Resource Library

Select the topic that you're interested in learning more about and browse through the list of curated resources. If you're not sure where to start, take a look at the Intentionally Designed Endowment Roadmap - this tool will provide a guided tour of strategies and point you to the appropriate resource pages to support learning and action.

Overviews and Guides

General Sustainable Investing 

Answer the question "What is Sustainable Investing?" and learn about general sustainable investing topics 

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Financial Performance

Can sustainable investments achieve performance objectives? Click here for the best evidence on financial performance. 

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Fiduciary Duty 

Can sustainable investments meet fiduciary requirements of care and diligence? This page has resources on the responsibilities of Board members and Investment Committees.

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What Are Other Endowments Doing? 

Learn how higher education endowments are committing to sustainability in this rich library of peer examples, organized by activity and by school.

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Resources From IEN

Read all resources written collaboratively by network members and published by The Intentional Endowments Network on topics including fiduciary duty, financial performance, clean energy, and endowment case studies

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Roadmap for Endowments

The roadmap guides investors through key steps toward creating intentionally designed endowments

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Learn About Endowments

Learn more about how endowments operate

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State of the Field

Tracking the trends in the field to understand which steps endowments are taking to align their investments with their institutional goals

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Organizations in Our Field

Learn more about organizations that provide tools, research, support, events, and opportunities for action in the field of sustainable investing and endowment management.

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Impact Areas

What is Sustainability?

What do we mean by "sustainability?" Learn about frameworks to define social and environmental sustainability, including with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Sustainable Capitalism

Learn more about how capitalism is being reimagined

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Social Equity Investing

Address systemic social risks in your portfolio to enhance your investment decision-making process

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Climate Solutions Investing

Addressing climate risk and leveraging opportunities to invest in creating a low carbon, sustainable economy

Strategies and Stakeholders

Shareholder Engagement 

Address material investment risks, improve corporate sustainability performance and support policies that move society towards sustainability through proxy voting, engaging in dialogue with companies held in the portfolio, filing or co-filing shareholder resolutions, and signing on to public investor letters or statements

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Sustainable Curriculum and Student Led Funds

Student-managed funds promote student leadership, advance education and real-world training, and enhance the ability of all graduates to drive sustainability solutions throughout their careers

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Retirement Resources

Incorporating ESG options into faculty/staff retirement plans  

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Impact Management

Track, manage and measure the impact of your investments 

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Community Investing

Investing in the local economies our universities call home

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Racial Equity Investing

Investing to advance racial equity and narrowing the economic disparities for communities of color

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Gender Lens Investing

Investing in gender diversity and closing the gender gap  

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Net Zero Endowments

Endowments committing to transition the investment portfolio to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050

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ESG Integration

Incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors to reduce risk and enhance returns

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Learn about strategies for risk-based or values-based divestment

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Tools and Examples

Sample Investment Policy Statements 

Sample of college and university endowment investment policy statements

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Working with Consultants

Read tips for working effectively with an investment consultant

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Diverse Asset Managers

Use these guides, tools, sample policies, and directories to increase the diversity of the asset managers in your portfolio

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Committee on Investor Responsibility

Learn about what a Committee on Investor Responsibility is and does, best practices, and examples from colleges/universities that have established one

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Due Diligence on Asset Managers

How can you select asset managers who align with your investment policies?

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Green Revolving Loan Funds

Learn about this tool for investing in campus sustainability.

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