A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
September 27, 2016 by Karla Fortunato
With the widespread media coverage of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, cities, advocacy groups, and philanthropy have adjusted their assumption that the country’s laws and infrastructure assure the public safe and healthy drinking water. In response, the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) surveyed foundations interested or engaged in grant making focused on healthy and affordable drinking water, aiming to better understand what foundations are doing and what more is needed to ensure our nation’s drinking water is healthy and affordable. In this blog post, HEFN Director Karla Fortunato discusses the survey results.
August 5, 2016 by Vanessa Daniel
Over the past two years the streets have swelled with unprecedented levels of protest proclaiming “Black Lives Matter” across the U.S. and around the globe. Today, I raise the question for philanthropy, particularly for white and non-black people of color donors and foundation staff: what more is required of us to advance racial justice? It is a question I have been grappling with as a biracial Sri Lankan/white American working in philanthropy.
July 26, 2016 by Khalila Lomax
One hot summer Saturday, I ventured into a “grocery mart” to purchase some water, only to find that my only options were flavored water, juice, and soda. This particular area does not have a neighborhood grocery store where people can purchase water. While I learned a lot this summer about many different issues, what I learned about drinking water was the most eye opening.
Latest Toxics Reforms Reflect Years of Dedicated Work; Will Require Sustained Focus to Ensure Strong ImplementationJune 8, 2016 by Jeff Wise
On June 7, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, potentially the most important new, non-energy-related environmental law in a generation. Whether this reform of the forty-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) meaningfully reduces the hazards to people and wildlife from tens of the thousands of untested chemicals on the market will depend on how effectively the EPA implements it. The new law is the result of years of painstaking work by advocates and funders. Whatever you think of it, its passage represents a major milestone for environmental health funding and advocacy.
April 21, 2016 by Kathy Sessions
Major awards are shining much-deserved light on champions of environmental health and justice. The recent winners have varied stories; there's a student, an attorney, a pediatrician, biologists, a grantmaker, and an environmental health advocate. But their common story is about people growing into powerful advocates for public health, the environment, and social equity. Read on for a healthy dose of inspiration!