The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) is a peer network designed to support endowments in exploring ways to align investments with institutional mission, values, and sustainability goals in order to ensure the best long-term financial returns.
To support the development of intentionally designed endowments – that consider institutional mission, values, and sustainability risks and opportunities – the network facilitates peer-to-peer connection and learning, thought leadership, and collaborative action. The network explores practical options for administrators and trustees to successfully enhance their institutions’ approach to sustainable investment and address stakeholders’ concerns.
This effort is designed to complement and enhance an institution's leadership mission to prepare society for the complex challenges of the 21st century through education, research, operations, and community engagement.
After an eighteen-month pilot phase, IEN launched with nearly 80 founding members including higher education endowments, foundations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The Ball State University Foundation is a contributing and founding member of this network.
More information can be found at the website: http://www.intentionalendowments.org/