Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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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Brian Byrd and Dana LaVenture
August 3, 2015 by Dana LaVenture and Brian Byrd
At P.S. 51, an elementary school in the Bronx that was sited in a former lamp factory, children had been reporting assorted illnesses over the years. Testing at P.S. 51 revealed dangerous levels of toxins, but parents weren't informed for more than six months; when a report was finally released to the community, it was too technical to be properly understood. To help redress this problem, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) awarded a grant to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to reach out to P.S. 51 and other school districts to offer training, assistance, and educational materials to help parents advocate for improvements to school siting policies and practices.
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Lauren Davis is the Director of the Oil and Gas Program at The 11th Hour Project, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation.

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