Spring 2015

Sustainable Investing

New university fund gives donors another option for endowment giving

Tufts has created a sustainability investment fund, which is now available for donors making new gifts of $25,000 or more to the university.

Donors concerned about environmental, social and governance factors can now designate that their endowment gifts be invested in the Tufts University Sustainability Fund. They may, for example, create an endowed scholarship or professorship and have the money invested in the fund, which the Board of Trustees approved at its November 2014 meeting.

300Wsustain-fund“Through this pilot fund, we will learn more about this kind of investment approach, with the goal that sustainable investing will expand in our endowment as we gain experience and confidence in these types of investment approaches,” says Laurie Gabriel, J76, chair of the Trustee Investment Committee.

Exploring how to set up such a fund was one of the recommendations of the Divestment Working Group established by President Anthony P. Monaco. The group also examined the feasibility of divestment from fossil fuels and other ways that Tufts could mitigate climate change, both to advance the university’s goals and to test the feasibility of this kind of investment vehicle.

The university has appointed an advisory committee to help define what constitutes qualifying investments. A member of the Trustee Investment Committee chairs the advisory group.

To learn more about supporting Tufts with a gift to the Tufts University Sustainability Fund, please contact Margot Biggin, executive director, University Advancement, at margot.biggin@tufts.edu or 617.627.3287.

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