Learn & Explore

HEFN helps funders invest in places where environmental, health, and community concerns intersect. This brings diverse funders together to learn, collaborate, and make a bigger difference. While each funder finds a unique focus, many are focused on:

Grantmaking is helping communities assess and improve local environmental conditions for health.

Funders are supporting a shift from toxic to safer chemicals and materials.

Grantmakers are addressing environmental, health, and community concerns related to energy.

Philanthropy is improving understanding about how the environment affects health.

Explore these issue areas to learn about issues, find good "first-reads” to dive deeper, and see what other funders are doing. The Resource Library and Funder Stories offer more ways to learn and explore.

HEFN helps funders find their place and connect with others who care about environmental health and justice. Get in touch with us to share your questions and interests.

Funder Story

When several funders noticed chemical hazards affecting people and wildlife, with little public awareness, regulation, or philanthropic investment, they took action. They formed a HEFN "Catalysts Collaborative" that has worked for nearly a...

From Our Blog

Image courtesy of the Justice Funders
Blog posted on March 7, 2019
Dana Kawaoka-Chen, executive director of the Justice Funders, encourages founders to adopt...

Featured Resource

November, 2012
The Director of the Nat'l Institute of Environmental Health Services and the Nat'l Toxicology Program discusses environmental health, toxic chemistry, and the politics of chemical regulation.

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