Civic Engagement

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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I’m obsessed with analogies. I feel like I can’t claim to understand a given issue unless I can describe it effectively using an analogy that’s both intuitive and provocative (and hopefully positively delightful to boot). I’m also obsessed with science...
David Fukuzawa, Cecilia Estolano and Miya Yoshitani at HEFN 2014 Annual Meeting
“We have faith in a different vision of 2029, because we have witnessed our own power to change the future.” These encouraging words from Michele Prichard of the Liberty Hill Foundation opened and framed HEFN’s 2014 annual meeting, Fifteen Forward:...
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...
HEFN's 2013 Annual Meeting is quickly approaching. In this blog post, HEFN Director Karla Fortunato outlines seven reasons this year's Annual Meeting is a can't-miss event for funders of environmental health and environmental justice.
A Win for the Environment, A Win for Democracy: the Case for Collaboration is a new report from the Money in Politics Working Group of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. Alex Russell, Director of the working group, shares highlights from the...
HEFN's blog, Giving InSight, turns one this month! In this blog post, HEFN staffers take a look back on some notable posts and on our goals for blogging.
The meeting theme for HEFN's 2013 Annual Meeting will dive deep into demography to explore how the rising American electorate could strengthen the environmental health and justice movement. This blog post offers a preview of the topics, issues, and strategies...
Pacoima Beautiful Summer Institute 2013 students
The Liberty Hill Foundation is helping introduce a next generation of environmental health and justice advocates through its Clean Up Green Up campaign. Read more in this blog post.
Our brains are hardwired for stories. Read about why HEFN is using more stories, and see a few recent stories about HEFN members in this blog post.
HEFN Steering Committee Member Carolyn Fine Friedman muses on overcoming the undue influence of money in politics to advance better environmental health protections and shares her motivation for joining a donor collaborative to that end.

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Christine James came to the John Merck Fund in 2008, after 20+ years working for small, community-based human service and environmental nonprofit organizations in Maine and Massachusetts.

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