2020 HEFN Virtual Annual Convening: 'It's The Air We Breathe'

2020 HEFN Virtual Annual Convening
HEFN closed out its 2020 Virtual Convening with its final session on Dec. 21, and looks forward to continuing the theme " Philanthropy’s Role In Dismantling Systems Of Injustice ... with a Two-Year Focus on the South," in 2021.

HEFN Steering Committee Welcomes and Goodbyes

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HEFN extends deepest thanks to Steering Committee members stepping down from service after myriad contributions to the HEFN community, and welcomes a new co-chair for 2021.

Black Lives and Racial Justice Matter Every Day

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HEFN stands in solidarity with the call for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and calls for action in support of the Movement for Black Lives. We are in pain over the recent and long history of murders of Black and Brown people due to racism and systems of white supremacy.


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Steering Committee Member
Ogonnaya Dotson Newman is a senior program officer in the Environment program at The JPB Foundation. JPB’s mission is to advance opportunity in the US through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical...
Steering Committee Member
Ellen Braff-Guajardo, based in Fresno, California, is the Director of Regional Programs at the Sierra Health Foundation.
Steering Committee Member
The Founder of Philanthropic + Nonprofit Consulting, Anuja works with foundations, donors, affinity groups and nonprofits on a range of critical environmental, gender, racial, social justice, and cross-movement intersectional issues.
Leslie Hatfield
Steering Committee Member
Leslie is the senior partnership and outreach advisor at GRACE Communications Foundation, where she advises internally and collaborates with like-minded funders and non-government organizations on strategies, movement building, grantmaking and meeting planning.
Steering Committee Member
Jake is the Energy Program Manager at The 11th Hour Project, where he works to reduce the public health and ecological impacts of antiquated energy systems in the US. He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College.
Steering Committee Member
Jalonne White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public...

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