This brief provides an explanation of key concepts and considerations funders will encounter when exploring philanthropic opportunities in a new topic area, and strategies and resources funders can leverage to achieve high impact.
It also presents an overview of key issues involved in addressing childhood exposure to harmful chemicals in the U.S., and several strategies for funder engagement. The brief reflects our synthesis of over 20 publications, studies, and websites, as well as several conversations with academics, funders, and nonprofits working in this space. To illustrate how funders can support the identified strategies, we included several organizations that were cited in our review of the literature and/or mentioned by those we consulted. We have not analyzed their impact and cost-effectiveness. As always, we hope this brief helps funders move from good intentions to high impact.