About

The Health & Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) works to mobilize philanthropy around solutions for environmental health and justice.   Learn about our priorities and strategies as we work to make healthier environments a reality for all.

HEFN is the "go-to" place for grantmakers interested in environmental health and justice issues, whether they're exploring the field or deeply engaged.  HEFN supports an active membership of foundations, donors and other philanthropic actors as they learn, invest, collaborate, and lead in addressing environmental health and justice problems.  HEFN expands philanthropic knowledge and engagement through programming and outreach, often in partnership with national or regional funder group partners.

HEFN does not make grants or recommend grants to funders. The network operates as a joint plan of work of Virginia Organizing.

Featured Resource

Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area, Bob Wick / Bureau of Land Management.
June, 2020
The Water Foundation, in partnership with the US Water Alliance, water leaders across the country, and support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation released the new report, 

Who We Are

Director of Strategic Programs
Jeff Wise joined HEFN as its Program Director in 2015, becoming Director of Strategic Programs in 2017 to lead the organization’s issue related work.  From toxics to fracking and from drinking water to climate change and health, Jeff directs HEFN’s events and...

From Our Blog

Picture of Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman
Blog posted on April 1, 2021
I met Jalonne White-Newsome over a decade ago when I was an Environmental Health Associate at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. From the...
Blog posted on November 17, 2020
This past summer of violent pain, liberation struggle, and racial reckoning offers us complete opening to move more fully together through...

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