Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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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Phyllis Omido, 2015 Goldman Prize Winner
July 16, 2015 by Kathy Sessions
This blog highlights recent awards recognizing innovative environmental health and justice contributions and champions.
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Centers for Disease Control graphic on climate change impacts on human health
Foundations are finding compelling motives and innovative areas for making grants linking climate and health. This post introduces a new report highlighting issues and examples of grantmaking addressing climate change in order to achieve critical goals like population protection, disease prevention, and community transformation.
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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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