Save The Date! May 17-20, 2023
Please join us in New Orleans, May 17-20th for HEFN's 2023 Annual Meeting! More details coming in early-2023.

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,...
about environmental health and justice issues in communities

Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
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.
Steering Committee Member
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...
Steering Committee Member
Jake is the Energy Program Manager at The 11th Hour Project, where he works to reduce the public health and ecological impacts of antiquated energy systems in the US. He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College.
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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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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