Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
Recent Prize Winners
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!
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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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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.

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