REGISTRATION OPEN for HEFN 2023 Annual Meeting

Join us in New Orleans from Wednesday, May 17th to Friday May 19th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for two days of inspirational speakers, field visits, engaging programming, and opportunities to connect with your peers in environmental health and justice philanthropy.

The Federal Whiplash on Climate Is a Wake-up Call for Better Grant Making

Dear friends, I’ve penned this op-ed for the Chronicle of Philanthropy encouraging funders to increase their investment in environmental health and justice movement leaders and proven solutions that don’t sacrifice the well-being of frontline communities, and how grantmakers can be more effective in their climate philanthropy.

Participatory Grantmaking

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HEFN 2021 Annual Convening

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Join a month-long conversation zeroing in on new funding models, examining old and new grantmaking approaches, and exploring both the challenges and opportunities environmental health and justice philanthropy has to make truly meaningful and systemic change.


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April 1, 2021, Ogonnaya Dotson Newman
I met Jalonne White-Newsome over a decade ago when I was an Environmental Health Associate at WE ACT for...
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March 3, 2021, Cynthia Renfro
We are in a new moment in philanthropy, you, me, here today in 2021. If you had asked me even five years ago if I would use polite,...
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Who We Are

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Leslie Hatfield
Steering Committee Member
Leslie is the senior partnership and outreach advisor at GRACE Communications Foundation, where she advises internally and collaborates with like-minded funders and non-government organizations on strategies, movement building, grantmaking and meeting planning.
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Trevor is the Program Officer at the NorthLight Foundation, which focuses on strengthening and broadening the environmental movement, particularly by supporting grassroots frontline organizations, Just Transition efforts, cross-movement collaboration, training for emerging leaders, and various...
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Melanie works for the CS Mott Foundation on grantmaking related to freshwater issues in the Great Lakes basin. She joined Mott after the Foundation expanded its grantmaking to help ensure that all people in the region have access to safe, affordable drinking water. As a child, Moore dreamed of...
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Roger is a Program Officer with the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation and focuses on Affordable Housing Preservation, Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Justice. Roger is responsible for helping guide the Foundation’s programmatic strategy, portfolio theory, and emerging Impact...
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The Founder of Philanthropic + Nonprofit Consulting, Anuja works with foundations, donors, affinity groups and nonprofits on a range of critical environmental, gender, racial, social justice, and cross-movement intersectional issues.
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Ogonnaya Dotson Newman is a senior program officer in the Environment program at The JPB Foundation. JPB’s mission is to advance opportunity in the US through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical...
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Ryan Strode is the Senior Program Officer for Climate Equity at the Builders Initiative. Ryan has spent more than a decade in environmental philanthropy, most recently as the Program Director for Philanthropy at the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM), a faith-based foundation in Missouri.

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