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2019 HEFN Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary

NCG members can register at a discounted rate using the code "member" at registration. 

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.


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.

Event Details

Dates: November 19-20, 2019
Location: Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center 
1055 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721
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