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The COVID-19 Downturn and ESG Investing

While the COVID-19 Pandemic caused severe equity market drawdowns in March and April 2020, this blog by Jack Farrell of the Intentional Endowment Network explores the performance of ESG equity investments during this pandemic and the reasons for their relative outperformance.   

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PRI on Guiding Responsible Investors Through the Crisis

This post by Chris Fowle of Principles for Responsible Investment is part of a series in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

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COVID-19 Relief and Equitable Climate Solutions

IEN has been actively working with its partner organizations, network members, and higher education leaders this month to advocate for congressional support for higher education institutions and to use this opportunity to focus investments on low carbon and clean energy especially in underserved rural and urban communities.   

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Boston Common on Earth Day in the Time of 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 Lauren Compere of Boston Common into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

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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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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


Boston Common on Earth Day in the Time of 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 Lauren Compere of Boston Common into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


COVID-19 Relief and Equitable Climate Solutions

IEN has been actively working with its partner organizations, network members, and higher education leaders this month to advocate for congressional support for higher education institutions and to use this opportunity to focus investments on low carbon and clean energy especially in underserved rural and urban communities.   

Read More


PRI on Guiding Responsible Investors Through the Crisis

This post by Chris Fowle of Principles for Responsible Investment is part of a series in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


The COVID-19 Downturn and ESG Investing

While the COVID-19 Pandemic caused severe equity market drawdowns in March and April 2020, this blog by Jack Farrell of the Intentional Endowment Network explores the performance of ESG equity investments during this pandemic and the reasons for their relative outperformance.   

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


Boston Common on Earth Day in the Time of 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 Lauren Compere of Boston Common into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


COVID-19 Relief and Equitable Climate Solutions

IEN has been actively working with its partner organizations, network members, and higher education leaders this month to advocate for congressional support for higher education institutions and to use this opportunity to focus investments on low carbon and clean energy especially in underserved rural and urban communities.   

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


PRI on Guiding Responsible Investors Through the Crisis

This post by Chris Fowle of Principles for Responsible Investment is part of a series in which IEN members will share their thinking about intentional endowment investing in the face of this global pandemic. Follow along to get insight into the new challenges and opportunities we as a network are facing.  

Read More


The COVID-19 Downturn and ESG Investing

While the COVID-19 Pandemic caused severe equity market drawdowns in March and April 2020, this blog by Jack Farrell of the Intentional Endowment Network explores the performance of ESG equity investments during this pandemic and the reasons for their relative outperformance.   

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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