HEFN 2018 Annual Meeting

The Environmental Health and Justice Majority: Raising Voices, Building Power
Funders and donors are invited to attend the HEFN 2018 Annual Meeting to be held from November 28-30 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

HEFN Launches 'Making the Case' Program

Making the Case
HEFN is supporting a group of funders in a new 6-month program on integrating equity and grassroots support into environmental health grant making. A February retreat kicks off the 2018 cohort working on “Making the Case" skills and leadership.

Philanthropic Investments in Toxics Reform

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One year after the signing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, an independent evaluation finds that "HEFN members’ long-term strategy and investments played a critical role in TSCA reform."
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Welcome

This natural spring emerges from a white cedar bog in the heart of the Pine Barrens wilderness.
May 9, 2018, Nathan Boon
How can traditional environmental conservation work be part of a collaborative effort to ensure clean water? Nathan Boon, Program Officer, Watershed Protection, at the William Penn...
Spring cherry blossom tree
April 18, 2018, Scott Fitzmorris and Ellen Dorsey
With our democracy and climate in crisis, what if all of philanthropy channeled more of its investment gains into deeper support for...
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Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
Amy Panek serves as Senior Program Officer for the Park Foundation’s Environment Program, with its grant-making focused on ensuring drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public good.  The Foundation supports organizations working...
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, prepares E-newsletters, assists with meeting program development, schedules conference calls and meetings, provides research support, and performs...
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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
HEFN Executive Director
Kathy Sessions is HEFN's Executive Director. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health and justice philanthropy ever since.  She oversees HEFN’s programs and services, working closely with staff, funder leaders, and members.
Steering Committee Member
Carolyn Fine Friedman is Chair of the Fine Fund. The Fund, created in 1997, supports organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. The Fund gives to organizations that conduct scientific research to detect and publicize the unintended harms...
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...
Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is director of The Heinz Endowments' Environment & Health Program, which is part of the foundation's Sustainability team and focuses on Clean Economy and Environmental & Public Health goals.

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