Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
Pittsburgh Riverfront - Photo Credit Mark Perrott
February 9, 2016 by Grant Oliphant
Catastrophes like the Flint water crisis could happen in Pittsburgh, if we ignore the needs of our community and believe that public health and prosperity cannot go hand-in-hand. Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant writes about why Flint matters and how the principles of p4: People, Planet, Place and Performance need to guide us in our growth as a modern city.
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Lead Levels Graphic
January 28, 2016 by Kathy Sessions
Clean drinking water is a health essential, but too often not people’s reality. This post explores what the unfolding story in Flint Michigan is revealing about environmental health hazards, as well as what it's catalyzing in philanthropy to improve environmental conditions for healthy living.
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HEFN's 2015 Year in Review image
January 13, 2016 by Kathy Sessions
This post reviews highlights of HEFN's largely behind-the-scenes work in philanthropy in 2015, aimed at powering up a dynamic field that’s safeguarding public health, social equity, and environmental quality.
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Vivian Huang, Campaign and Organizing Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network
December 4, 2015 by Farhad Ebrahimi
Farhad Ebrahimi explains why the Chorus Foundation is investing long-term grant support in three communities, to speed their just transition to a regenerative economy that works for people, places, and planet.
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Photo of Divest Invest Press Event: from left to right, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, May Boeve, Ellen Dorsey & Leonardo DiCaprio
October 21, 2015 by Clara Vondrich and Allison Barlow
Just over a year ago, the Divest Invest movement announced that entities managing assets of more than $52 billion had agreed to divest from fossil fuels. Fast forward one year and the movement has taken off. The assets under management (AUM) of individuals and institutions committed to divestment has soared to over $2.6 trillion--fifty times last year's total.
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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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