Civic Engagement

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
HEFN's blog, Giving InSight, turns one this month! In this blog post, HEFN staffers take a look back on some notable posts and on our goals for blogging.
The meeting theme for HEFN's 2013 Annual Meeting will dive deep into demography to explore how the rising American electorate could strengthen the environmental health and justice movement. This blog post offers a preview of the topics, issues, and strategies...
Pacoima Beautiful Summer Institute 2013 students
The Liberty Hill Foundation is helping introduce a next generation of environmental health and justice advocates through its Clean Up Green Up campaign. Read more in this blog post.
Our brains are hardwired for stories. Read about why HEFN is using more stories, and see a few recent stories about HEFN members in this blog post.
HEFN Steering Committee Member Carolyn Fine Friedman muses on overcoming the undue influence of money in politics to advance better environmental health protections and shares her motivation for joining a donor collaborative to that end.
Sarah Christensen and Roger Kim FCCP 2013
How can environmental health and justice values and voices have more impact in the democratic process? Read HEFN's four takeaways from the Funders Committee on Civic Participation spring convening in this blog post.
Lower 48 states shale plays
Still not sure what the big deal is about fracking? HEFN Program Manager Ramtin Arablouei has 7 reasons why your foundation should be paying attention to this controversial method for extracting natural gas.

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Christine James came to the John Merck Fund in 2008, after 20+ years working for small, community-based human service and environmental nonprofit organizations in Maine and Massachusetts.

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