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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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Catching Up On Recent ESG Papers

Savvy Investor, a "knowledge network" for institutional investors, has compiled a wealth of resources for institutional investors and their advisors. We wanted to share this recent post, which points to Savvy Investor's top picks of recent white papers on environmental, social, and governance themes.

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Takeaways from the Pro's: Panel Explores University of Ne...

This past May, the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) co-presented An Introduction to The IEN Roadmap & How The University of New Hampshire Intentionally Invests at MIT Sloan School of Management. This event was presented in partnership by the Intentional Endowments Network with WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy), and hosted by the MIT Impact Investing Initiative.

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Book Launch: Investing for Good by the Partners of Mobius...

I had the opportunity this week to attend the book launch of Invest for Good by Mark Mobius, Carlos von Hardenberg and Greg Konieczny at Bloomsbury Publishing in London.  The authors are partners of Mobius Capital, a new IEN member organization, and the book focuses on ESG investing in emerging markets. 

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Impact Update: Integrating ESG Factors into Endowment Inv...

Impact Update Intentionally Designed Endowments Making a Difference   July 2019: Integrating ESG Factors into Endowment Investing

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IEN’s Roundtable at Total Impact Philadelphia Offers a Fr...

The recent Total Impact Philadelphia Conference brought together investors, educators, and community and economic development leaders. The event is part of a series of events produced by Good Capital Project which explores different ways in which asset owners and managers can drive regional impact through their investments.

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IEN’s Roundtable at Total Impact Philadelphia Offers a Fr...

The recent Total Impact Philadelphia Conference brought together investors, educators, and community and economic development leaders. The event is part of a series of events produced by Good Capital Project which explores different ways in which asset owners and managers can drive regional impact through their investments.

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Impact Update: Integrating ESG Factors into Endowment Inv...

Impact Update Intentionally Designed Endowments Making a Difference   July 2019: Integrating ESG Factors into Endowment Investing

Read More


Book Launch: Investing for Good by the Partners of Mobius...

I had the opportunity this week to attend the book launch of Invest for Good by Mark Mobius, Carlos von Hardenberg and Greg Konieczny at Bloomsbury Publishing in London.  The authors are partners of Mobius Capital, a new IEN member organization, and the book focuses on ESG investing in emerging markets. 

Read More


Takeaways from the Pro's: Panel Explores University of Ne...

This past May, the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) co-presented An Introduction to The IEN Roadmap & How The University of New Hampshire Intentionally Invests at MIT Sloan School of Management. This event was presented in partnership by the Intentional Endowments Network with WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy), and hosted by the MIT Impact Investing Initiative.

Read More


Catching Up On Recent ESG Papers

Savvy Investor, a "knowledge network" for institutional investors, has compiled a wealth of resources for institutional investors and their advisors. We wanted to share this recent post, which points to Savvy Investor's top picks of recent white papers on environmental, social, and governance themes.

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


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


Book Launch: Investing for Good by the Partners of Mobius...

I had the opportunity this week to attend the book launch of Invest for Good by Mark Mobius, Carlos von Hardenberg and Greg Konieczny at Bloomsbury Publishing in London.  The authors are partners of Mobius Capital, a new IEN member organization, and the book focuses on ESG investing in emerging markets. 

Read More


Catching Up On Recent ESG Papers

Savvy Investor, a "knowledge network" for institutional investors, has compiled a wealth of resources for institutional investors and their advisors. We wanted to share this recent post, which points to Savvy Investor's top picks of recent white papers on environmental, social, and governance themes.

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


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


IEN’s Roundtable at Total Impact Philadelphia Offers a Fr...

The recent Total Impact Philadelphia Conference brought together investors, educators, and community and economic development leaders. The event is part of a series of events produced by Good Capital Project which explores different ways in which asset owners and managers can drive regional impact through their investments.

Read More


Impact Update: Integrating ESG Factors into Endowment Inv...

Impact Update Intentionally Designed Endowments Making a Difference   July 2019: Integrating ESG Factors into Endowment Investing

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


Takeaways from the Pro's: Panel Explores University of Ne...

This past May, the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) co-presented An Introduction to The IEN Roadmap & How The University of New Hampshire Intentionally Invests at MIT Sloan School of Management. This event was presented in partnership by the Intentional Endowments Network with WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy), and hosted by the MIT Impact Investing Initiative.

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.

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