Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
October 14, 2019 by Ansje Miller
On her first day as HEFN's new executive director, Ansje Miller, offers her thoughts on transitions, journeys, the Beatles, and HEFN's 2019 Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration in Fresno, California.
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October 10, 2019 by Daniel Cohn and Cara Matteliano
If health advocates want to make serious headway in protecting children from the lifelong effects of lead poisoning, they must get both public- and private-sector buy-in and develop solutions that work for all, including landlords. Leaders in Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York, have built strong public–private partnerships to deploy new tools to help landlords make their properties safe. Various foundations—both place-based and national—are funding efforts to prevent lead poisoning.
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Dolores Huerta (front row, 3rd from right) and community activists from the San Joaquin Valley.
September 4, 2019 by Ellen Braff-Guajardo
HEFN's 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Fresno in the thick of California’s San Joaquin Valley, which holds a number of valuable lessons for the rest of the country, as the United States grapples with the challenges of a changing physical, social and political environment.
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Kathy Sessions
In 1999, Michael Lerner at the Jenifer Altman Foundation and his colleagues were concerned that the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems all were being harmed by toxic pollution, but they saw philanthropy divided by human health and environmental interests. They hired me as a part-time consultant to help them launch a new funder network, to build bridges across environmental and health philanthropy and to expand philanthropy's investment in environmental health. There's only one way for me to wrap up the experiences of the past two decades: with gratitude.
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Children Playing
June 13, 2019 by Daniel Cohn and Rebecca Morley
A new Lead Funders Action Network brings together national, regional, state, and local foundations who are working collaboratively and strategically to address gaps in the field of childhood lead poisoning and make philanthropic investments more synergistic to advance the prevention of the disease. Photo by Mi Pham for Unsplash
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Cindy Glass joined the HEFN team in June 2017 as the Program Associate responsible for program development, annual meeting planning, and communications including social media. Cindy has worked on population health, health disparities, and community benefits...

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