Giving InSight

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
Campaign button, What's at Stake
August 2, 2017 by Gary Bass and Mark Rosenman
In these politically disruptive times, are philanthropies doing enough to defend the civility, inclusivity, transparency, and accountability that informs their nonprofit work? Gary D. Bass, executive director of Bauman Foundation (a HEFN member) and an affiliated professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and Mark Rosenman, professor emeritus at Union Institute & University, discuss what's at stake.
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President Obama signs the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act last year.
July 13, 2017 by Beto Bedolfe, Carolyn Fine Friedman, Shelley Hearne, Ruth Hennig, and Janet Maughan
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 risk taking, smart strategizing, and deep solidarity as well as strained relationships, crossed signals, and institutional infighting. Yes, the sausage making is always messy, and no one escapes the process without at least some gunk on their shoes.
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Smell Pittsburgh App
April 25, 2017 by Philip Johnson
Over the past several years, the Environment & Health Program at The Heinz Endowments has prioritized work to help the Pittsburgh region become truly livable. But it is hard to imagine how a city with dirty air, a notably toxic built environment, safe drinking water challenges, and other environmental health issues is most livable. In response, the Endowments has supported numerous efforts to develop low-cost technologies and data visualization platforms that reveal environmental conditions and can be used by the general public, educators, advocacy groups, and policymakers.
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March 31, 2017 by Matt James
Some would say that the climate change and health connection is having its “moment.” It could not have arrived too soon. Environmental funders have, to a large extent, provided the primary philanthropic support for fighting climate change. That may be changing, though—climate change is the existential threat of our time, and health philanthropists are starting to realize that climate change has the ability to overwhelm the substantial progress we have made in improving human health and extending longevity.
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March 31, 2017 by Kathy Sessions
Thank you and we’ll miss you, Karla! This month, the HEFN staff and members bid farewell to Karla Fortunato, who just left HEFN’s staff to become the next President of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. For the past thirteen years, Karla was an invaluable part of the HEFN staff team, providing leadership as the network grew in members and staff, expanded its issues of focus, and evolved towards a new strategic direction.
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Carolyn Fine Friedman is Chair of the Fine Fund. The Fund, created in 1997, supports organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. The Fund gives to organizations that conduct scientific research to...

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