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HEFN helps funders invest in places where environmental, health, and community concerns intersect. This brings diverse funders together to learn, collaborate, and make a bigger difference. While each funder finds a unique focus, many are focused on:

Grantmaking is helping communities assess and improve local environmental conditions for health.

Funders are supporting a shift from toxic to safer chemicals and materials.

Grantmakers are addressing environmental, health, and community concerns related to energy.

Philanthropy is improving understanding about how the environment affects health.

Explore these issue areas to learn about issues, find good "first-reads” to dive deeper, and see what other funders are doing. The Resource Library and Funder Stories offer more ways to learn and explore.

HEFN helps funders find their place and connect with others who care about environmental health and justice. Get in touch with us to share your questions and interests.

Funder Story

When several funders noticed chemical hazards affecting people and wildlife, with little public awareness, regulation, or philanthropic investment, they took action. They formed a HEFN "Catalysts Collaborative" that has worked for nearly a...

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...

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, Policy Innovations to Secure Drinking Water for All to help advance a deeper national dialogue

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