Environmental & Social Justice

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
HEFN 2013 Annual Meeting
Funders interested in health and the environment met recently for HEFN's 2013 Annual Meeting on the "Power of People." This blog post highlights a handful of themes and takeaways that emerged over the two-day meeting.
I’ve often heard colleagues describe philanthropy as “more of an art than a science.” My first career was in the arts – modern dance – and when making a dance, two minutes of material can take two weeks to generate. Collaboration is key; the end product is a...
The California Endowment's Jennifer Chheang talks about their work to help communities along the I-710 Corridor in California have their vision for healthier conditions incorporated into a major freeway expansion project.
HEFN Director Kathy Sessions recaps environmental health and justice-related highlights from the Environmental Grantmakers Association's 2013 Fall Retreat in New Orleans.
San Joaquin valley map
From December 4-6, 2013, funders and affinity group leaders will convene in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California for a three-day learning tour. This blog post features a brief question and answer session with leaders from tour co-sponsors highlighting...
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.
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...
Marketplace headline
If changing demographics are pointing to deeper support for the environment among people of color and younger voters, then why does environmental philanthropy feel so embattled right now? HEFN Director Kathy Sessions explores the challenges and opportunities...
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.

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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...

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