The Jenifer Altman Foundation

The Jenifer Altman Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the vision of a socially just and ecologically sustainable future through program interests in environmental health and mind-body health. Jenifer Altman was an environmentalist, an advocate for cancer patients, a photographer, and in her last years, a resident of the small coastal town of Bolinas, California. Jenifer came to Bolinas to participate in the Commonweal Cancer Help Program after her diagnosis with cancer. Before her death, she established the Jenifer Altman Foundation to support Commonweal and other projects focused on health and the environment.

“JAF found CTK when they were in need of a very quick build-up of a grants management system that would be able to accommodate our work in Europe and the US. Keri (our support specialist), was incredibly helpful as we hand-tailored the application platform to our European grantee's needs, crafted the back-end so that our busy decision-makers could access the necessary documents as quickly and easily as possible, and got everything online within a very short time-frame.

The platform has allowed me to work with my European counterpart (I'm based on the west coast, so there's quite a large time difference) very easily, as we can both access the same application set without having to wait to email current drafts back and forth.”

-Shorey Myers, Jenifer Altman Foundation

In addition to their own grants program, the Jenifer Altman Foundation (JAF) staff manage the Barbara Smith Fund and the Program of the Upstream Fund, and provide advisory services to the Marisla Foundation’s Environmental Health and Justice work in the Global South.

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