Health Affairs Highlights Environmental Health Philanthropy

Health Affairs article
Find out why and where foundations have invested millions of dollars so that the public, policymakers, and professionals can more easily consider environmental health in decisions. A new peer-reviewed article summarizes the philanthropic case with many examples of this grantmaking.

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Philip Johnson is Director of the Environment & Health Program at The Heinz Endowments. He directs the foundation’s environmental stewardship grantmaking and research work focusing on air and water quality and environmental impacts on human health.
Steering Committee Member
Amy Panek serves as the Program Officer for the Park Foundation’s Environment Program, with its grant-making focused on ensuring drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public good.  The Foundation supports organizations working...
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Kathy Sessions is one of HEFN’s two Directors. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health philanthropy ever since.
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Patricia Jenny is Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust, New York City’s community foundation, overseeing a $40 million annual program supporting the City’s nonprofits across 20 different issue areas.
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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 detect and publicize the unintended harms...
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Shenyu Belsky is program director for the Southern China portion of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pivotal Place program, where her work focuses on environment and health, energy and climate, and community leadership.
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Andrea Levinson joined HEFN as its Program Assistant in July of 2011. She manages HEFN’s membership program, updates and maintains the HEFN website, prepares E-newsletters, assists with meeting program development, schedules conference calls and meetings, provides research support, and performs...
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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. While li
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Vanessa Daniel is Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund.  Vanessa has 18 years of experience working in social justice movements as a union and community organizer, researcher, freelance journalist, and social justice grantmaker.
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Karla Fortunato joined HEFN's staff in 2004.  As one of HEFN's two Directors, Karla's day-to-day activities include managing HEFN's finances, operations, member engagement and collaboration, and special projects.       
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Earl Lui is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), assigned to grantmaking related to environmental health and work and health. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest and grant proposals and making funding recommendations related to those health issues.
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David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.

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