Look Under The Hood and Demand More - Investing With a Racial Equity Lens

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM (Hosted in partnership with Philanthropy New York)

We know that racial disparities exist in a multitude of areas (e.g., homeownership, workplace advancement, health, and education, etc.), as well as the degree to which these disparities pose a risk to our economy and society. Addressing race equity and justice in philanthropy can – and must – take many forms, from our grantmaking portfolios, to our application and reporting requirements, to how we evaluate ourselves and our grantees. The manner in which our endowments are invested is another critical lens through which philanthropy should consider its commitment to race equity. The field of mission-aligned, or ESG (environmental, social and governance), investing has matured tremendously in recent years. A growing number of foundations are making the commitment to 100% mission- and values-aligned investing as part of their overall commitment to address race inequity and injustice. Join both funders and investment managers for a discussion on how we can get started in investing with a more racially equitable lens.



  • Findings from Intentional Endowments Network's recent report, Investing in Racial Equity: A Primer for University & College Endowments, which can be a blueprint for philanthropy

  • The impact of racial inequality to the long-term sustainability of our economy

  • What practical steps asset managers can take to invest in racial equity

  • The variety of resources and partners available to support this work

  • Case studies of funders who have started on this journey



Opening Remarks


What to expect: presentation followed by breakout discussions.



If you are an IEN endowment or foundation member interested in joining this session, please contact Kaede at [email protected]

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