Health & Environmental Funders Network 2019 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 8:00am UTC
Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center
1055 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721
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2019 HEFN Annual Meeting  and 20th Anniversary

Funders, donors and philanthropic advisors are invited to attend the 2019 HEFN Annual Meeting on Nov. 19 and 20, at the Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Centerin Fresno, California.  See the preliminary agenda .

HEFN marks its 20th anniversary as the nation is on the verge of the 2020s, with demographics shifting, an upcoming election, the climate changing, and majorities mobilizing. It’s a pivotal time to harvest the hard-won lessons of the past two decades and to build on new waves of local problem-solving. It’s time to chart what’s needed to transform communities and our philanthropy into powerhouses of environmental health and justice progress over the next decade.

Fresno, California, is a rural/urban region with serious environmental, health, and social stresses, but rich in resourceful organizing. The annual meeting will showcase dynamic community collaboration in the San Joaquin Valley and elsewhere, as well as policy innovations in a state that’s a national laboratory of change. The program will explore transformations in philanthropic practices that can fuel transformative action, across concerns with climate, energy, water, air, toxics, food, farming, transportation, housing, land use, immigration, rural/urban organizing, and civic engagement.

HEFN members are invited to bring a field partner as their guest, an opportunity that will enrich learning, build relationships, and expand collaboration opportunities for all annual meeting attendees. Click here to read more about the field partner program. 

We’ll share what we’ve learned in the last two decades and strategize for the next one, drawing together a diversity of funder and field partner perspectives. HEFN invites funders to celebrate much good that has come—and more good to be done—through collaboration for health, the environment, and justice.

Did you  know? While in town for the HEFN Annual Meeting, consider planning your trip to take advantage of Fresno's close proximity to three major National Parks: Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon.

Additional Information

Site Visit #1: Local and Statewide Organizing to Achieve a Healthier San Joaquin Valley 
The backbone of the region’s economy and its biggest local industries, conventional agribusiness and oil and gas extraction, are responsible for serious environmental health problems throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Explore how regional coalition-building around air toxics is uniting diverse interests and organizations in addressing environmental injustice both in the Valley and in state policy advocacy.

Site Visit #2: Investing in Climate Justice to Achieve Community Resilience
Low-income communities should be in the first lines of investment for climate resilience, not just on the front lines of harm. Learn from efforts to protect access to safe drinking water and build resilience in the face of climate change.

Please note: HEFN's annual meeting is open to its members, as well as to other funders, donors, and philanthropic advisers interested in environmental health and justice philanthropy, subject to HEFN approval.


Current SCG, NCG, SDG Members, and Non-members can receive the discount by selecting "Funder nonmember" on the registration page and upon checkout, entering the code "member". Early bird rate ends September 13th.

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

About this Location
This location is ADA compliant, has dedicated nursing rooms, and gender-neutral restrooms available.

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