Op-Ed on East Palestine Disaster/Rail Safety by Ansje Miller

East Palestine OH Derailment Smoke Plume Feb 2023
To prevent future toxic chemical disasters, funders must invest in the infrastructure of community power & citizen science over rail lines & pipelines, says HEFN’s Ansje Miller in Chronicle of Philanthropy. Read the full Op-ed on Chronicle of Philanthropy's website.

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.

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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.


July 13, 2023, Ansje Miller
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Cynthis is the Senior Program Consultant, Climate & Environment Program. Pronouns: she, her, hers. Cynthia is the principal and CEO at Civis Consulting LLC, a consulting firm launched in 2012 to support philanthropic institutions and community-based organizations in developing and implementing...
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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Ann Blake combines thirty years of experience finding safer chemicals and materials in over a dozen different global sectors of consumer product manufacturing with her passion for economic and environmental justice and systems approaches to the task of building resilient local and regional...
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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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