Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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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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January 26, 2018 by Cindy Glass
It was a year of change, as HEFN helped funders respond to new challenges while steadily progressing in work to mobilize philanthropy for environmental health and justice solutions. With appreciation to all of our members, partners, and colleagues, here’s a snapshot of HEFN’s work in 2017.
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January 16, 2018 by Kathy Sessions
As the HEFN staff revs up for 2018, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with this phenomenal grantmaking community, at a time when mobilizing resources for health, the environment, and equity matters more than ever. Recognizing the talents, wisdom, and energy of HEFN’s members is a reminder of our collective strength and potential. So here’s a hearty THANK YOU to everyone who has stepped up and pitched in to provide critical leadership through HEFN's Steering Committee for this network.
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Kat Gilje is Executive Director of Ceres Trust. Ceres Trust, whose name honors the ancient goddess of agriculture, provides grants that support healthy and resilient farms, forests and communities; and the ecosystems upon which we all depend. Ceres Trust...

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