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2020 HEFN Annual Convening Opening Plenary

Monday, October 19, 2020 -
1:30pm to 4:30pm EDT
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It’s The Air We Breathe: Philanthropy’s Role In Dismantling Systems Of Injustice

...With A Two-Year Focus On The South

  • Plenary Convening: October 19, 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT
  • Meeting Sessions:  From late October until Thanksgiving

This moment has put front and center the deep inequality and fragility of our social structures. As the nation confronts its systemic racism, recovers from a pandemic, and faces a fateful election, come with the Health & Environmental Funders Network on a two-year exploration of philanthropy’s role and responsibility in rebuilding a society where all communities are free and safe—where everyone can breathe. HEFN’s next two annual convenings will address reform, resilience, recovery, and reinvention with a special focus on the South. HEFN’s 2021 annual meeting will convene in New Orleans.

Our 2020 fall annual convening kicks off with a Virtual Opening Plenary on October 19. What follows is a rich menu of virtual talks, discussions, skill building sessions, and networking events to appeal to funders working in every environmental health and justice issue area. In order to maximize discussion time in live online conversations, most presentations will be online for funders to view at their convenience in advance of the discussion.

A Two-Year Focus on the South

We’ll be focusing some of our attention on and eventually convening in the South. It’s an area on the front lines of racial inequities, covid, climate change, and toxics. But it’s been woefully underserved by philanthropy. And it’s on the verge of demographic, political, and cultural changes with truly national implications. As philanthropy looks for ways to reform our institutions, it has much to learn from communities and activists in the South who have faced profound challenges and have met those challenges with strong, resilient organizing. We’ll also be laying the groundwork for HEFN’s first in-person convening in the South in 2021 when we travel to New Orleans.

Registration Coming Soon – Please Pay What You Can

This event is open to foundations, donors and philanthropic advisors interested in mobilizing philanthropy for environmental health and justice solutions.Given the virtual format and the unprecedented pressures funders and organizations are facing this year, the meeting’s registration fee will be "Pay What You Can." We hope those funders who are able will generously support HEFN’s efforts to produce this year’s program.

Thank You to Our 2020 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Ogonnaya Dotson Newman, The JPB Foundation | Frida Hatami, Roy & Patricia Disney Foundation | Leslie Hatfield, GRACE Communications | Ninya Loeppky, John Merck Fund | Jake Mogan, 11th Hour Project | Tamieka Mosley, Grantmakers for Southern Progress | Roger Perez, Roy & Patricia Disney Foundation | Andrea Perry, Broad Reach Fund | Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Kresge Foundation |  Juliet Christian-Smith, Water Foundation | Anuja Mendiratta, Philanthropic + Nonprofit Consulting

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