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A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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.
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...
Dolores Huerta (front row, 3rd from right) and community activists from the San Joaquin Valley.
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...
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...
South Fork of Snake River, Idaho. Source: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (cover photo)
Juliet Christian-Smith, senior program officer at the Water Foundation, shares her thoughts and previews an introductory guide for funders on how philanthropy can help support sustainable and equitable drinking water solutions.
Image courtesy of the Justice Funders
Dana Kawaoka-Chen, executive director of the Justice Funders, encourages founders to adopt regenerative practices that realize a new vision of philanthropy that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities.
Field Partner Darryl Molina Sarmiento, Communities for a Better Environment
What more – or different – actions can funders and a funder group take to build multiracial majorities strong enough to protect environmental health and justice? HEFN dove into this question through both learning and culture change at its 2018 Annual Meeting...
Colorful welcome on brick wall
Shorey Myers, Executive Director of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and HEFN Steering Committee member, extends a personal invitation to funders to attend this year's HEFN Annual Meeting from Nov. 28-30 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to strategize, network and be...
Spring cherry blossom tree
With our democracy and climate in crisis, what if all of philanthropy channeled more of its investment gains into deeper support for grant making? Scott Fitzmorris, board chair of the Wallace Global Fund, and Ellen Dorsey, executive director, explain why the...
Willow tree over water
What does the future look like? Michael Lerner, President of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and the Barbara Smith Fund, and HEFN co-founder, reflects upon seeking the path to courage in the face of prospects for global and regional collapse and resilience in...

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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...

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