IEN's Partners

We believe in the power of collaborative action in order to build the field of sustainable investing among endowed institutions. Learn more about the organizations with which IEN partners:

The SIILK Network (Sustainable & Impact Investing Learning & Knowledge) is a peer learning network of students, faculty, and staff that are involved in the management and development of student-managed investment funds, as well as the teaching and development of sustainable investing curriculum. SIILK participants connect to share best practices and resources to advance sustainable investing strategies in student-managed funds and curricula.
IEN works closely with Second Nature on a range of activities, most notably in co-hosting the annual Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Second Nature is the coordinating body for the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments - a network of over 500 colleges and universities committed to achieving climate neutrality in campus operations and implementing comprehensive climate action and/or climate resilience plans.
IEN has joined forces with the HBCU Green Fund to launch an initiative aimed at improving endowment investment decision-making in higher education to better incorporate factors related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The central driving force of this initiative is a high-level Working Group of senior leaders from higher education, the investment industry, foundations, and nonprofit partners.

The United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance is an international group of institutional investors delivering on a bold commitment to transition our investment portfolios to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The Alliance shows united investor action to align portfolios with a 1.5°C scenario, addressing Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement. IEN is a Supporting Partner of the Alliance, supporting our Network in making Net Zero Portfolio commitments, and working with the Alliance to help investors implement such commitments.

Confluence Philanthropy’s mission is to transform the practice of investing by aligning capital with its community’s values of sustainability, equity, and justice. Confluence supports and catalyzes a membership network of private, public and community foundations; family offices; individual donors; and their values-aligned investment advisors representing more than $92B in philanthropic assets under management, and over $3.5T in managed capital.
US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the leading voice advancing sustainable investing across all asset classes. Its mission is to rapidly shift investment practices toward sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and the generation of positive social and environmental impacts.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing its scale and effectiveness around the world. By convening impact investors to facilitate knowledge exchange, highlighting innovative investment approaches, building the evidence base for the industry, and producing valuable tools and resources, the GIIN seeks to accelerate the industry's development through focused leadership and collective action.
Toniic is a global community of asset owners seeking deeper positive net impact across the spectrum of capital. Its members consist of more than 400 high net worth individuals, family office, and foundation asset owners who are deepening their impact across the spectrum of capital and personal resources in more than 25 countries around the world. Toniic envisions a world where all investments honor the planet and its inhabitants.
Social Venture Circle (SVC) is a membership network that equips entrepreneurs, impact investors, and capacity-builders with connections, money, and expertise in order to build businesses that drive the NEXT economy: one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all. Social Venture Circle connects, empowers, and finances entrepreneurs, investors, capacity- builders, and policy makers in a powerful, diverse, and inclusive network.
The ImPact's purpose is to improve the probability and pace of solving social and environmental problems by increasing the flow of capital to investments that generate measurable impact. It is a global membership community of families committed to aligning their assets with their values.
Mission Investors Exchange is the leading impact investing network for foundations dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental change. With over 200 members, it provides resources, inspiration, and connections to help its members increase the scale and impact of their impact investing practice. Members come to Mission Investors Exchange and each other for best practices, new investment opportunities, deal partnerships, and innovations in impact investing around the world.
Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and inequitable workplaces. Its mission: Ceres is transforming the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet.

PRI

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility pioneered the use of shareholder advocacy to press companies on environmental, social, and governance issues. Its coalition of over 300 global institutional investors currently represents more than $500 billion in managed assets. Leveraging their equity ownership in some of the world’s largest and most powerful companies, ICCR members regularly engage management to identify and mitigate social and environmental risks resulting from corporate operations and policies.
The Impact Capital Managers mission is to accelerate the performance of its members and promote the smart growth of the private capital impact investing marketplace. It does this through its membership association, which today includes 52 funds representing more than $11B in impact-focused capital, and through field-building initiatives and partnerships. The ICM network of peers is engaged and collaborative by nature. General Partners join the community to find resources and to be a resource to others in equal measure.

The Diverse Asset Managers Initiative (DAMI) is an effort to increase the absolute number of, and assets under management by, diverse-owned asset management firms for institutional investors, with specific focus on public, corporate, faith and labor union pension funds as well as foundation and university endowments. It is a consortium of financial services professionals, institutional investors, corporate and philanthropic board members and trade associations committed to raising awareness among institutional investors about the benefits and opportunities of investing funds with diverse-owned asset management firms.

IEN's Funders

We are tremendously grateful for the following funders -- past and present -- for providing grants to the Crane Institute of Sustainability in support of the Intentional Endowments Network and for their partnership in advancing our mission to help endowed institutions address climate risk and support a thriving, just, and sustainable society through mission-align investing.

Claudia and Peter Kinder Charitable Fund

Grant Recognition
Since 1925, the mission of the Denver Foundation has been to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen communities. It works with donors, nonprofits and community leaders to make a positive difference around education, economic opportunity, basic needs, and local leadership. catalyze market growth.

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For over eight decades the Ford Foundation has pursued a mission to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

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The goal of the Generation Foundation is mobilize key participants in the global economy to strengthen the business case for and accelerate the transition to sustainable capitalism.

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For over twenty years the Litterman Foundation has generously supported initiatives in health, higher education, social and human services, food banks, conservation, and more.
Created in 1940, this family foundation is committed to advancing social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

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Founded by Henry A. Wallace, the 33rd Vice President of the United States, the Fund is part of a growing movement to align investing with the promotion of human rights, democracy, public health, and sustainable planet.

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