Funders & Center Advisors


Support for the Center has been generously provided by the following government agencies, as well as by private foundations and donors. Their aid has sustained the Center’s important and critical research; furthermore, the results of our work has yielded long-term contributions to the field of children’s health that future generations will greatly benefit. We at the Center remain deeply grateful.

Government Funding Agencies

  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Irving General Clinical Research Center

Foundations and Individual Donors

  • The John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Fine Family Fund
  • Forsythia Foundation
  • Johnson Family Foundation
  • JPB Foundation
  • The John Merck Fund
  • Millstream Fund
  • New York Community Trust
  • The Passport Foundation
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • The Schmidt Family Foundation / 11th Hour Project
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Frank and Eve Barron
  • Ms. Frances Beinecke
  • Ms. Christine Beshar
  • Ms. Nancy Folger
  • Ms. Wendy R. Gordon
  • Ms. Virginia Joffe
  • Ms. Elizabeth McCormack
  • Ms. Rae Schwarz

Center Advisors

The Center benefits from three advisory boards to fulfill its mission. Each board is focused on 3 different aspects of the Center: scientific research, community outreach, and communication/fundraising.

Scientific Advisory Board

The role of the Scientific Advisory Board is to assist in evaluating the scientific progress of the Center, the relative success of each of the functional units of the Center, and the ability of the program to enhance the function of its individual components. This board meets on an annual and on an as-needed basis.

Scientific Advisory Board Members
Marian Feinberg
John M. Greally
Daniel Kass
Meyer Kattan
Bruce S. McEwen
Jerilynn Radcliffe

Community Advisory & Stakeholder Board

The Community Advisory and Stakeholder Board (CASB) is co-facilitated by the Center and the Center’s lead community partner, WE ACT for Environmental Justice.  The CASB is comprised of active non-profit groups in Northern Manhattan, the South Bronx, and New York City. Our bi-directional community-academic partnership is developed through regular board meetings and communications about community outreach and translation initiatives such as the organization of community briefings and development of educational materials.

Community Advisory & Stakeholder Board
WE ACT for Environmental Justice (Lead Partner)
Autism Speaks
Bronx Borough President’s Office
Community Health Worker Network of NYC
Dominican Medical Association, New York, Inc.
Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative
Isabella Geriatric Center
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership
Nos Quedamos
Urban Health Plan, Inc.

Community Partners
Columbia University Head Start
Harlem Health Promotion Center
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

The Friends of CCCEH

The Members of the Friends of CCCEH represent affiliated interests in scientific, environmental, and health advocacy. These individuals will provide substantive guidance and support to the Center for Children’s Environmental Health in a number of ways:

  • Highlighting the importance of continuing epidemiologic environmental research in identifying and preventing respiratory disease, neurological impairment, and developmental delays in children.
  • Reinforcing the work of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and its impact on the lives of children and families.
  • Establishing a program of support for the work of the Center.
  • Inspiring additional members to join the efforts of the Friends of CCCEH.

The Friends of CCCEH will meet at least once a year. In addition, each member will be asked to either volunteer personally or arrange through their contacts one or more of the following:

  • Providing strategic, political, and communications advice. This advice may include helping the Center reach community groups, the public at large, public interest groups, and policymakers with research results that can inform both individual behaviors and legislative action to improve environmental health in families’ homes and the larger community.
  • Assisting to organize events that will bring the Center’s research and critical health data to communities throughout New York City, and increasing awareness of environmental health risks to new audiences.
  • Advocating for the Center by making introductions to new friends, as well as new sources of funding.
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