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Dear HEFN Community,  Don’t get distracted! Keep your eyes on the prize. Here’s how:
Michele's interview provides a glimpse into the world of philanthropy through her experiences and insights over 34 years at the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles. Her retirement from a senior role signifies a new chapter in her journey to create lasting...
This past May, at the HEFN Annual Meeting in New Orleans, 100 funders and movement partners gathered to learn from each other, strategize, and build relationships. Over the course of those two days, we heard loud and clear the incredible toll that...
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As 2020 winds down, HEFN wishes a fond farewell to Steering Committee leaders whose terms end this year, and extends deepest gratitude for the myriad contributions they’ve made to the HEFN community.
As the unprecedented challenges of the past year overflow into 2021, HEFN is deeply grateful for the unwavering support of the environmental health and justice community that supported its work in 2020.
This past summer of violent pain, liberation struggle, and racial reckoning offers us complete opening to move more fully together through mud where our field has been stuck. A solid core of HEFN members are gathering to ensure healing and action space on...
At a time when health philanthropy and all it supports are so pandemic-stressed, it may seem counterintuitive to focus on racial justice and climate action. But we and many colleagues believe that, in order to strengthen responses to the pressing crises we...
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Michael Lerner, co-founder and chair emeritus of HEFN, and president of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and Commonweal, shares how we can move beyond fear with the emergence of the coronavirus, and toward hope for the survival of love, wisdom, and compassion...
On her first day as HEFN's new executive director, Ansje Miller, offers her thoughts on transitions, journeys, the Beatles, and HEFN's 2019 Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration in Fresno, California.
If health advocates want to make serious headway in protecting children from the lifelong effects of lead poisoning, they must get both public- and private-sector buy-in and develop solutions that work for all, including landlords. Leaders in Cleveland, Ohio...

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As the Director of Programs at the Health and Environmental Funders Network, Kalila leads the design, execution, and evaluation of HEFN’s programs, and support HEFN’s outreach and communications with members and in the broader philanthropic sector.


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