Since August 2019, the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) has been conducting a Listening Tour to explore REC's work, strategy, and place in the movement. REC has engaged a diverse range of stakeholders and community members in conversations about the organization’s future, as well as better understanding its past. The REC transition board looks forward to sharing the results of the Listening Tour in early 2020. We extend our gratitude to everyone in REC’s network and beyond for the deeply important work being done in the pursuit of justice.
The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement, both by educating and empowering a diverse network of individuals to act on their campuses, and by fostering a national network for collective action.
The Responsible Endowments Coalition was founded in 2004 by student activists from Barnard College, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Williams College who were interested in using their schools’ endowments to shift the way their schools invested. These students recognized a need for a source of information and support for student activists looking to organize on their campuses. REC's founders hoped to encourage new campaigns that would change the way universities consider the social and environmental impacts of their investments. Within a few months, the founders assembled a coalition of 40 schools with combined endowments of more than $102 billion.