Sep 28 2016

When men and mountains meet - A prevention story


EHF program officer Jennifer Herrera shows the power of prevention that only happens when communities come together to find collaborative solutions.

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May 18 2016

EHF on the road - making community connections

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EHF volunteers recently walked neighborhoods in Houston's 5th Ward. See why they came away from the experience not only with a clearer picture of what it means to reach out and be in community, but what it means to create important connections with communities.

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Oct 21 2015

Tackling complexity through Emergent Learning

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In order to fulfill EHF’s bold vision, we must find new ways to adapt to complex social challenges. Because change is constant, we can't over-rely on some of the traditional ways for planning and measuring progress. Enter EHF’s interest in Emergent Learning.

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Sep 29 2015

Making decisions using a "health" lens

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Lexi Nolen explains the reasoning behind EHF's new Health Impact Assessment partnership. See how two new projects will look at how city planning decisions affect community health.

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Aug 3 2015

Taking Stock

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We’re six months into executing on our first strategic operating plan, 18 months into my tenure, a little over two years into our actual existence, and I’m taking stock.


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Jul 9 2015

The Road to Impact: Evaluation

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EHF knows our work toward systems change must involve the transformation of philanthropy itself and how funders partner with communities. That's why we're beginning the challenging – and rewarding – work of establishing evaluation methods and how they'll help us measure the true impact of our work.

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Apr 22 2015

Simply Sane -- The Potential of Strategic Learning

Cloud 1(1).pngIf the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then strategic learning is simply sane.  Like you, we care about getting better at what we do. Right now, EHF is laying the groundwork for continuous improvement processes.

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Apr 8 2015

Why Strategic Philanthropy Makes a Difference

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EHF embraces an emerging thread of philanthropy that utilizes strategic planning, evaluation, and learning systems. We want to be accountable for the resources we steward, and we believe communities deserve that kind of accountability. But how does strategic philanthropy differ from non-strategic philanthropy?

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Mar 11 2015

Connected Communities: Building Trust Across Difference

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On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle highlighted that approximately one million people, or 1 in 4 Houstonians, is foreign born. The diversity of perspectives in the region, not tied just to ethnicity, demand that local communities work across differences in order to build trust.  At the same time, conflicting viewpoints present the possibility of better community solutions.

The second goal in EHF’s Strategic Plan is Building Connected Communities. What do we mean by Connected Communities?

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Feb 26 2015

Impact: Three Ideas for Driving Transformational Change Through Joint Learning

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OK, folks. We are looking for conversation partners…. Won’t you take a minute to share your ideas and thoughts with us after you read this? This week’s topic…

Impact: Three ideas for driving transformational change through joint learning

People sometimes comment that I have an intriguing (if not downright “cool”) title: VP for Impact. Usually it opens up a conversation about EHF’s vision, how we understand our responsibilities as a philanthropy, and how we can engage continual learning to have better impact in moving towards that vision over time.

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