The half-day event brought together a diverse group of endowment decision-makers, investment firms, nonprofit leaders and other stakeholders looking to enhance environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration into their investment process to positively impact communities near their campuses and around the world. 

Read More


Endowment Investing 101

Savvy Investor, a "knowledge network" for institutional investors, has compiled a wealth of resources for institutional investors and their advisors. In this recent post, you can find an overview of endowment investment management - an "Endowment Investing 101" syllabus of sorts. Take a look at the latest trends in college and university endowments!

Read More


Higher Education Equitable and Clean Economy Opportunity ...

Organized as part of the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit convened by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network, the Equitable and Clean Economy Opportunity Zone Workshop brought together university, nonprofit and business representatives to advance investments in and around universities by leveraging Opportunity Zones. About 30 individuals participated in this interactive and action-oriented workshop, half of whom were university representatives ranging from Trustees, Chief Financial Officers, to Faculty. 

Read More


Hope Is Not a Strategy

Colleges that choose to avoid issues important to their audience and relevant to the management of our respective endowments, risk “withering on the vine” irrespective of portfolio performance.  

Read More


How Arizona State University is Adapting to the COVID-19 ...

This week, we are kicking off a series of blog posts in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight from Jeff Mindlen of Arizona State University into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


Intentional Endowments in the Face of a Global Pandemic

This week, we are kicking off a series of blog posts in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight from Hannah Bowen of the Intentional Endowments Network into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


Reflections on the 2019 SIILK Fellowship Program

By: Alicia Sidik A year ago, I recalled sitting in a roomful of the nation's higher education leaders and decision-makers the same way I remembered my first day of college: anxious, curious, and slightly out of place. It was the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, which I had the opportunity to attend as a fellow with IEN. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I came into the fellowship with the goal of picking up a few new skills and gaining exposure to the world of endowment investing. Instead, I came away with a nuanced understanding of the endowment model of investing and the challenges institutions face when engaging in sustainable or responsible investing. In the time since then, I got to work...

Read More


Two Leaders in Sustainable Investing Join Intentional End...

BOSTON, MA (November 25, 2019) – The Intentional Endowments Network (“IEN”) brought new expertise to the executive team guiding its work last month, with the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors of The Crane Institute of Sustainability (“Crane”), IEN’s nonprofit organizational home. Both Evelyn Murphy, president of The WAGE Project and former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, and Gabe Rissman, co-founder & president of YourStake joined Crane’s Board in October. Their unique perspectives on the cross-sector leadership for sustainable investing bring further depth to the group of investment and higher education leaders governing IEN’s work.

Read More


Yale Community Conversation – Event Summary

On January 15, 2020, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies hosted their monthly Community Conversations event, a facilitated conversation for members of the Yale community and the public to discuss issues pertaining to the School’s program and the wider Yale community. The recent protest during the Harvard/Yale football game, which called for Yale’s endowment to divest from fossil fuels, had brought the facilitators of the Community Conversations event to consider a broader dialogue about issues around divestment and sustainable investing. 

Read More


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