Registration Open for HEFN's 2017 Annual Meeting

Graphic: Rewriting the Rules:  Opportunities for Environmental Health & Justice in Disruptive Times
Funders are invited to explore bold ideas, urgent actions, and creative change-making in these disruptive times at HEFN's 2017 Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 15-16 in Detroit, MI. Come early for a cosponsored, day-long funder program on Nov. 14 that will focus on climate, health, and equity issues.

2017 Climate, Health, and Equity Meeting

2017 Climate, Health, and Equity Meeting
Join other funders interested in health, the environment, racial and gender equity, climate and energy, water, urban and rural communities, smart growth, and related areas, at a full day program on Nov. 14, in Detroit, MI, preceding HEFN's 2017 Annual Meeting from Nov. 15-16.

Philanthropic Investments in Toxics Reform

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One year after the signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, an independent evaluation finds that "HEFN members’ long-term strategy and investments played a critical role in TSCA reform."

Health Affairs Highlights Environmental Health Philanthropy

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Find out why and where foundations have invested millions of dollars so that the public, policymakers, and professionals can more easily consider environmental health in decisions. A peer-reviewed article summarizes the philanthropic case with many examples of this grantmaking.


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September 14, 2017, Vanessa Daniel
The question I ask daily is, of these good people...
Ruth Hennig
August 14, 2017, Ruth Hennig, Executive Director, the John Merck Fund
HEFN and this funder community are deeply grateful for Ruth Hennig’s many contributions to the environmental...
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Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.
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Steering Committee Member
Andrea Bretting joined the Claneil Foundation in 2008, bringing with her many years of experience with local, national and international nonprofits. She began her career in Philadelphia as a community social worker. While li
Steering Committee Member
Carolyn Fine Friedman is Chair of the Fine Fund. The Fund, created in 1997, supports organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. The Fund gives to organizations that conduct scientific research to detect and publicize the unintended harms...
Steering Committee Member
Jalonne White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public...
Steering Committee Member
Amy Panek serves as the Program Officer for the Park Foundation’s Environment Program, with its grant-making focused on ensuring drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public good.  The Foundation supports organizations working...
HEFN Executive Director
Kathy Sessions is HEFN's Executive Director. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health and justice philanthropy ever since.  She oversees HEFN’s programs and services, working closely with staff, funder leaders, and members.
Program Assistant
Andrea Levinson joined HEFN as its Program Assistant in July of 2011. She manages HEFN’s membership program, updates and maintains the HEFN website, prepares E-newsletters, assists with meeting program development, schedules conference calls and meetings, provides research support, and performs...
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Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is Director of the Environment & Health Program at The Heinz Endowments. He directs the foundation’s environmental stewardship grantmaking and research work focusing on air and water quality and environmental impacts on human health.
Steering Committee Member
Vanessa Daniel is Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund.  She currently serves as co-chair of the Health & Environmental Funders Network steering committee.

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