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.



WHO WE SUPPORT


WHERE WE WORK

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 $70 million through microlending partners worldwide, funding 2.8 million microloans and 15 million opportunities for microentrepreneurs and their family members.


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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)



John Mackey

John Mackey

Founder, Whole Planet Foundation

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket.

Mackey founded Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty in developing nations where the company sources products. He has also been the visionary for many successful programs at the core of Whole Foods Market, such as the Local Producer Loan Program to help local farmers and food producers expand their businesses; the Global Animal Partnership to set standards for farm animal treatment; and the company’s Health Starts Here initiative.


Our Board of Directors (UK)


Philip Sansone
(Chairman of the Board)


Albert Percival
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
Albert Percival

Lee Valkenaar
Tricia Yost
Daniel Zoltani

Advisory Committee


Bobby Covington
Benjamin B. Orphan Eksouzian
Danna Fleishman
Denyse Forbes
Emily Krapausky

Roberta Lang
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.


MORE FROM THE FIELD