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Environmental Grantmakers Association Executive Director Rachel Leon talks about the rising risk of extreme weather events and rising tides caused by climate change in this commentary for Earth Day 2013.
Sarah Christensen and Roger Kim FCCP 2013
How can environmental health and justice values and voices have more impact in the democratic process? Read HEFN's four takeaways from the Funders Committee on Civic Participation spring convening in this blog post.
President Jimmy Carter, Gibbs, and Congressman John Lafalce
Lois Gibbs – concerned mother turned environmental health organizer, advocate and philanthropic advisor – looks back at 35 years since Love Canal. And forward to greater philanthropic support for community organizing to protect health.
Sandy volunteers Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
April 29, 2013 marks six months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey shorelines. HEFN Communications Associate Lauren Linville outlines opportunities, challenges, and advice HEFN has heard from the field for philanthropy in this blog...
Ramtin and Kim Wasserman Goldman reception
This blog post applauds this year's Goldman Environmental Prize winners, the world's biggest award for grassroots environmental heros, including North America winner Kim Wasserman Nieto who shared her community organizing work for cleaner air, climate justice...
Caitlin Johnson, 2011-2013 Fellow at the George Gund Foundation, describes her experience working on fracking's impact on economic development and civic participation in Ohio.
Growing Up Health MN
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation President Carolyn Link shares stories from the foundation's Growing Up Healthy Initiative. Since 2006, the initiative has supported organizations focused on housing conditions, early childhood education and...
Affinity group staff at GIH 2013
HEFN Director Kathy Sessions shares highlights and insights from Grantmakers In Health's 2013 annual meeting, including a summary of HEFN's "Assess and Address: Protecting Health Where We Live, Work, and Play" session and shifting language toward a "health...
Could fusing strategy and justice for strategic philanthropy increase effectiveness? Niki Jagpal from the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy advocates for that approach in this Giving InSight blog post.
An interview with Grantmakers In Health's new President and CEO Faith Mitchell. Faith shares her plans for GIH, visions for health philanthropy, and opportunities for collaboration on health determinants and disparities.

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As Founder of the Healthy Building Network (2000-2022), he oversaw the development and launch of the Pharos Project, a non-profit database providing the most robust hazard, use, and exposure information on over 200,000 chemicals and building products. Today...


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