Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA | 9:00am - 7:30pm
Primer (pre-reading background document)
This forum was for students, investment professionals, and senior administrators at universities and colleges to engage in a critical and collaborative dialogue around the concerns, strategies and methods of intentionally designed endowments. An intentionally designed endowment is a fairly new concept, involving aligning investment portfolios with institutional mission, values, and sustainability goals, without sacrificing returns. This forum was an opportunity for communication across stakeholder groups, encouraging the exchange of different knowledge and perspectives.
While the fossil fuel divestment movement has brought mission-related investment issues to the fore for endowments, the purpose of this event was not to focus on or advocate for any one approach. We explored the full range of sustainable investment strategies -- positive and negative screens, ESG integration, impact investing, and more -- and generated possible solutions to their persistent barriers. The forum culminated in collective visioning for creating intentionally designed endowments as a meaningful contribution to supporting solutions to climate change and the global sustainability challenge.
The forum was being developed and presented in a collaborative effort by independent student leaders, the Intentional Endowments Network, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, and Mount Holyoke College.
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