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Health & Environmental Funders Network

Website:

www.hefn.org/

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Type:

Environmental Activist Network

Health and Environmental Funders Network is a left-of-center network that mobilizes philanthropic activities related to environmentalist concerns. [1]

Activity

From its founding in 1999 to 2009, Health and Environmental Funders Network worked on campaigns related to toxics and antibiotic resistance and issues related to race and gender. It also worked on responses to communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. From 2010 to 2015, the network disseminated information and action on various environmental issues. The network was also involved in the philanthropic response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the water contamination in Flint, Michigan, and the 2014 West Virginia chemical spill. In 2019, Lead Funders Action Network, a philanthropic investment campaign focused on lead remediation, came under HEFN’s umbrella. [2] [3]

Partnerships

Health and Environmental Funders Network has a group of various organizations that have made important contributions called the HEFN Member Foundations. They include the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, [4] a grant maker that funds organizations and communities in the subject areas of education, the environment, local issues related to Flint, Michigan and civil society. [5]

Another HEFN Member Foundation is the Liberty Hill Foundation, [6] founded in 1976 by Anne Wendel, Win McCormack, Sarah Pillsbury, and Larry Janss to promote left-of-center ”social change” in Los Angeles County, California. [7]

The Bauman Family Foundation, an HEFN Member Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to left-of-center causes over the past decade. [8] The foundation gave more than $11,000 to HEFN. [9]

People

Ansje Miller is the executive director of the Health and Environmental Funders Network. Before joining HEFN, Miller was the director of policy and partnerships for the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), where she directed the activities in the Eastern States Office and represented the CEH to various important figures. She also founded and directed the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, worked in leadership roles, and served as board chair for various organizations such as the Cancer Free Economy Network, BizNGO Working Group on Safer Chemicals & Sustainable Materials, Sierra Club National, and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. She has been involved in the Green Chemistry Initiative, California’s global warming law, and the 2016 update to the Toxic Substances Control Act. [10]

References

  1. “About.” Health & Environmental Funders Network. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.hefn.org/about. ^
  2. “History.” Health & Environmental Funders Network. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.hefn.org/about/history. ^
  3. “New ‘Lead Funders Action Network’ Aligns Philanthropic Efforts for Children’s Health.” New ‘Lead Funders Action Network’ Aligns Philanthropic Efforts for Children’s Health | Health & Environmental Funders Network. Accessed October 5, 2022. https://www.hefn.org/connect/blog/new_lead_funders_action_network_aligns_philanthropic_efforts_for_childrens_health. ^
  4. “HEFN Member Foundations.” Health & Environmental Funders Network. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.hefn.org/membership/hefn_member_foundations. ^
  5. “2017 Annual Report.” Mott Foundation. Accessed September 16, 2022. https://www.mott.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Mott-Foundation-2017-Annual-Report.pdf. ^
  6. “HEFN Member Foundations.” Health & Environmental Funders Network. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.hefn.org/membership/hefn_member_foundations. ^
  7.  “History.” Liberty Hill. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.libertyhill.org/who-we-are/about-us/history/. ^
  8. [1] McMorris, Bill. “Report: Husband of Democratic Donor Accused of Sexually Harassing Domestic Worker.” Washington Free Beacon. Last modified September 10, 2012. https://freebeacon.com/politics/house-boy-blues/. ^
  9. “Virginia Organizing.” Bauman Foundation. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.baumanfoundation.org/index.php/grantee/95?items_per_page=20&order=fiscal_year&sort=asc. ^
  10. “Ansje Miller.” Health & Environmental Funders Network. Accessed September 19, 2022. https://www.hefn.org/about/staff/ansje_miller. ^

Coalition Members

  1. 11th Hour Project (Non-profit)
  2. As You Sow (Non-profit)
  3. Bauman Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  4. Bullitt Foundation (Non-profit)
  5. California Endowment (Non-profit)
  6. California Wellness Foundation (Non-profit)
  7. Cedar Tree Foundation (Non-profit)
  8. Claneil Foundation (Non-profit)
  9. Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (CFGB) (Non-profit)
  10. CS Fund (Non-profit)
  11. Energy Foundation (Non-profit)
  12. Forsythia Foundation (Non-profit)
  13. Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (Non-profit)
  14. Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM) (Non-profit)
  15. Groundswell Fund (Non-profit)
  16. Heinz Endowments (Non-profit)
  17. Hull Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  18. Jenifer Altman Foundation (Non-profit)
  19. John Merck Fund (Non-profit)
  20. Joyce Foundation (Non-profit)
  21. JPB Foundation (Non-profit)
  22. Kresge Foundation (Non-profit)
  23. Laughing Gull Foundation (Non-profit)
  24. Liberty Hill Foundation (Non-profit)
  25. Marisla Foundation (Non-profit)
  26. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Non-profit)
  27. New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Non-profit)
  28. New World Foundation (NWF) (Non-profit)
  29. New York Community Trust (Community Funds) (Non-profit)
  30. Park Foundation (Non-profit)
  31. Passport Foundation (Non-profit)
  32. Pisces Foundation (Non-profit)
  33. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (Non-profit)
  34. Rockefeller Family Fund (Non-profit)
  35. Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation (Non-profit)
  36. Sierra Health Foundation (Non-profit)
  37. Singing Field Foundation (Non-profit)
  38. Solidago Foundation (Non-profit)
  39. Wallace Global Fund (Non-profit)
  40. William Penn Foundation (Non-profit)
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