About the Foundation

About Whole Planet Foundation®

Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products.  The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of December 2016, Whole Planet Foundation is alleviating poverty through microfinance partners in the United States and 68 other countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America. To date, the nonprofit has disbursed $63 million dollars through microlending partners worldwide, funding 1.9 million microloans and 10.5 million opportunities for a better life for microentrepreneurs and their family members.

Microcredit Whole Planet Foundation

Our Approach

Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market. We provide grants to microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East, who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor.

Founded in 2005

Whole Planet Foundation was borne out of Whole Foods Market’s desire to give something back to those who have helped us succeed, while focusing on the persistent problem of world poverty and hunger. The Foundation was formed with the entrepreneurial spirit of Whole Foods Market and is now in partnerships with microfinance organizations in 69 countries.


Board of Directors

AC Gallo

A.C. Gallo

President and Chief Operating Officer
Whole Foods Market
angela lorenzen

Angela Lorenzen

Regional President, Pacific Northwest
Whole Foods Market
Asim Shad

Asim Shad

Executive Coordinator of Finance
Whole Foods Market
bill jordan

Bill Jordan

Regional President, Rocky Mountain Region
Whole Foods Market
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Brooke Buchanan

Global Vice President of Communications & Government Affairs
Whole Foods Market
National Projects Photographer

Glenda Flanagan

Chief Financial Officer Emeritus
Whole Foods Market
Jeff Teter

Jeff Teter

President/General Manager
Allegro Coffee Company
Jeff Turnas

Jeff Turnas

President of 365 by Whole Foods Market™
Whole Foods Market
John Mackey

John Mackey

Co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market and Chairman of the Board for Whole Planet Foundation
Whole Foods Market
Karen Christensen

Karen Christensen

Global Vice President of Procurement-Perishables
Whole Foods Market
Lee Valkenaar

Lee Valkenaar

Co-Chairman of the Board
Whole Planet Foundation
michael bashaw

Michael Bashaw

Regional President, Midwest Region
Whole Foods Market
philip sansone

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director; and UK/CAN Chairman of the Board
Whole Planet Foundation
Northern California Regional President, Rob Twyman, WFLN

Rob Twyman

Regional President Northern California & Reno
Whole Foods Market
Roberta Lang

Roberta Lang

Retired General Counsel
Whole Foods Market

UK Board of Directors

Brian Doe

Brian Doe

Regional Director, Africa and the Middle East
Whole Planet Foundation
Joy Stoddard

Joy Stoddard

Executive Development and Outreach Director
Whole Planet Foundation
philip sansone

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director; and UK/CAN Chairman of the Board
Whole Planet Foundation
tricia yost

Tricia Yost

Global Executive Coordinator Tax Accounting and Reporting
Whole Foods Market
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Vera Hale

Store Team Leader, United Kingdom
Whole Foods Market

Canada Board of Directors

cristina

Cristina DosSantos

Store Team Leader, Toronto
Whole Foods Market
Joy Stoddard

Joy Stoddard

Executive Development and Outreach Director
Whole Planet Foundation
philip sansone

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director; and UK/CAN Chairman of the Board
Whole Planet Foundation
tricia yost

Tricia Yost

Global Executive Coordinator Tax Accounting and Reporting
Whole Foods Market

Whole Planet Foundation Team

Brian Doe

Brian Doe

Regional Director, Africa and the Middle East
Whole Planet Foundation
claire-new

Claire Kelly

Asia/Pacific Regional Director
Whole Planet Foundation
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Daniel Zoltani

Global Programs Director
Whole Planet Foundation
Genie Bolduc

Genie Bolduc

Team Member Volunteer Program Manager
Whole Planet Foundation
Jessica website

Jessica Villanueva

Administrator of Business and Finance
Whole Planet Foundation
Joy Stoddard

Joy Stoddard

Executive Development and Outreach Director
Whole Planet Foundation
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Olivia Hayden

Digital Fundraising Specialist
Whole Planet Foundation
philip sansone

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director; and UK/CAN Chairman of the Board
Whole Planet Foundation
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Roxana Newton

U.S. & Latin America Regional Director
Whole Planet Foundation
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Sandy Mariscal

Marketing and Outreach Program Manager
Whole Planet Foundation
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Victor Quiroz

Program Analyst
Whole Planet Foundation
ZoeSo

Zoe So

Program Manager - Africa and Middle East
Whole Planet Foundation

Advisory Committee

amanda musilli

Amanda Musilli

Mission & Higher Purpose Coordinator, South Region
Whole Foods Market
benjamin

Benjamin B. Orphan Eksouzian

Store Support Coordinator, Northern California Region
Whole Foods Market
Danna

Danna Fleishman

Customer Service Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Region
Whole Foods Market
denyse forbes

Denyse Forbes

Store Support Coordinator, Northeast Region
Whole Foods Market
emily krapausky

Emily Krapausky

Store Support Coordinator, Midwest Region
Whole Foods Market
Jaimee Rondeau

Jaimee Rondeau

Associate Marketing Coordinator, North Atlantic Region
Whole Foods Market
kar davis

Kar Davis

Support & Collaboration Associate Coordinator, Northern California Region
Whole Foods Market
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Magatte Wade

Founder and CEO
Tiossan
Marci

Marci Frumkin

Executive Marketing Coordinator, Southern Pacific Region
Whole Foods Market
Vidar Jorgensen

Vidar Jorgensen

Advisor
World Health Care Congress


Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about poverty, microcredit, or Whole Planet Foundation? Visit our FAQ page.

Microloans to more than 2,096,000 women entrepreneurs in 69 countries...

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Our Impact

  • Number of Countries: 69
  • Funds Committed: $73,495,440
  • Repayment Rate: 97%
  • People Supported: 11,520,000



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