Field Partners Invited to 2019 HEFN Annual Meeting


HEFN members are invited to bring one field partner as their guest to this year’s annual meeting, "The Transformative 2020s: Two Decades of Groundwork for a New Decade of Change," continuing the successful 2018 pilot program.

We request that the Environmental Health and Justice Field Partner that your organization invites will:

  • Represent a group that your organization is financially supporting; and
  • Represent communities of color, low-income communities, women, indigenous or young people, or other groups highly impacted by environmental health and justice problems.

This opportunity is one of many actions flowing from HEFN’s 10-year strategic plan to mobilize philanthropy to accelerate solutions for environmental health and justice. Bringing more field partners into the annual meeting reflects the strategic plan’s focus on:

  • Ensuring those impacted have a meaningful voice in decision making;
  • Helping funders understand major environmental health and justice problems;
  • Increasing grants to grassroots organizing and efforts led by people of color, low-income people, and young people; and
  • Supporting a more powerful leadership base for environmental health and justice.

It also is an opportunity to strengthen the racial diversity of environmental health and justice philanthropy’s convenings, while we work towards strengthening the racial diversity of HEFN’s membership.

Logistics—What does this mean for you as a member?

This opportunity is limited to current HEFN members.

Each member organization is allowed to bring ONE (1) person as their Field Partner to the 2019 HEFN Annual Meeting. Your Field Partner will be identified at the meeting as connected with your organization. It is your responsibility to cover the costs associated with your partner’s participation at the meeting (including their registration fee, travel, and lodging), as well as to work with your partner to determine the logistics of handling these costs.

Field Partners may be registered at the HEFN member rate, with a 10 percent discount for two annual meeting registrations. A 15 percent discount applies for three or more registrations.

The Field Partners do not need to participate in the same site visits or any breakout sessions as their funder partners. Certain events at the annual meeting may be marked on the agenda as funder only and not open to participation by Field Partners.

HEFN’s iron-clad no-pitch rules will be in place at the annual meeting as always.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring valuable voices into our community. We encourage you to carefully consider those you work with in the hope of identifying an Environmental Health and Justice Field Partner whose participation in this year’s annual meeting would both be of benefit to their own leadership and bring benefit to the HEFN community.

Please email with questions. Register today!

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