Mission & History

The Responsible Endowments Coalition works with students, alumni, and other university stakeholders to make endowments a force for social, environmental, and economic 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. We empower people to defend human rights and the environment while making both corporations and universities accountable to global stakeholders. Our goal is to foster social and environmental change by making responsible investment common practice amongst colleges and universities, and to support the next generation of activists for the endowment movement.


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.


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Oct 20, 2016
REC Goes to North Carolina Divestment Convening & Launching of New Responsible Endowment Fund   On October 1st, Natalie Casal and I went to Greensboro, North Carolina for a North Carolina Convening for Divestment and Reinvestment. The event was a gathering of students, alumni, parents, and community members from Guilford...
Oct 06, 2016
DEADLINE: Sunday, October 16, 11:59 PM EST. Fill out this form if you would like to be considered for a student scholarship to attend the 2016 REC Kamayan Dinner, celebrating international solidarity and student power, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at May Day Space in Brooklyn. Applicants will be notified...
Oct 03, 2016
KAMAYAN: Celebrate REC, U.S. Student Movements, & International Solidarity October 19, 2016 at 7:00pm - 10:30pm Mayday Space - 176 St Nicholas Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237 In June 2016, REC sent a delegation of U.S. fossil fuel divestment student activists to learn about the impact of climate change and extractive industry...