Toxics

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
What can funders do to fight the “silent pandemic” of negative health impacts from chemicals that contaminate our air, food, and water? Jeff Wise, HEFN’s director of strategic programs, outlines the scope of the issue, and ways funders can help drive the...
Chemistry
HEFN steering committee member, Carolyn Fine Friedman, shares how a personal interest in environmental health work was amplified through grantees of the Fine Fund who contributed to a multi-year effort that led to The Home Depot eliminating toxics from four...
America Pittsburgh Bridge
Fred Brown, President and CEO of The Forbes Funds, explains how connecting with the Cancer Free Economy Network has helped create, expand, and enhance local Pittsburgh initiatives to create a Global City that serves the health and well-being of its people.
People fill out project map together.
The Cancer Free Economy Network (CFEN) is connecting an extended community of people to collaborate on phasing out toxic chemicals in industrial and consumer products through changing the story, advancing the science, shifting the market and building power to...
This natural spring emerges from a white cedar bog in the heart of the Pine Barrens wilderness.
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 Foundation, tells how grantmaking has helped bring environmental organizations...
This post is a tribute letter from the Trustees of the John Merck Fund, expressing their gratitude to Andy Igrejas, National Campaign Director of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, for his “superb skills and devotion to mission” over years of...
Ruth Hennig
HEFN and this funder community are deeply grateful for Ruth Hennig’s many contributions to the environmental health movement. Here are Ruth’s reflections and advice as she prepares to move on after almost 30 years with the John Merck Foundation and step down...
President Obama signs the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act last year.
The story of last year’s passage of the first major piece of new environmental legislation in 20 years, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, is much like the story of almost any new legislation. Among advocates, we saw courageous...
Senators Udall and Vitter
On June 7, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, potentially the most important new, non-energy-related environmental law in a generation. Whether this reform of the forty-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA...
Phyllis Omido, 2015 Goldman Prize Winner
This blog highlights recent awards recognizing innovative environmental health and justice contributions and champions.

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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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