Our Mission

Whole Planet Foundation® is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market® and dedicated to poverty alleviation. We aim to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit in places where Whole Foods Market sources products.



Our History

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    OCTOBER 2005

    Whole Foods Market® stores hold a nationwide 5% day to seed Whole Planet Foundation.

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    APRIL 2006

    First Whole Planet Foundation-funded loan disbursed.

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    AUGUST 2008

    First microloan disbursed in the United States.

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    JUNE 2010

    The foundation hires full-time field staff to expand microlending projects to new countries.

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    MARCH 2018

    To date, the foundation has disbursed $63 million through microlending partners worldwide, funding 2.6 million microloans and 13.5 million opportunities for microentrepreneurs and their family members.


Whole Planet Foundation Team

Most of our team is based in Austin, Texas, the birthplace of Whole Foods Market. Some of our programs team members live in Vietnam, Kenya, and the United Kingdom, traveling to visit our microfinance partners annually. Check out their discoveries and observations on our Dispatch from the Field.

Our Board of Directors (USA)

Our Board of Directors (UK)

Philip Sansone
(Chairman of the Board)

Brian Doe
Vera Hale
Joy Stoddard

Lee Valkenaar
Tricia Yost
Daniel Zoltani

Our Board of Directors (CAN)

Philip Sansone
(Chairman of the Board)

Cristina DosSantos
Joy Stoddard

Tricia Yost
Daniel Zoltani

Advisory Committee

Amanda Musilli
Benjamin B. Orphan Eksouzian
Danna Fleishman
Denyse Forbes
Emily Krapausky

Jaimee Rondeau
Kar Davis
Magatte Wade
Marci Frumkin
Vidar Jorgensen

Dispatch from the Field

Real-time photos and tales from the Whole Planet Foundation team living and traveling all over the world.