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As of March 26, 2020, please note that HEFN has a new mailing address: Health and Environmental Funders Network, P.O. Box 1323, Laurel, MD 20725. For mail that requires a street address (Fedex/UPS, etc.) use the following:Health and Environmental Funders Network, 324 Main Street, #1323, Laurel, MD 20707.

Resilience: Living Beyond Fear With The Coronavirus

The coronavirus is illustrating how perfectly predictable threats can profoundly disrupt interconnected and fragile global systems. Amid the fear, Michael Lerner, a co-founder and chair emeritus of HEFN, and president of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and Commonweal, provides courage and hope during these uncertain times.

Save the Date for HEFN’s 2020 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 HEFN Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration in Fresno, Calif., with special thanks to the Planning Committee and Steering Committee (pictured). Mark your calendar for Nov. 9-11, 2020, location and theme coming soon.


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March 6, 2020, Michael Lerner
Michael Lerner, co-founder and chair emeritus of HEFN, and president of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and Commonweal, shares how we can move...
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January 24, 2020, Cindy Glass
HEFN enters 2020 energized to sustain the...
about fracking's impact and how grantmakers are helping

Who We Are

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Program Assistant
Andrea Levinson joined HEFN as its Program Assistant in July of 2011. She manages HEFN’s membership program, updates and maintains the HEFN website, schedules conference calls and meetings, assists with meeting program development, provides research support, and performs various projects as they...
Steering Committee Member
Ellen Braff-Guajardo, based in Fresno, California, is a Senior Program Officer with the Sierra Health Foundation.
Steering Committee Member
Jake is a Program Associate within the Energy program 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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Steering Committee Member
Andrea Bretting joined the Claneil Foundation in 2008, bringing with her many years of experience with local, national and international nonprofits. She began her career in Philadelphia as a community social worker. While liv
Steering Committee Member
Ogonnaya Dotson Newman is a 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 research.

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