Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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September 29, 2014 by Grant Oliphant
A just-published Yale University study finding that people who live near natural gas wells suffer from higher rates of respiratory and skin ailments than people who live farther away has come under fire from pro-drilling industry associations. The Yale-led study, conducted in southwestern Pennsylvania with funding from The Heinz Endowments, was clear in its scope and limitations. It sought to determine whether living in close proximity to a gas well correlates with health effects of any kind.
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August 1, 2014 by Kathy Sessions
What do people organizing for environmental justice, advocating for healthier housing and building materials, mapping hotspots of pollution and poverty, or monitoring impacts of oil and gas production have in common? They’re all creatively using data-sharing to engage lots of people in identifying, understanding and solving problems. In this blog post, Kathy Sessions discusses how HEFN held a meeting and has published a paper to help our environmental health and justice funder community explore the opportunities of using data-sharing efforts to scale up the environmental health and justice movement.
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July 7, 2014 by Amy Solomon
Recently Amy Solomon stepped away from her program officer position at the Bullitt Foundation. In this blog post, Amy answers questions she'd been asked – or had asked herself – and she shares her reflections on her twelve years at the Foundation, on philanthropy and on moving to the next chapter in her professional life.
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June 16, 2014 by Vanessa Daniel
When Groundswell Fund entered the treacherous waters of capacity building around Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) three years ago, they did so acutely aware of the pitfalls it would entail. But even that didn’t prevent missteps and many “teachable moments.” After an 18-month pilot, and the launching of a full 24-month program with 10 groups in early 2014, Vanessa Daniel of Groundswell Fund shares their top 10 lessons learned in this blog post.
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June 2, 2014 by Karla Fortunato
Climate change is hot. In the news, that is. But visibility isn’t enough. So far the climate movement has struggled to build enough public support and political will for real climate solutions. Health and social justice funders and their grantees have an historic opportunity to help turn the tide. Here’s why.
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