A Focus on Environmental Action and Climate Justice
November 16th, 2021 | 11:15am-1:15pm | The Pavilion at Boar’s Head Resort – or Online Virtual Celebration
We are closely monitoring changing health conditions resulting from fluctuations in the spread of COVID-19 variants and will take all precautions to ensure a safe and comfortable gathering for Philanthropy Day — be it in-person or virtually!
Please join CNE for our community’s annual celebration of giving – Philanthropy Day 2021!
In keeping with CNE’s guiding principle, We Build Community, Philanthropy Day is our opportunity to celebrate the contributions of all throughout our community – nonprofits, funders, government partners, businesses, and volunteers – whose combined engagement make our social sector strong.
Through this annual convening, CNE is eager to promote a deepened understanding about an issue that impacts our entire community – climate change – and the critical role that the social impact sector can play in addressing it.
We appreciate the generous support and commitment of all who invest in our social impact sector through Philanthropy Day. This enables CNE to continue our work building equitable, thriving, and just communities powered by healthy nonprofits.
Elected at age 27, Heather McTeer Toney knows what it means to be a public servant. She was the first African-American, first female and the youngest to serve as Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi from 2004-2012. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. Known for her energetic and genuine commitment to people, her work has made her a national figure in the area of public service, environmental justice and community engagement. She currently serves as the Climate Justice Liaison for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Senior Advisor to Moms Clean Air Force, two affiliated organizations that represent over 3 million climate and environment allies committed to fighting climate change and protecting children from the dangers of air pollution. Heather is a sought-after speaker and writer.
Heather has served in several roles throughout her career including as a National Spokeswomen for She Should Run!, a National Organization that encourages women to run for office. She is an expert on environmental and climate justice with SheSource, a publication of the Women’s Media Center and is often called up for advocacy and training diverse officials on equity in leadership, environment and climate. She has presented in over 15 countries including Kenya, France, Portugal, Nigeria and Senegal. She is a member of the board of directors for Vote Solar. Heather Toney has appeared on numerous news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Democracy Now!
Mrs. Toney earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta and her law degree from the Tulane University School of Law. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and an active member of Oxford University United Methodist Church.