Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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April 18, 2018 by 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 grant making? Scott Fitzmorris, board chair of the Wallace Global Fund, and Ellen Dorsey, executive director, explain why the Wallace Global Fund is nearly doubling its grant budget this year to tackle the extraordinary challenges facing our country.
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March 21, 2018 by The John Merck Fund Trustees
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 effort for a safer, healthier world for all.
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March 19, 2018 by Michael Lerner
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 the near future.
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March 1, 2018 by Jeff Wise
Climate change is impacting many natural and human systems that are critical for supporting human health such as agriculture, infrastructure, and the economy. Nearly eighty funders from different fields convened in Detroit, Michigan, to explore these interconnections among climate change, health, and social equity interests at the “Charting a Climate, Health, and Equity Agenda” meeting in November.
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February 16, 2018 by Wade Crowfoot, Chief Executive Officer, The Water Foundation
In practice, the quality of drinking water varies greatly depending on where the water comes from and what system delivers it. In essence, where a person lives in the U.S. can define whether the water that he or she receives is clean and safe. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from a lack of clean and safe drinking water. Read how foundations can and should lead the way to tackle this public health crisis.
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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. 

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